Since I have been my own boss for over 7 years I will be conducting this evaluation by asking myself the questions. These questions will be important yet critical and will provide clear foresight for my quest. In appearance these questions may seem to be completely personal but they are also designed to help your own personal quest or conviction.
The Boss: Mr. Motown Maurice, can you please define what you mean when you say you’re on a quest?
Motown Maurice: Well, according to Wikipedia, a quest is journey towards a goal. In literature, objects of quests require great exertion on the part of the hero, and the overcoming of many obstacles. The hero normally aims to obtain something or someone by the quest, and with this object to return home. The object can be something new, that fulfills a lack in his life, or something that was stolen away from him or someone with authority to dispatch him.
The Boss: Motown Maurice, I applaud you for memorizing Wikipedia’s definition but please define the quest on the terms that you are in.
Motown Maurice: My bad. I’m on a quest to become a nationally syndicated late night talk show host. On September 19, 2010, I left my hometown Tampa, FL and relocated to Los Angeles, California seeking to fulfill my quest.
The Boss: Motown, don’t you think you’re over dramatizing it by calling it a quest. Why can’t you just say you have taken a trip to L.A. I assume you also think you’re a hero now.
Motown Maurice: The word trip would provide a false impression. This isn’t a vacation nor a getaway. I’m in L.A. for one reason only and that’s to host my own nationally syndicated late night talk show. I choose to describe it as a quest because there is no blue print that tells me how to accomplish this goal. Since the inception of late night talk shows in the early 1950’s there have only been a handful of hosts. Each host has their own unique story on how they received their own show. What makes my quest even more challenging is the difficulty of building a relationship with a network. The gates of Hollywood are heavily protected and are built to keep people out. I am virtually unknown in this industry and I am taking an unconventional path to achieve my goal. That’s why I’m on a quest.
Now to answer your question about me being a hero, I consider myself more as a seeker. However, I’m honored to say that in the eyes of many I’m considered a hero. I’ve lost track of the amount of people that have been inspired by my quest and envy my sacrifice. There are many people in my hometown that are living their dreams through my quest because they are not able to pick up and leave as I did. Many others are passionately rooting for a successful accomplishment. From that stand point I could be considered as a hero but I have a lot more to achieve before I truly deserve that title.
The Boss: How do you feel about your first 30 day’s? Do you feel like you have accomplished a lot? Are you satisfied?
Motown Maurice: I will never be satisfied until this quest is over. Then when this quest is over, I’m sure there will be another quest. My agent and many others say I’ve accomplished more than some people accomplish in a year. Let’s just say I’m far from content and I’m definitely not throwing a party. It’s possible I may have expected more out of my 1st 30 days. Now it’s more important to focus on the next 30 days and make sure it’s significantly more successful than the 1st 30 days.
The Boss: I understand the definition of a quest and what your quest is, but why are you doing this? What drives you? What is your motivation?
Motown Maurice: That’s a great question. Recently I was watching a 60 minutes interview with Eminem. For those of you who don’t know him, he is the most successful rapper of the last decade. If it makes any difference to you he is also white. The first thing Eminem said in the interview is, he’s trying to win the respect from the crowd and his fans.
After of a series of shows in Tampa I officially decided I wanted to become late night talk show host during the 2nd quarter of 2009. For the first time, every one of my personality traits, accomplishments and desires started to make sense. Than on January 23, 2010, I officially joined the late night race with the intentions of competing with The Tonight Show & The Late Show from Tampa, FL. I was obviously trying to gain the respect of Leno, Letterman and the other late night hosts. So now I’m in the main turf for late night shows and they still don’t know I exist. So like Eminem, a part of me is doing this to gain their respect and get their attention. Of course I also want the respect from the people. They are also the gate keepers to success.
Besides that, becoming a nationally syndicated late night talk show host is my purpose in life. As a host I am able to entertain and most importantly inspire. I love to inspire and improve the lives of others when I can. I truly don’t have any other options at this point. I have sacrificed everything to make this happen and there is no plan B. Either complete my quest or die. If you’re not willing to die for what you want then you probably don’t really want it. As scary as that may sound it’s the truth and it’s a requirement for success in epic portions.
The Boss: Are you being realistic about this quest? I hate to sound doubtful but realistically your chances are slim and there are several variables against you.
Motown Maurice: There are 4 things in this world that fascinates me beyond belief. There are subways, airplanes, highway/interstate and space traveling. Do you think any of these things was realistic before they were created? Yet, someone created an airplane and someone else set forth to build subways underground. Today we all see it as another way to get around but back in the days it wasn’t realistic. Nevertheless, it started in someone’s mind and we are enjoying the pleasures of it today.
I would like to expose you all to another side of the famous actor Will Smith in this video below. Please watch it. Not only do people say I look like him, but we also think very much alike. He can probably articulate success much better than me but our thoughts flow parallel. Please watch this video.
The Boss: Very inspiring video, now…
Motown Maurice: I’m sorry to cut you off but before you ask another question I would like to touch on something Will Smith said about talent and work ethic. Like him, I have never considered myself to be talented. I have an imagination that can be very creative but I am not talented. My confidence is in my work ethic. I work hard and I devote everything I have into my quest and anything I’m a part of. My skills are developing and they will continue to develop as I create.