Natalie Portman – Develop Your Own Self Video

Natalie Portman invites us to focus on ourselves instead of wanting to be the best.

“Some combination of being nineteen, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side effects, and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months, led me to some pretty dark moments, particularly during sophomore year. There were several occasions I started crying in meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off, when I could barely get myself out of bed in the morning. Moments when I took on the motto for my school work, done, not good. I’m still learning now that it’s about good and maybe never done, that the joy and work ethic and virtuosity we bring to the particular can impart a singular type of enjoyment to those we give to and of course to ourselves. You can never be the best technically. Someone will always have a higher jump or a more beautiful line. The only thing you can be the best at is developing your own self.”
– Natalie Portman