Notable Quotable: What I Do Defines Me


“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~Christian Bale, Batman Begins (2005)

I realized we hadn’t done a notable quotable in a long while, so I wanted to bring up a rather poignant one (and yes I do realize that this is the second notable quotable I’ve pulled from Batman Begins; What can I say, it was good writing).

The poetic and simultaneously blunt nature of this line is moving, because it cuts out a lot of the edges and gets straight to the point. This is a great, great thing to motivate you not just as an aspiring storyteller, but also everyday in your life.

Privately, on the inside or in your home, you might think of yourself as a “good person who does the right thing.” But none of that matters if NO ONE CAN SEE IT. If actions speak louder than words, then thoughts must be completely mute.

The things that you do, ARE the things that define you for other people. When you’re not around, when you can’t speak for yourself, people talk about the actions that you have performed, the things that they can quantify. These are the things that they use to build legacies about you, and how you will be remembered. Every day, you should get up and try to be the VERY BEST VERSION OF YOU that you can be, and not just for other people’s sake, but also for your own.

There will come a point in time, where you will no longer exist in this world. How do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be remembered as the person you wish you were on the inside, or as the person that you ARE? Get up, take charge, and leave your mark on the world in exactly the way that you want it to be.

~Oliver

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