A Brilliant Insight from Jenna Fischer

I was recently listening to an episode of the Office Ladies podcast in which Zach Woods joined Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey for a chat. Zach asked some great questions, including one about what the Office ladies would go back and tell their younger selves before/during the filming of The Office.

I really loved Jenna Fischer’s answer, which appears around 59:00 into the podcast (listen here). She essentially says that she wishes she could tell herself to just enjoy working on The Office. When the show was doing well, she had a lot of people telling her that this was her one time to make it big and that she should say yes to as many acting opportunities as possible before they went away.

Jenna reflects on that experience, saying that while she is grateful for those opportunities, she was having such a wonderful time making The Office and didn’t need anything else. She wishes she could have embraced the one thing–paired with the areas of her personal life she wishes she could have explored deeper during that time instead of sacrificing them–instead of trying to do a bunch of things.

I even like the way Jenna said it, as she wasn’t trying to give advice to listeners: Her experience and reflections may not be the best fit for others who enjoy doing a variety of things. But for some it may really hit home, and it made me glad to have focused so much on Stonemaier Games over the last 11 years (and focusing on only one or two games at a time over those years).

What do you think about Jenna’s reflection?

2 thoughts on “A Brilliant Insight from Jenna Fischer”

  1. I’ve always been someone who’s been interested in many things and could never seems to pick just 1 thing to do. I had gone through a 3 year period where I was having a really difficult time gaining any opportunities to work after I had graduated from undergrad. Now, I jump on almost every opportunity I receive. This has caused me so much anxiety and stress, but I believe it comes from this fear that I might not get another opportunity, and the guilt of thinking, “I should be grateful to receive an opportunity at all.” Lately, I’ve been practicing turning down opportinuties for my own mental health and to have time to spend with the people I love and participating in hobbies and activities that are just for me. This has been exceptionally challenging for me as someone who has so many different interests and a curious mind. I think the path to fulfillment and joy is being able to balance all your interests, opportunities, and life outside of those worlds. Sometimes that means saying no to certain things, but not saying no to an entire part of your world.

    • I really like the way you said this, and I can definitely relate to struggling with “no” to opportunities (but often finding myself relieved when I’m able to do so and remain focused on what’s most important to me).


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