Eric Schaeffer
Theater director

Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.

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Passion and energy first

Q: How do you define success?

I think to be successful one needs to have passion and energy first. Many people can pretend to be successful but success truly comes when you are doing something that you love to do.That takes endless energy and boundless passion -- you have to be willing to do anything to make it happen. 

I think too many times today people want to reach that successful place in their careers without putting all the building blocks in place. It takes time and courage. It also takes commitment that is more than 40 hours a week at a regular job. You can't put a time limit on it.

Success really begins with yourself and what you believe in. And how hard you are really willing to work for it. I remember I had a professor in college who told me anyone can make you a better artist but no one can make you a better person. It has to begin with you -- and then the possibilities are endless.

By Eric Schaeffer  |  November 2, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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