“I’m not a great actor—let’s face it. I don’t have a great deal of scope. There are certain things I can do, but when I’m bad, I stink.”
Steve McQueen is a style icon. Bullitt is one of my favourite movies. But, in his own words, he wasn’t the best actor.
He knew what he was good at, and he stuck to it. He was very good at it. His lack of pretension around what he did is refreshing.
Maybe we should all take a leaf out of his book, take ourselves less seriously, and focus on what we’re innately good at. That’s not to say we can’t learn skills or get better – that’s the antithesis of everything I believe in.
But we’ve got to be honest with ourselves about what we’re good at and what we enjoy. They’re different things. Self delusion serves nobody.