Beyond Mediocrity

If you appreciate true stories about people who take unreasonable actions, you are sure to enjoy the film Jodorowsky's Dune. While exploring Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsuccessful attempt to adapt the science fiction novel Dune into a film in the mid-1970's, the director Frank Pavich captures Jodorowsky's unstoppable spirit!

Throughout the movie Jodorowsky shares the different encounters he had with the people he wanted to be involved in his film - people like Salvador Dalí, Mick Jager, Pink Floyd, Orson Wells, Dan O'Bannon, and H.R. Giger. A common theme is the ease he experienced in meeting those individuals and persuading them to be on his team.

What you cannot help noticing is that Jodorowsky spent no time at all thinking about the challenges or difficulties he might face - he spent his time being in action! Indeed, being in action is such a habitual way of being that even the "failure" to get his film project produced simply leads him to his next step of writing comic books!

It is not necessary to know all the steps that you need to take to produce a particular outcome; it is only necessary that you take the next step. By taking the next step, or the first step that you can see that there is to take, you make it possible for the next step to become visible.

It sounds reasonable to have a complete and detailed plan before taking any action, but doing what is reasonable usually fails to push anyone out of the zone of mediocrity. To experience something new and extraordinary, you must push beyond what is reasonable and look to taking unreasonable actions.

While it's certainly reasonable to think about the things you want to do, being in action on the court is where any game is played. Take one action today that until now you were tempted to think about.