I was a Forrest Gump impersonator.
I worked for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company from March 1996 until February 2011 – one month shy of fifteen years.
Today I’m part speaker, communicator, conference host, and entertainer. Companies and associations hire me to help their employees and members discover their individual greatness. Individuals take inspiration from Forrest Gump and my message of Gumption.
Balancing the amount of Steve, the amount of Gumption, and the amount of Forrest has been a challenge.
What is the right amount? How much of each do I give?
Fortunately, with continued practice and opportunities, the right balance is becoming clear.
Steve and Gumption are taking center stage.
Forrest is still present.
Forrest still plays an important role.
But Forrest is no longer front and center.
Forrest is now a supporting actor.
This is a good thing.
I feel liberated.
I feel free.
I feel more genuine and authentic.
I’m not Forrest.
I’m not Tom Hanks.
Last week at a barbeque I attended on my 54th birthday, this important distinction became obvious. I can still entertain and inspire as Steve … I don’t need to be Forrest.
I’m tired of pretending.
I’m tired of being an impersonator.
I’m tired of being a novelty act.
Now is the time to get real.
Now is the time to make a difference.
After all, at best, I only have 25 to 35 more productive years.
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