Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Making It

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

March 9, 2009



This essay, Making It, was written at the same time as Razor Thin Line.

I am indebted to Victoria Hamilton-Rivers who inspired this conversation.




What is making it?

What does it mean to have made it  in life?

Who will tell you what making it  is?

Who will tell you what you have to do to "make it"?

I'll tell you what making it  is. But don't listen to me tell you what making it  is like it's "the truth". In this work, nothing is "the truth". Rather, listen to me tell you what making it is like a possibility.

Is making it acquiring wealth?  Is making it amassing possessions?  Is making it becoming world famous?  Is making it having a town named after you?  Is making it having a million strong fan club  screaming for you? Is making it winning an Oscar?  An Emmy?  Is making it when there's a monument built for you?  Is making it when you have your own talk show?

The answer? None of the above.

Here's what making it  is:

I was born. Therefore I've made it. End of story.

You're born. Ergo  you've made it. What else did you think making it  is? That's it. And this is it.

Now that you know what making it  is, I'll tell you what you have to do to make it.

To make it, what you have to do is nothing.

Making it  is actually very easy. You've already  made it.

It's doing nothing  that's the hard part.



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