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Nick Cage on pushing the envelope

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Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage confronts many of the same issues as other successful people in midcareer. See if his observations resemble yours:
  • Meaningful work. Cage wanted to create something more important than entertainment when he took a role in the movie World Trade Center. He notes that actors can use storytelling to ease pain.

    Reality check: What skills can you apply to make your work more meaningful?

  • Amount of work. Saying he’s happiest while working, Cage avoids the label “workaholic,” casting himself as a creative type, instead.

    “When people say I work too much, I say, well, H.G. Wells wrote a lot of books. Were people going to tell him to stop?”

    Cage points out that a time will come when he can’t work as quickly. That’s partly why he’s cramming in so much now.

    Reality check: Does your workload feel right to you?

  • “There’s a grace that comes with age,” Cage says. “You say the right thing at the right time, as opposed to blurting things out. You can get your emotions to work for you rather than run you down. We all have fire in us. It just needs to be harnessed.”

    Reality check: Are you using the wisdom of your experience to lead?
-- Adapted from “Uncaged,” Meg Grant, Reader’s Digest.

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