I hope you admire someone in your life. Why?
Well, if you admire someone, then it means that you recognise that person’s worth to you and how that person connects with your own beliefs and values.
Admiration for a person means that you have a strong sense of knowing how that person is better than most people you know. This in turn means that you have a clearer knowledge of who is right for you and who is not.
Allow me to share with you that I am a simple admirer of well known Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan. Having acted in about 50 films so far, Irrfan has made a name for himself with his powerful acting in the Hindi film industry. He is also making a name for himself in Hollywood. He has appeared in blockbuster films like ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘Jurassic World’. He will soon be seen in Dan Brown’s novel-to-film ‘Inferno’, where he has a role alongside Hollywood star Tom Hanks.
Now, why did I decide to share my admiration of Irrfan with you? I came to know yesterday that he turned down a role in Steven Spielberg’s next production because he didn’t find the role that was offered to him “inspiring enough”.
To tell you more, Irrfan has earlier turned down roles in major Hollywood films like ‘The Martian’ (2015 film directed by Ridley Scott), ‘Interstellar’ (2014 film directed by Christopher Nolan) and ‘Body of Lies’ (2008 film directed by Ridley Scott).
I don’t need to tell you that taking such decisions needs courage. If Irrfan decided that something doesn’t fit with what he believes in, then even if that something is full of gold and glamour, he won’t sign up for it. He will reject it. He did explain himself in an interview saying, “If I don’t find something that inspires me, I don’t think I will be the right choice to do it. I always go by my instinct. Just after reading the script, I know if I should do it or not.”
Irrfan understands himself, knows what he can offer and where he can find growth in his art.
This is why I think highly of Irrfan. He understands himself, knows what he can offer and where he can find growth in his art. If someone offers him a pot of gold and if he feels that he cannot give something back in return that has equal value, then his value system rejects the gold offering.
If more of us can develop the same kind of internal guidance system that Irrfan has in helping him make important life choices, then our life would become so much saner, simpler and happier.
I guess being true to ourselves and to what we can offer to the world in a genuine way, without being influenced by its 1001 charms, is one sure way to make our small contribution on this planet.