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Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

In a roundtable interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern said that when her third grade teacher told her to keep her eyes on her own paper, it was the greatest piece of advice she was ever given.

I’m at a point in my life where I feel as though I’ve fallen a little behind. I would have loved to move to Los Angeles right after graduating from college over a year ago, but as life goes, things didn’t work out as I had planned. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this downtime, but I think one of my most important lessons is accepting that things oftentimes don’t work out as you thought they would, and that’s okay. In a way it’s actually kind of exciting.

Although most of my fellow graduates are already starting their careers in Los Angeles, I’m on a different path right now. I need to keep my eyes on my own paper. Whatever I’m doing – whether it’s working an odd job or taking classes – I’m learning. It helps me to know that Larry David was once a cab driver and a bra salesman, and look how his life has turned out! Whatever we’re doing or where ever we’re going, we’re doing it for a reason. So what if it takes me longer to get to LA than those I went to college with? That’s okay. I have to keep my eyes on my own paper.

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