That doesn’t mean you should bail when things are hard.
It means that you are not a victim to your circumstances.
If the level of the project that you’re taking part in is not up to your standards, you have to leave.
You can’t let other people ruin you.
Your name is all you have.
For this 5-Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with writer and producer Phil Rosenthal where he shared the secret to doing work that you’re proud of.
Philip Rosenthal is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also the creator and star of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, Exporting Raymond, and I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.
Phil tries to keep his shows at a level that he is happy with. If they’re not working, he is willing to leave and try something else.
It’s not easy, but ultimately it’s for the best.
Learn how to have high standards and be in control of your narrative in Episode 786.
Lewis: This is 5-Minute Friday!!
I had the pleasure of sitting down with an incredible human being his name is Phil Rosenthal and he’s an American television writer, producer who is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer for the sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ He has had 70 Emmy nominations for his show and won 2 Emmy’s. Also an author and producing a new show ‘I’ll have what Phil’s having.’
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Did you feel like your identity was tied up in the show for that long?
Phil: Yeah, that’s what I do that’s who I am, I make that trip and I’m proud of it. I work my butt off to make sure it’s good every week. There’s some shows that are better than ours how could they not be, but there’s a level you should never go below. I learned that in school we had a professor who said “There’s a level of quality you can’t go below” and if we keep that line in our heads maybe our work is better, right?
Phil: Otherwise we have no standards so it’s good to have standards.
Lewis: What was the show that you did that you felt like it went below there?
Phil: Everything else. I had as my friend used to say “You got the horses on that show” meaning the great actors, and the great writers too. I had everything working right.
Lewis: The right time.
Phil: Yes, I’m trying my work not to go below a certain level that I can live with, I quit if it’s not good. I go to school and college and talk to people sometimes, I tell them that I’m only half joking if you take from this meeting today is always quit. What does that mean? If the level is unsatisfactory to you, if you feel like getting so many notes that it is now diminishing what you had in mind you have no recourse but to leave. What we come with is ourselves and all we can go with is with ourselves, right?
Phil: So, no you cannot ruin me, I won’t allow it. I have standards if you don’t. Now, am I being political when I do that? Am I playing them? Am I trying for something? No, I really mean it when I quit and it’s agonizing, it’s not something I do lightly. But sometimes you have to go because it’s not gonna be right, and if it’s not right and you’ve tried it. I’m not saying quit every day, I’m saying you’ve tried everything you see the train is gonna hit that wall, jump off that train. If the train is gonna hit the wall we try to take the wheel, we try to steer it so it doesn’t but if you see it the last minute you got to get out of there, because your name is all you have.
Lewis: And when did you realize like now is the time? Was it the 7th season? Or was it like during the last season?
Phil: No, I planned it. I learned from the shows that I loved that went before us, you know why not learn from the best? So you see these things that you love and you try to emulate them, you try to use the good examples then.
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