I had a student in my film acting class who was a doctor at The Ohio State University and he took the class to improve his presentation skills. His name was Zulfiqar and he went by “Z.” Z took the 8 week film acting course and after the class ended, he and I were backstage, and he said something to me that I still think about to this day:

“Chad I had it all wrong… I took acting thinking it would be about creating characters and playing roles- in short, acting a part. However, after I finished this course I realized I had it backwards. The real act is when I am at work as a doctor working with my patients, while the time I am real and genuine is when I am on stage performing.”

What roles do you play in life?

• Parent
• Leader
• Employee
• Son/ Daughter
• Supervisor
• Mom/ Dad
• Girlfriend/ Boyfriend
• Teacher/ Student
• Husband/ Wife

We need to ask ourselves which roles in life do we enjoy playing and which roles in life are we unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and want to change? Professionally speaking, the role I enjoy the most is being a motivational speaker. I love practicing and preparing my talks, sharing my stories, and hoping to inspire audiences to think and act different. I wish I took on the role of a motivational speaker on 10 years earlier, it is what energizes and inspires me.

Back to “Z”, he ended up moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he continues to play the role of a doctor and also that of an actor. He is going to produce/ act in his own short film this coming year. As William Shakespeare famously said, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” You and I are on the stage of life, what roles have we created for ourselves?

Chad J. Willett (National Speakers Association/ Screen Actors Guild) is a motivational speaker who quotes William Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Meg Whitman, Elon Musk, Muhammad Ali and other creative geniuses to challenge the status quo of thinking and operating.