This Canadian was a born entertainer. In school, his teacher let him perform his comedy routines for his classmates at the end of the day in exchange for being quiet during class. He used to wear his tap shoes to bed, just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.
When he was young, his father lost his job and the whole family had to live in a camper van on a relative’s lawn. They all took jobs working as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory – he himself worked an eight-hour shift straight after school.
He got his start as a stand-up comedian at 15, when his father drove him to Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s club. Wearing a yellow suit that his mother sewed, His debut bombed so badly that it gave him doubt whether he could make a living as an entertainer. Fortunately, he persevered and gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. A year later, he dropped out of high school to concentrate on his career.
His father was his biggest fan. His father believed in him.. His father was his BIGGEST ENCOURAGER.
At 19, he headed to Hollywood – but like many young actors trying to make it in Tinseltown, he found that success was elusive. In 1985, broke and depressed he drove his old beat-up Toyota up the Hollywood hills. There, sitting overlooking Los Angeles, he daydreamed of success.
To make himself feel better, he wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered,” post-dated it 10 years and kept it in his wallet.
When his father passed away in 1994, he slipped the check in the casket to be buried. His father was the only one who believed in him.
In 1997, Jim Carrey made 20 million dollars for “acting services rendered.”
He aligned his ant and his elephant on that day.
There’s this tiny insect, the Ant. The ant represents our CONSCIOUS mind. The ant produces 2,000 neurons per second.
Then there’s this gargantuan animal, the Elephant. The elephant represents our SUBCONSCIOUS mind. While the ant is producing 2,000 neurons per second, the elephant is producing 4 BILLION neurons per second.
2,000 neurons per second versus 4 BILLION neurons per second.
Clearly, our subconscious minds are one powerful beast. Have you ever heard of Albert Einstein? He said that:
‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.’
Einstein also said that:
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’
Scientists are notorious for being “just the facts, ma’am” type of people. Not so for Einstein. He was convinced that imagination will create new facts.
Can you say Steve Jobs Apple products?
The ant and the elephant are apparently in a constant civil war.
What this means is that what and how we think consciously is not always in the best interest of tapping into our greatest asset – our elephant.
It’s one thing to have a strong ‘WILL.’ But if we constantly feed negative into our subconscious, no WILL is strong enough to overcome what the subconscious has already begun to turn into reality.
The thoughts we think (the ant) , the images we visualize (the elephant) and the actions we take must be perfectly aligned in order to achieve success in anything in life.
Outside of CHARACTER, the way we align these three – conscious, subconscious, actions – is the second most important thing in life if we expect to achieve great things.
“It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”