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.