Here’s how James Cameron, who made the movie “Titanic,” mixed opposite qualities to talk Hollywood into letting him dive and film the real ship two miles under the ocean:
First, he pitched the studio his idea by balancing his passion with cold calculation. He proposed the exploratory Titanic dives (passion) as a marketing hook, arguing that if he got killed in a dive, it would happen before the main movie production, so the studio wouldn’t lose too much money (calculation).
Second, he and his crew built a state-of-the-art underwater camera system using two Russian Mir submersibles and a remotely operated vehicle called Snoop Dog. While Cameron is extremely proud of these devices (ego), he also balances his pride by admitting that he easily could have died (humility) when his curiosity overcame his judgment and he took the vehicle down the Titanic’s grand staircase.
So, what opposite characteristics do you balance?
— Adapted from “The Drive to Discover,” James Cameron, Wired