“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” Lin-Chi
This simply means, do what you have to do. The trick is finding out what you really need and then pursuing it. There are so many things that an actor initially has to give up to achieve success. It is important to find the thing that makes you whole. For this you have to look into your soul or your true nature. The thing that makes you whole will very rarely be drugs, alcohol, or wild parties. These are distractions that will frustrate you from your ultimate goal. Love, God, family are all things that can give you strength. These are some of the positive, life-affirming things that you should fall back on during rough spots in your career. Do not abandon them.
Another way of viewing this quote is that you should not deny yourself the things you need. Some people get into the habit of living for tomorrow, or living for someone else. This is wrong. You were not put on this earth to live for someone else. You are supposed to live your own life. Sometimes that means being selfish, not often, but sometimes. Mostly it means that you should not deny your own happiness for someone else’s happiness. It is not a question of his way or your way. There is always a middle ground where you can both come together.