Day 15: Knock! Knock!. Who’s there?

A: Knock! Knock!

B: Who’s there?

A: Opportunity

B: Can’t be!

A: Why not?

B: Opportunity never knocks twice!

Max Maltz, renowned plastic surgeon and self-help expert, believes opportunity never knocks twice. In fact, he says it never knocks at all!

He writes:

“You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all.”

This was what happened to Stanley Kubrick, the man who made such outstanding films as: “Dr Strangelove”, “Clockwork Orange”, “2001 – A Space Odyssey” and “Lolita”.

In 1950, Kubrick, aged twenty two, made his first film.

It was a short documentary called “Day of the Fight.”

Stanley expected to make a fortune on his film. Instead he netted a measly $100.

He was not discouraged though. He had a film showing in theatres. He knew the phone would soon ring off the hook. Hollywood producers would see his work and call with offers for him to direct big budget films.

The phone never rang.

Undaunted, he made another doco called “Flying Padre.” He successfully sold this film to RKO. Again, he waited for the phone calls from Hollywood to roll in.

He never got a single call.

Stanley was not one to give up easily.

Obviously documentaries were not the thing film producers were watching.

He decided to make a full length feature.

He borrowed $10,000 and, on the tightest of budgets, he produced and directed “Killer’s Kiss”.

He co-wrote the script, worked the camera, controlled the lighting, did the editing and cutting and swept the floors.

“Killer’s Kiss” was sold and released.

Meanwhile Stanley played chess in the park waiting for offers from the big studios.

They never came.

As it turned out, it was a good thing the phones never rang.

Lack of opportunity forced Kubrick to be a very much hands-on director. When Hollywood did finally discover him with offers to underwrite his films, he was well established as a director who did things his own way.

When he accepted an offer it was on the condition he be left alone to direct and edit his films his way.

This freedom was unique in Hollywood at the time.

Stanley Kubrick enjoyed this unique position because opportunity, as he understood it, never did knock. He created his own opportunity.

Maxwell Maltz wrote:

“What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all.

You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny.

You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live.”

Gerard, you are opportunity. Nothing will happen. Nothing will change. Nothing until you take charge.

© 2019 well imagine that pty/ltd

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