Famous Entrepreneur Quotes
Chester Bennington’s Quotes
“We just, we think we have a ceiling when it comes to our potential, and the truth is that there is no ceiling.”
“We take all these different things and we splice them up and we put them together to create something new, and that was who, that’s our identity”
“If you’re not having fun doing this, then you’re doing it wrong.”
Chester Bennington’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Rules For Business and Success
Today we’re going to learn from rock icon and former front man of the Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, and my take on his top ten rules to success.
Rule #1: Don’t Sell Yourself Short
The last thing that we want to do in life is like become subject to the roles we place ourselves in, you know? We’re all so much … Everyone in the world is bigger than the role that they think they need to play.
Interviewer: Say that again, and I want everyone to hear what you just said. Can you remember it?
Yeah, of course.
Interviewer: Can you find that brain cell?
Yeah, I think I’ve got that one on lock.
Interviewer: Okay, do it again.
Basically, I think that everyone in the world is capable of living outside the role, or beyond the roles, that they place themselves in, no matter what it is, you know, you’re not just a dad, you’re not just a banker, you’re not just a brother or a son or a convict. It doesn’t matter, like, everyone is bigger, much bigger, infinitely bigger, than the roles they place themselves in and is capable of reaching potential greater than anything they could imagine. Most of the time people sell themselves short on their goals. If you write down a list-
Interviewer: Do you still sell yourself short sometimes?
All the, like, every day! That’s the human condition. We just, we think we have a ceiling when it comes to our potential, and the truth is that there is no ceiling.
Rule #2: Seize The Opportunities
I was almost 23 at the time when I got a call from Scott Harrington, who represented the band that I had been in, pretty much the only band I had been in, through my teens and early twenties. We didn’t really have somebody in the band that was like super gifted at communication and also kind of with the vision, but we could never find the right thing and we just kind of ended up falling apart, so I actually quit music. I was going to like become like a desk person and sell something, I don’t know what it was going to be. Do you know what I mean? I was going to hang up my skateboard-
Mike Shinoda: It’s like a business hobby.
I hung up my skateboard, I cut my dreadlocks off, and put my pleather suits away, and put my tie on and loafers and showed up and scanned maps and that kind of stuff.
Interviewer: Well, clearly that wasn’t going to last.
So I got this phone call randomly out of nowhere from Scott after years of not really talking to him, and then he told me about these kids from California who were creating something really special that sounded different and that really had potential in his opinion, and they needed a singer, and the first person he thought of was me, and I kind of laughed and I said, “You know,” “screw it, I’ll take a listen to it.”
I listened to it, it was great, and I asked my boss if I could try this thing out for awhile and if it didn’t work if I could have my job back, and he said yes, and so I left. I literally within a few days, I was in California, and I pretty much, I think with the exception of like a week after that first week of us getting together, I stayed out there and I’ve been out there ever since.
Rule #3: Keep Evolving
Our music has always been fun for me to be a part of, because it’s like being in a new band every time we make a record, you know? We just kind of like, as long as we feel inspired, we just want to make music that we feel like making. We didn’t set out like on our musical journey and like have a destination. We weren’t like when we get to a certain place stylistically, like that’s where we’re going to live.
We’ve always kind of been, with the name Hybrid Theory, like that was the intention behind it and what felt so good about that name was it described us perfectly. We take all these different things and we splice them up and we put them together to create something new, and that was who, that’s our identity, you know. We had to change our name unfortunately for some political reasons
but it did sum up who we are, not necessarily that record.
And that’s still very much a part of who we are to this day. I think that Hybrid Theory, the title Hybrid Theory, kind of fits us really to the core of who we are. We try not to go, “Well it worked really good last time.” “Let’s just do that again.” The last thing we want to be is caricatures of ourselves.
We want to keep evolving, you know, and like I said earlier, our creative journey is a journey. It’s not a destination. It’s not a place to be and stay. It’s a place to visit and then move on, and then visit and move on, and I think that’s one of the reasons why here we are, you know, 18 years later, making a record that we’ve never made before.
Rule #4: Change Your Perspective
Our thing is like if you’re not having fun doing this, then you’re doing it wrong.
Interviewer: Yeah, that should go for everything that anyone does-
Look at your life. If you’re not having fun doing it, then you’re doing it wrong. Because really, I mean, somebody said something a couple weeks ago that really resonated with me. Perspective is everything, and it’s the difference between going through an ordeal or going through an adventure, you know what I mean?
And you can have two people experiencing the same exact thing, you know, going out on jet skis in the ocean and all of a sudden it goes from a sunny day to a crazy stormy day, and they come in and one person says, “It was the worst day of my life” “and I never want to experience that again,” and the other guy is like, “That was the best.” “I can’t wait to do that again.”
Rule #5: Don’t Think, Just Do!
I always tell people, and it’s kind of funny but it’s real, I always kind of tell people like the last thing you want me doing onstage is thinking. You don’t want me to think about anything. I always feel like the best shows are when I am just up there and kind of just existing and going through all the motions without, I know where everybody in the band is, I can sense everything, all the movements, every song kind of comes and goes. If I am distracted at all and I have to think about what I’m doing, I typically kind of suck in that moment.
Rule #6: Take Risks
Interviewer: How would you describe the place the band was in going into the recordings for the new album Hunting Party?
Well, I think that we had comfortably gone way out of where anyone who even were close to the band would think we would go. I think it’s been kind of fun to go somewhere creatively and then people think they have you pegged, and then you go somewhere else, and then they freak out about it and then they kind of get used to it and then they appreciate it, and then they think they have you pegged, and then you freaking go even crazier.
Interviewer: But you’ve always done that, you’ve always-
And it’s like this thing where it’s-
It’s scary, because when we do it, we know we’re doing it and we know what that means to the people who have expectations, but it’s scary sometimes to put a record out going, “We like it,” which is the most important part. That’s the most important thing for us. We all have to check off on everything, which also is a very interesting process, and it’s something we’ve gotten better at over time.
But I think it’s really, the reason why we laugh about it is because we haven’t gotten rid of the process, because it is the best way to include everyone in the band all the time throughout the whole process to make sure that when we put a record out, someone’s not going, “What?! That song made it?” or “Why didn’t anybody tell me?” So it’s one of those things where we’ve learned how to take risks, be confident about it, because we know that if we all like it, then we can stand behind it even if everybody else says they don’t.
Rule #7: Know Your Limits
When I’m not touring, like I just have a pretty normal life. Like I don’t … There’s not a whole lot of craziness surrounding who I am, I guess, in the terms of being in Linkin Park. I get to just be Chester.
So it’s kind of crazy, but I kind of have like a great big small life.
Interviewer: Right, and maybe the best of both worlds.
And that’s something that we do pride ourselves on. We’ve always tried to, you know, make it about the music and not make it about the personalities, and you know, when we’re out and about and doing things, like we keep things pretty mellow, and there’s not a whole lot of tabloid fodder.
Interviewer: Right and thank God, otherwise you might not still be together. You never know.
Yeah, and that’s something that we really wanted to keep precious was we know our limits as human beings to a certain degree and we try to respect that. We know how many shows we can play. We know how many weeks we can be on the road before we start losing our minds.
So we try to make our … We try to have a balance in our philosophy, in our business, and in our personal lives. And especially creatively, we don’t ever want to like put ourselves in a box, so creatively the sky’s the limit. In terms of business and family, like we know our limits for sure.
Rule #8: Love Your Craft
We rehearse, not only do we try to rehearse the shows to enhance the live performance, but we actually enjoy practicing like it’s a live show, because it’s really who we are. We really like to go off, that’s what we like, you know, It’s kind of pointless to sit in a practice studio and pull up a bunch of stools and sit down and practice like that. Music should be your life, period. You need to live it, you need to eat it, sleep it, wake up, and the only way you’re ever even going to have a chance to make it in this business is if you’re willing to sacrifice everything to achieve your goal.
Rule #9: Redefine What’s Possible
Interviewer: And Linkin Park has been around for a long time. Longevity comes from what, in your opinion? How come you guys are still around?
Well, I mean it comes from loving what you do and also I think for us, the fact that we’ve always been so open to just kind of write whatever we feel inspired to write and not really locking ourselves into a specific place in terms of genre or style. That’s the thing that I think is the most exciting for us, and we said it from the very beginning, but we really want to be a band that kind of melts the walls of genre and kind of becomes its own thing that can’t really be explained, maybe sung by a song, but in terms of the body of work, by redefining what a band can do or what a group of musicians or a single artist can do with their own style, as long as it comes from a pure place and an honest place, you know, you can write whatever you want.
Interviewer: As you’re driving to work or whatever you’re doing right now listening to Chester Bennington say this, you can apply this to whatever you do in life. It doesn’t have to be in a studio or on a stage. It can be at the insurance office, it can be at the restaurant where you’re working.
Interviewer: You just find that true you and apply it to whatever you’re doing, and at that time, you can figure out if that is really for you or if you need to be moving onto something else or whatever.
Rule #10: Perform Amazingly!
Jay-Z: I like this. I like to do different things. I like to collaborate and create with with other artists. You just bring what you do to the table, I bring what I do to the table, uncompromising, and just whatever happens, happens. I love that!
Now we hope you guys know the words to the next part. All you got to say are the words “shut up”, alright? And you guys follow Chester on this, you ready? This side, you ready? This side, you ready? Let’s go, one, two, three! ♫ Shut up when I’m talkin’ to you ♫ Shut up shut up shut up ♫ Shut up when I’m talking to you ♫ Shut up shut up shut up shut up ♫ I’m about to break ♫ Everything you say to me ♫ Got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one ♫ I need a little room to breathe ♫ Got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one ♫ Everything you say to me ♫ Got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one ♫ I need a little room to breathe ♫ Got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one ♫ And I’m about to break Thank you!
Thank you guys so much for watching! I hope you enjoyed. I’d love to know what did you think of this video? Which rule had the biggest impact on your life or business that you’re going to immediately apply? Leave it down in the comments below. I’m really curious to find out.
Thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.
Master your craft
Totally self taught, you know, I mean, I was in theater as a young kid and actually my dream, my original dream of life was going to be, I wanted to be a Broadway theater actor, but in my mind, like I’ve always sang since I was like a little kid, so in my mind, like I didn’t realize, I was so young and green, I didn’t know that there were like effects for voices other than like delay and like reverb, so when I heard Depeche Mode sing, I would try to sing like Dave Gahan, right? If I heard Heart, I’d try to sing like Nancy, you know? If I heard Ministry, I’d try to sing like Al Jourgensen like singing those crazy songs-
Interviewer: And three amazing examples of amazing voices.
And I would just do my best to try to sound exactly like them, so when I would sing a Ministry song, I would just kind of sing it like how it sounded, and I would, afterwards, I’d be like, “Oh, my voice kind of hurts.” So I would literally just try to do my best and do it in a way that, I started paying really very close attention to what was going on in my voice and how I was using my muscles and all that kind of stuff.
Interviewer: So you never destroyed your voice ever? I don’t want you to do it. I want you to teach me how to do it. For instance, give me a song. Skeery, Skeery, what would I sing? This is how I would usually sing. I don’t know if you can hear this.
Chester: I’m going to put the headphones on.
Interviewer: ♫ Clang clang clang went the trolley ♫ Ding ding ding went the bell Okay, now I want to do it like you would do it. Like I said, I don’t want to put you on the spot, so don’t feel like you have to do this, but how … ♫ Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
No, no, no.
Interviewer: I’m doing it wrong?
No, no, no. Automatically you went from being relaxed and singing from your diaphragm and your voice being relaxed to singing right from up here and kind of like your face got really red and yeah.
Interviewer: Okay, hold on. ♫ Clang clang clang went the trolley ♫ Ding ding ding went the bell
Did that feel better?
Interviewer: A lot better.
Now we just have to work on the actual quality of the sound.
Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best.
Chester Bennington’s Rules
- Don’t Sell Yourself Short (Evan’s Favorite Rule for an Entrepreneur Mindset)
- Seize The Opportunities
- Keep Evolving
- Change Your Perspective
- Don’t Think, Just Do!
- Take Risks
- Know Your Limits
- Love Your Craft
- Redefine What’s Possible
- Perform Amazingly!
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my Chester Bennington video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.