WWWSD?

Anyone reading this who knows me in real life has probably asked themselves why it took so long for a post with this theme to appear.

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You see, I am an unabashed William Shatner fan.

I love the guy.  Sure he’s Hollywood’s clown, but he is also a fine Emmy-winning actor who has a terrific sense of humor about himself. He loves himself, that’s obvious, but somehow he manages to pull that off without taking himself too seriously.  Plus he’s Captain Kirk.  That ought to be all I need to say.

So, this past March Dude and I traveled to Cleveland to see him perform as he toured around the USA with his one-man show, Shatner’s World.  It was two hours of Bill on Bill.  I was in heaven.

He basically told his life story from birth and the seemingly off-the-cuff storytelling was interspersed with photos and video clips of performances and interviews, plus home movies and family photos.  Like I said above, there is no doubt that William Shatner loves William Shatner.  It was obvious that he loved just talking about himself.

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So yes, Shatner’s World was great fun for those of us who are fans, however, there was more to the performance than just the ramblings of an 81 year-old guy.  There was a really cool recurring theme to all of his anecdotes and it was the theme for the entire show.  How did William Shatner go from unknown Canadian youth to the greatest actor in the world? (OK, that might be hyperbole and my fandom speaking, but he has had a long and successful career.)  He attributed it to one thing:

He always said yes.

As he retold two hours worth of stores about performing as a child in youth theater in Canada to selling his own kidney stone on eBay for charity (I kid you not), he said that he did anything and everything he could to stay relevant.  He said yes to everything.

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So this has me thinking…. How can I be more like William Shatner?  I’m asking myself “What Would William Shatner Do?”

I think there is something to be learned from this.  How often do we say no to things?  How often are we closed off to new experiences, new opportunities, new adventures?  How often are we putting negativity on our own circumstances?  How many times a day do you tell yourself that you can’t do something, or won’t do something?

I know with my own life I fell victim to my own negative self-talk.  I was quite closed off to new people and new experiences.  I can’t truthfully say that seeing Shatner’s World changed my life, but it was very enlightening to hear from someone who has had a 60+ year career that the key to his success can be attributed to positivity and saying yes to nearly everything that was offered to him.

So today I’m going to throw this out to you.  Answer these few questions:

  • What have you said yes to lately?
  • What do you think will happen if you start saying yes more often?
  • In what aspects of your life can you welcome new experiences?
  • How has being closed off to new experiences or opportunities hindered your happiness?
  • How are you going to be more like William Shatner? (ha)

Share with me in the comments or on Facebook.  I can’t wait to hear how I’ve turned you all in to Shatner disciples!

1 Comment

  1. Jake
    September 3, 2012 12:48 pm

    Great philosophy as we’ve discussed. Of your posts that I’ve read, this is one of the better ones! Good job.

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