TV fans know Rainn Wilson as the eccentric paper salesman Dwight Schrute from "The Office," but before he found that level of fame, he faced devastating failure -- and it made all the difference.
"Always in the human experience, we find that some of the most difficult things that we've ever gone through -- the biggest tests or challenges that we're ever given as human beings -- actually are doorways to a new level of growth and new possibilities," Wilson said.
He detailed his own excruciating experience that became a turning point in his life, which happened when he was performing in the play "London Assurance."
"I was terrible in it. I was bad," Wilson said. "Oh my God, I stunk. I was so distraught, and I would be weeping in the middle of the night, calling my wife, and it was one of the hardest experiences I went through, to show up every day to a Broadway play knowing you suck."
Even after working with the director to right his performance, Wilson said he "just couldn't get it." But failing so spectacularly on such a significant stage turned into a breakthrough -- and as a result he explained he found "a whole new way of being":
After that, something broke. Something cracked. I fired my agents, I had no agents at the time, and I was just like, screw this, I'm not gonna be that kind of actor anymore. I've got to be me. I have to find my own truth, my way to just be odd and ungainly and weird and bring who I am through my characters. I don't need to try to be anything to impress anyone else or try and make people like me.
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