Prince: Industry Icon, Music Maverick, Record Label Titan, Artist Advocate.
This week, the death of Prince saddened an entire world. To quote Whoopi Goldberg, “this is what it sounds like when doves cry.” (also uttered by my equally poetic husband).
His life is worthy of examination if you are a pursuer of greatness. So what was his magic equation? Talent paired with enough good luck doesn’t cut it for a multi-decade ride as a living legend, influencer, and trailblazer.
PASSION: Prince lived his life with laser focus on his passion. The result? Prolific music, discovery of modern talent, precise delivery of electrifying live shows, the ability to shape shift with changing times, and an output level that would take most people twice as long.
DISCIPLINE: Most of us think about time as a limited asset; a constraining factor to achievement. But if your achievements take half the time as others, you’ve doubled time. Not literally but practically. Clearly, his volume of work alone is a phenomenal study in “time management;” turning the idea of time as a ticking time bomb limiting our potential on its head.
COURAGE: Prince took a stand against an industry he viewed as corrupt – not just for his own gain but for the benefit of well & little known artists everywhere. He surfaced up and coming stars, he took risks on stage. He stayed true to his essence without regard of criticism or judgement. It’s so easy to allow the opinions & ramblings of others to sway us from our path; to create confusion, self-judgement, and doubt. It takes something to continue to pioneer new paths in the midst of the world’s debilitating chatter.
ENERGY: Prince’s professional life – big, bold, extroverted, performing in the public eye on a grand stage – was balanced by his personal life. He was grounded in his faith, lived quietly, and understood that peak performance required healthy choices every day. If you want your star to shine for decades, you must care and feed your light.
Prince had an unbelievably unique gift but doesn’t everyone? Perhaps not all of us have that type of natural talent, but we all have the “right gifts” to make a meaningful impact on the world. The question is: Do we have the right thinking and right actions to ignite our contribution?