Alan Alda’s Goal-Free Quote

October 7, 2005  

In Alan Alda’s new book, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed (And Other Things I’ve Learned) , he tells a story about “The Apple Tree,” a mid-’60s Broadway play, which resulted in a Tony nomination. What he recalls in the book is wondering where his career was going.

In a recent CNN interview, Alda is quoted as saying, “The story I tell about standing under the silk shroud in ‘The Apple Tree’ and my career had come to nothing so far, and then realizing that I was looking at it wrong — instead of thinking about what I ought to be doing, I should be thinking about what I’m doing,” he says, “and make the most of what I have in front of me.”

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