Mark Morris is a famous contemporary dancer and choreographer in New York. His dance company, The Mark Morris Dance Group tours the world, has its own large buildingin Brooklyn (not just the usual New York rented loft space) and has its own school for children. He’s successful, cutting-edge, critically acclaimed and really, really good at what he does.
I saw him being interviewed on television one evening several years ago. He said something that really stayed with me, something I always remember when I need a little jolt of inspiration. To paraphrase:
“When new dancers come to work for my company, I tell them, ‘This is it’. In other words, this is as good as it gets. They’re here to do their life’s best work, they’re not here just to fill time until WHAT THEY REALLY WANT TO DO comes along. And I only work with dancers who can sincerely operate at that level.”
“This is it”. When somebody is talking about bringing their best self to work and doing their best work, this is what they’re talking about.