Someone will always have a higher jump or a more beautiful line.


“I felt like there had been some mistake,” she said. “…that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company.”…When Portman was finally able to combat these feelings of self-doubt, there’d be more roadblocks to overcome…

By the time Portman got to “Black Swan,” she said that “the experience was completely [her own].” Portman had vowed to only sign onto projects that she could glean meaningful things from. And Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” — a project she admits she was “woefully unprepared for” and was “15 years away from being a ballerina” when she signed on for — would carry, perhaps, one of Portman’s most meaningful life experiences.

“It was instructive for me to see that for ballet dancers — once your technique gets to a certain level — the only thing that separates you from others is your quirks,” Portman said. “Or even, flaws … 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, 2015 Harvard Commencement Speech

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  1. Thanks for this post, David. Just what my young daughter needs to learn, and believe, at the moment.

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  2. Very true (and wise, and humble). I like her. Believe it or not, one night while in a chat room, someone whispered me privately and said she was in a hotel in Chicago and was bored to tears. She wasn’t sure why she was in a religion chat, but was finding it fun. She shared something personal after I failed to recognize her real name OR her character in Star Wars — at which she had roared with real delight. It seemed my words helped. Well, they could hardly have hurt. She’s a down to earth girl, and as sweet as she looks. It’s good (especially for the young) to hear from celebs who are real.

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  3. “Be the best at developing your own self.” Yep, that’s it in a nutshell. So simple and yet so damned difficult at times….

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  4. the only thing you can be. yes.

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