Growing UP, we’re filled with these grandiose ideas that anything is attainable if you work hard and stand strong for that in which you believe. There is an instinctual human allure with ‘making it’ and finally reaching the top. Your dreams are fulfilled, your goals have been achieved and now your life finally boasts purpose! Although individual visions may vary ‘from the top’, the view is nothing short of spectacular… or is it?
We began this journey as kids. There Stephen was in the seat next to me, with the same notion of “making it” in the movie business.
Besides the fact that we were the youngest in the class, it was Joan’s naturally ambitious attitude that I found so compelling.
It was obvious then we shared a mutual enthusiasm for the art of living. So, we climbed. Audition to audition, high school to college, first apartments to first investments, together enabling each other to make it to the next step.
Now adults, we recognize this multi-passionate lifestyle as the foundation for our entrepreneurial backbone. We are fortunate to travel the globe and engage in high-profile affairs. We’ve lived in many major cities and have gathered over a decade of scrapbook moments we dreamed about experiencing as children. During this time of annual reflection, we can’t help but ask ourselves… have we made it?
“Making it,” is nothing more than a shorter form of those who have “the grass is always greener” syndrome. Arriving at “the top” would mean stopping to go where you are going. That is, stopping to set goals, stopping to move forward. Without something to strive for, without a sought-after mission, the world becomes a hollow backdrop filled with mundane activities. It’s the moving that makes you go UP: the ability to stop, look down, and then continue to look UP at the possibilities ahead.
Sometimes you have to laugh out loud at how ridiculous life can be. The present day “you” is not exactly what you imagined for yourself 10 years ago. Whether you fall short of the goal line or surpass your own expectations, it’s up to you to dictate your own happiness. What goes UP must certainly come down, right? Well, so what if it does! It’s your partners, co-workers and family members that will keep you afloat in the mean time.
Joan & Stephen
Joan Roman & Stephen Ligambi are partners & founders of Uranium Productions, a boutique multimedia enterprise that specializes in entrepreneurial initiatives. “What makes U go UP?” is not only a tagline for our company, it’s a reflection of where we’ve come from and a motivation for where we want to go. For further information on UP services visit www.UraniumProductions.com