Film Courage: What about the theory that they say most entrepreneurs that are successful didn’t want to look at some of the odds. You know the infamous Steve Jobs speech [from a 1997 Apple commercial that never aired], the ones that don’t see it [failure]. Do you think that also plays a part, not that they can’t do anything else but that they…I don’t want to say naively believe because it’s not naive but they can’t see that they won’t succeed. I’m not explaining it right, forgive me.
David Willis, screenwriter/producer: I know what you’re talking about. I’ve heard really successful people talk about how they didn’t know that they couldn’t do something, so they did it.
“Successful people talk about how they didn’t know that they couldn’t do something, so they did it.”
Film Courage: Right or sometimes smart people talk themselves out of something.
David: Yes, I mean there are two sides. One is you willfully just ignore bad odds. You just say You know what, it’s hard to make a movie. It’s hard to make money from a movie. It’s hard to return the investor’s money and give them a profit. Okay? So I’m not going to do it.
Or you say Hhmm? It’s hard to return investor’s money on a movie and be successful. I’m going to look at the things people did to see why they weren’t successful and I’m not going to do that. I’m going to do something to make it successful.
So there is just willfully pushing that stuff aside and making your own damn path.
Then of course there’s the other way where you’re just sometimes…you know, in ignorance there is bliss.
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