Ever since I was a kid, I’ve never really given too much thought about how ‘ridiculous’ I may look or what my odds may be when I attempt to do something like audition for a play, shave my head on national TV to help raise money for cancer research or try to get a client on CNBC. This has been one of those double-edged swords that I’m the proud owner of.
I always figure that if you’re going to see what the water is like, you may as well dive in. It’s worked quite well for me in a lot of respects…in other areas, it’s been the source of an embarrassing story or two (dozen) – like the first time I tried my first ‘black run’ on the slopes (but that story is for another day). All in all, if I mess up, let’s make a BIG MESS.
This is not to say that I abandon reason. I just try (as much as I can) to push myself to push my own limitations.
This is why people like female bullfighter Ana Infante and Lance Armstrong fascinate the heck outta me – they put the pedal to the medal and kick their fears in the gut. Even if they’re terrified of defeat or embarrassment.
Now, if you can push your own limits and make me laugh, you’ve got a devoted and loyal fan in me. THIS is why I am crazy about Will Ferrell. I can think of at least a dozen scenes (like this Semi-Pro teaser or when he served up some embarrassing moves as ‘Greg’ on SNL) where he just GOES FOR IT.
And let’s not forget his infamous skit with the incredible Christopher Walken where he had to give ‘Bruce Dickenson’ MORE COWBELL…!
Will Ferrell not only went for more cowbell – he ‘really explored the space’ and he wore a tight shirt to accentuate his fervor. He just dove in, head-first – throwing self awareness and hesitation out the window.
In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons Will Ferrell is so funny at stuff like this is because he is completely earnest in portraying these characters. He lets these people be real human beings – even if they have interesting quirks like rockin’ the cowbell or lifting weights in the office. Will Ferrell follows through with a specific purpose and vision – a real craftsman.
When was the last time you completely followed through with your idea or vision? You don’t have to be an artist or carpenter to be a ‘craftsman’ – this kind of ‘cowbell fervor’ can be used when you write a press release or develop a marketing plan. Why just go through the motions? Why not try to be as daring as Ana Infante, Lance Armstrong or Will Ferrell? You’ve got nothing to lose.
You may surprise yourself if you try making the commitment to go for more cowbell.