Early Lessons in Humility
Back when I was young, foolish, and had all the answers, I was asked by the TV station I was working for to do a commercial for a local top-40 radio station.
Having been a top-40 DJ myself before going into TV, I felt I was more than qualified.
I took my time doing it. When it was done, it zipped along with images of DJs, turntables, records, carts, all the rest -- and behind it all was a selection of rock music that really
Since I was proud of it, I showed it to a man more than twice my age, who had been in the business a few decades.
Maybe I wanted to show him what the new generation was capable of.
He looked at
it, but didn't say anything. (He was a man of few words on the best of days.) But as he was leaving the screening room he turned around and asked, "Do you mind if I borrow your original footage?"
With the commercial done I didn't see any harm in that, so I gave him the single reel of my 16mm raw footage.
A couple days later he handed me a small, 60--second reel of film. Again, he didn't say anything. He just walked away.
I was, of course, curious as to what was going on, so I put the film on a projector.
What I saw all came from my original footage. But even with the great ego investment I had in my own version, I had to admit what was totally obvious: his version totally blew mine out of the water.
He never told the management what he had done, or even let them to see his version.
I learned an awful lot about humility that day.
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