Long before Steven Spielberg made E.T., his dad told him to “work his way up” to the director’s chair.1
Spielberg wisely ignored his father’s advice. He said, “The first film I do, I will be the director.”
He never worked in the mailroom and never brought anyone coffee. Instead of painstakingly working his way up through the ranks, he made amateur films – and heck, he even charged some of his friends 25 cents to watch them.
And when the time was right, Steven Spielberg was the director on the first professional film he worked on.2
I call this strategy “Cutting The Line,” and that’s just one of the seven secrets of wildly successful entrepreneurs.
Want to know the other 6? I reveal them all in this new video.
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When you’re done, here’s what I want to hear from you:
Do you have a secret you live by?
If enough good ones get shared, I plan on doing a followup where I share the best on my new Periscope channel (you can find me @DerekHalpern).
1Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition, by Joseph McBride
2Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition, by Joseph McBride