Good morning Believe Nation!
Today’s message is create something authentic. Over to you, Bruce Springsteen.
Why songs are good is because, it’s like an art, and in love one and one makes three. Music, if it makes two, you failed my friends. If you’re painting, and all you got is paint in the can, you failed.
If all you got are your notes, you failed. You’ve got to find that third thing that you don’t completely understand but is truly coming up from inside of you. You can put it in any …
You can set it any place You can choose any type of character, but if you don’t reach down and touch that thing, then you’re just not going to have anything to say, and it’s not going to feel like it has life and breath in it. You’re not going to create something real, and it’s not going to feel authentic.
It’s really hard to create something amazing by just listening to other people. I think it’s a default thing that we want to do. We have an idea, we want to get feedback, we want to ask people what they think, but at the end of the day, to have real succeeds, it has to come from something that is deep inside you as well.
It’s not one or the other. It’s not only listening to the market, and it’s not only doing what you want to do. If you only do the thing that you want to do, and you don’t care about other people and you never listen to them, then you might have a great hobby.
Maybe it turns out into becoming a business, but if you’re not taking any kind of feedback to what’s working or not, you probably have a good hobby, something that you just enjoy doing. That’s great, and that can be a great expression of self but not necessarily a business.
Where if all you’re doing is listening to the market and asking for feedback and never creating anything new yourself, then you’re not going to really be attached to the outcome, because there’s nothing genuine there, and the market often doesn’t know what they want, right?
It’s, I want a faster horse instead of build us a car. And so the ultimate success comes from combining those two things. When you can create something that’s genuinely authentic to you, and that people want, and if you look at this YouTube channel, it’s an example. Why am I making this video? Why a video on Bruce Springsteen? Do I love Bruce Springsteen? Do I know everything about him?
I have mad respect for everything that he’s done, but I didn’t pick Bruce Springsteen; you guys did. Almost all the videos that we profile on the channel come from requests from you guys, matched with me being able to add my thing to it. If you guys want me to list somebody and do a profile on them, and I can’t find points that I resonate with, I’m not going to do that person.
There’s been lots of people who we haven’t made a Top 10 on because we couldn’t find enough clips to make it worthwhile, that I felt were worthwhile, as seen through my lens, my filter. Maybe it’s enough for you guys, but it’s not what I want to create. At the same time, I’ve discovered people that I never heard of, from lots of different cultures, who’ve had massive success that I have learned a lot from who you put on my radar. And so it’s that combination. Those are the videos that do really well.
Those are the businesses that do really well. Where you have a vision. Where you want to create something powerful, authentic, genuine, and important, and you listen to the market, to your customers, get feedback to make tweaks, improvements, suggestions, and make it better. When you combine those two things together, that’s when you’re going to have ultimate success.
Question of The Day
So the question of the day today is, I’d love to hear an example from you. Just like my YouTube story, I’d love an example from you where you combined something that you love doing, that was genuinely authentic to you, and you took feedback from customers to make it even better.
Please share your story. I think it would be great to get it out in writing, and I think it could also inspire other entrepreneurs who are watching and read down in the comments. Share it down below. I also want to give a quick shout out to Deja James. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word. It really really means a lot to me. I appreciate your support, and I hope that you are enjoying the book and applying it to your life and to your business.
Thank you guys again for watching. I hope you have an amazing day. I believe in you and hope you continue to believe in yourself. I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Create Something Authentic
I’m the kind of artist that doesn’t fit so neatly into a radio format, and you know, that presents a challenge, but I think it’s one that’s worth, you know, it’s worth it for me to be that kind of artist because I think it’s authentic to who I am, and if you’re not being authentic to who you are, then you won’t be successful anyway usually. I think that’s why I’ve been successful. Because my fans believe what I’m doing, and they believe that I’m coming from a real place.
You have to be authentic. I mean, you’ve got no hope if you try to pretend to be Reed Hastings or Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates or whoever you want to think your CEOs are that you’ve met. That is crazy, and you got to really get comfortable with yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.
People are inspired by authenticity, and I’m just surprised how many people feel like they’re acting and/or try to act, and you may be a really quiet person, and that’s fine. But if you have that fierce will, that desire, for the institution, the company to be great, and your own role in that is secondary, and you authentically express that in whatever ways you do, then you’ll be greatly accepted.
That’s all it takes is to be authentic and not try to be something else and to fundamentally care, at your core, about what’s good for the company. If everybody knows and you act in the notion of what’s good, as best as your judgment can tell what’s good for the company, they will see that. And people fill follow you, and they won’t be cynical. It’s when you hide things. It’s when you pretend.
Charlamagne Tha God
It’s this thing called the Rule of 10. The Rule of 10 is three people are going to like it, three people are not going to like it, and four people are just going to be on the fence about it. Like they just going to kind of remain neutral and wait to see what happens. I use that whenever I say anything in life.
Or however I approach anything like a TV show, the radio show for that day, or a statement I might make. Like, three people are going to gree with it, three people are not, and four people are just going to be on the fence about it, so you just have to take all of that into consideration, and that kind of goes into something my father told me a long time ago. My father said, you’re never as good as they say you are, and you’re never as bad as they say you are.
That’s a fact.
Personally, I just don’t care either way. Like you know what I mean?
You got to do a good job either way.
The only thing I can do is be authentically me.