There’s a really simple secret to success, Bill Murray told a packed theater full of fans at the Toronto International Film Festival: Just relax.
The actor delighted fans by showing up on a day the festival had dedicated as Bill Murray Day. Hundreds lined up for hours to see screenings of some of Murray’s most iconic films, Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters.
It was Ghostbusters that made Murray a nearly-overnight success, but when Murray took the stage after the film’s screening to do a special Q&A with fans, he said Ghostbusters isn’t the secret to his fame.
“I think the only reason I’ve had the career life I’ve had is someone told me some secrets early on about living,” The Star reports he said. “The more relaxed you are the better you are.”
It’s not the first time Murray has given fans this piece of advice. He told the New York Times in 2012, “The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.”
But maybe Murray’s take on life is a little too optimistic. The actor has a reputation for being a little too laid-back, often showing up late for interviews or cutting events short.
Then again, there are studies all over that say that things like better sleep and less stress lead to better productivity. An article by Lifehacker sums it up well, saying, “The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.”
So, maybe Murray is onto something, but more than likely, there’s a healthy balance to be found between hustle and downtime.