The story of Guy Lalibert’e is as fascinating as one of his Cirque’s show. He was born in Quebec City, Canada. At the age of 16 Guy had decided to pursue his passion in performing arts. By 18th Guy had left home and hitchhike across Europe working as a street performer. During that time Guy had spend nights at public benches and met many other street performers along the way. He also learned many tricks such as the art of fire-breathing and stilt-walking.
So how does a bunch of unemployed street performer kids turn into the Cirque Du Soleil that we know?
In 1984 when Guy was 24th he got his first big break, he landed a contract to stage a street show for Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebration. It was a rough start, Guy said, “We had every problem starting a big top could have. The tent fell down on the first day. We had problems getting people into the shows. It was only with the courage and arrogance of youth that we survived.”
Three years gone by Cirque Du Soleil was doing well. But Guy Lalibert’e wanted more… so in 1987 Guy took a huge gamble. He risked everything to take his circus to the Los Angeles art festival. The cost for him and his Cirque to make the trip to Los Angeles would clean out his company’s entire cash reserve. Guy said, ““I bet everything on that one night,” he recalled. If we failed, there was no cash for gas to come home.”
Well, I am sure that you don’t need me to tell you the rest, almost everyone in America have seen or heard of Cirque Du Soleil. However, not every know about Guy Lalibert’e’s triumphant story.
If Guy Lalibert’e did wait until he has money to get home, the result might have been different. That is what it means to take “Imperfect Action!”
Just find a way to get there first…worry about come home after! Look where it has taken Guy Lalibert’e.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
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