SmartBrief is partnering with Big Think to create a weekly video spotlight in SmartBrief on Leadership called “VIP Corner: Video Insights Powered by Big Think.” This week, we’re featuring stand-up comedian and actress Margaret Cho.

As an Asian-American woman in the world of comedy, an industry dominated by white men, Margaret Cho has had to struggle against others’ expectations to succeed. “There are many aspects to my personality that don’t really fit within the idea of what we think of traditionally as a stand-up comic,” she said.

Whatever your passion, it’s important to pursue your goals and not let others dictate how you live your life, she said.

“A lot of people make the mistake of allowing their families to choose their paths for them,” she said. “They allow other people to advise them into careers that they don’t want to be in.”

Persistence is essential for achieving success, Cho said. Stick-to-itiveness beats out other factors such as talent and education, she said. And by pursuing your passion, you will attain the fulfillment that comes with doing what you care about, she said.

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3 responses to “VIP Corner: Margaret Cho on following your passion”

  1. andy_mcf says:

    When we use our strengths on a daily basis we are energized, engaged, and contribute at our highest level. The work seems more like fun than drudgery. We owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be. When we do, the companies we work for benefit, shareholders benefit (through improved profitability) and society benefits. Life is too short to merely mark time in an unfulfilling job so… Believe, Change, ACHIEVE!

  2. This is a good piece however I disagree that Talent is not a factor. "Stick-to-it-iveness," IS a Talent. Not everyone is wired the same way and many lack Ambition. With the right coaching, a person can temporarily be persistent but will never give 110+% on their own.