“Show Up!” A Life Lesson From Bill Cosby

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In my eyes Bill Cosby is one of the most talented men to have ever walked this planet. I know that’s a bold statement, but it’s true. As a pioneering comedian and actor, Cosby is also a musician, educator, writer, producer, activist, philanthropist – and God knows what else – who has left a mark on the world so big that you would have to be blind not to notice.

Even the clueless know Cosby for his creation of the award-winning ’80’s hit sitcom “The Cosby Show,” and some may even remember when he made history in the ’60’s on “I Spy” by becoming the first black to co-star in a TV drama. I was recently reminded of Cosby’s brilliance this past weekend when I had the pleasure of lucking up on an episode of the ’70’s cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” Watching the cartoon instantly took me back to being a kid when life felt more innocent and black pride in the black communities was encouraged on a regular basis.

It doesn't look exactly like him, but this is "Bucky," my tribute to the Cosby's Junkyard Kids.

It doesn’t look exactly like him, but this is “Bucky,” my tribute to Cosby’s Junkyard Kids.

Back then I loved the cartoon, because even though the main characters were boys, the kids had brown skin like mine and lived in an urban environment just like I did. Watching the show recently made me have a new appreciation for the details that were paid to the features of each character, purposefully designed with full lips and wide noses. The positive message that the audience was left with at the end of each show was a bonus prize from Cosby which seemed to be his way of making the world a better place.

To this day, Cosby still leaves everyone that can hear his voice with his personal bonus prize. It may start out as a joke, but by the time he finishes speaking there will be a message for you to take and do with it what you will. After having recently received the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence during the American Comedy Awards, Cosby told the audience (and anyone who has a goal) that one of the most important things to do when it comes to accomplishing your dreams is to not fall victim to fear, but to “show up” instead.

“You have to show up,” said Cosby. “You cannot allow yourself to talk yourself into being so scared of who you are, because you are the only person who can represent who you are.”

Watch the legendary comedian’s full and funny acceptance speech, and the introduction given by fellow funny man Chris Rock, in this post about the American Comedy Awards from the website Shadow and Act.

I hope this bonus prize does you some good today.

Until next time…

Marti

 

 

 

 

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