Why Success Takes a Lot More than Just Desire
Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke

I actually met a prospective filmmaker recently who moved to Los Angeles to become a film director. I asked him what he’d directed so far and he replied, “Nothing.” But that wasn’t all. I discovered he’d never taken a class, never read any books on the subject, never worked on any projects at all. All he had was the desire to become a director, and he was sure that would open doors in Hollywood.

I wanted to laugh, but at the same time I became really depressed. He left his job in the Midwest and moved here with no training, no education, no experience – nothing. Worse, he didn’t really feel he needed any of that stuff because he was so passionate about it.

After all, he’d seen a lot of movies.

You know the old example of having brain surgery from a doctor who hasn’t had any training or experience, but he’s really passionate about brain surgery? You’d run away as fast as you can, right?

It’s the same way with your career or calling.

Desire is great. Passion is great. But never underestimate the time, sweat, late hours, and hard work it will take to achieve your goal. I can tell you that in Hollywood, you’re competing with people who live and breathe filmmaking. People who don’t just watch films, but analyze them, discuss them, take classes, read voraciously, and have spent their life learning how to launch a career in the industry.

Desire is only the first step on the journey toward your career.
Phil Cooke
Even more important, it will be a long and often difficult journey. And the fact that you feel God’s called you to it, won’t make it any easier.

The question is – are you up for it?


Phil Cooke is a producer and media consultant to churches and ministries across the country. His latest book is “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media.” Find out more at www.philcooke.com.

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