Good morning Believe Nation. My name is Evan Carmichael. My one word is “believe,” and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the world’s major problems. So to help you on your journey, today’s message is embrace everything. Over to you, Calvin Harris.
Embrace EVERYTHING – Calvin Harris
Some people in the dance world can get insulated and just listen to dance music. The way that I was brought up is just to listen to everything, embrace everything. I listen to every form of music since the 1960’s, so I get my influences from a lot of different places, and also, if you know that an old record was successful, and a certain sound and the way certain sounds make you feel like a Beach Boys record, you get some certain feelings from that. You can borrow those techniques and put it in a modern environment. So you can put old sounds in new. That’s why you need to listen to new pop music so you know the new techniques.
So the more you’re open to learning, the more you’re going to learn. If you are close-minded, so many people are close-minded and only learning from people who look like them, only learning from people who come from their same background, if you are so close-minded that you can only learn from a certain group of people, then you’re going to be limited in how far you can go.
One of the favorite things that I had when I was starting my first business was I would learn from people in my industry, but I was also interested in learning from people who had done lots of other things. When I started the Top 10 series, I started only doing entrepreneurs cuz that’s what I thought my channel was all about, and it’s what I love. I love helping entrepreneurs.
I never really tried to reach people who aren’t entrepreneurs. I never expected the channel to reach out to those people. But then people started asking me for non-entrepreneurs to profile, and the first one we did, I think, was Michael Jordan. And when we went through it, I was like, “You know what, Michael Jordan has a lot of advice “that is relevant to entrepreneurs.”
Maybe not about how to take the perfect free throw or perfect jumpshot or how to dunk, right, entrepreneurs may not care about that. But a lot about his work ethic and what he feels helps him get to success and teamwork, all of these things are really important to entrepreneurs.
And so, opening up my mind to say, “Listen, I could learn from him. “I’m open. “You’ve got a message I can learn from, “I don’t care how old you are. “I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman. “I don’t care what your religion is. “I don’t care where you come from. “If you have a lesson that I can learn from, “I want to learn it.” And it’s why I’ll often profile controversial figures on this channel.
A lot of people send hate if I profile a politician, whether they’re Democratic, whether they’re Republican, or a religious figure. There’s lots of people that I profile that I don’t share the same views as a lot of the people that I profile. Nobody is a perfect future Evan Carmichael, and so I’m going to disagree with a lot of the people that I’ve profiled on my channel. But they have one thing, or two things, or 10 things that I can pull from to help me be a better version of me.
The goal is never to be the next Steve Jobs. The goal is to be the best me. The goal is for you to be the best you. And even if there’s somebody you absolutely hate, somebody who you can’t stand, there’s just something about them you cannot stand, there are other things that you can learn from their success.
“The more you’re open to learning, the more you’re going to learn.” – Evan Carmichael
One of the videos that I was most proud of creating at the start was the Kanye West Top 10 video cuz a lot of people throw Kanye aside as being this huge egomaniac, and he doesn’t care. He does a lot of stupid things. And that may be true, he may put his foot in his mouth on repeated occasions. That does upset people, and there may not be enough care and concern about what they’re feeling or going through. Great. Don’t do that. Perfect.
There’s a lot that you can learn from this guy that you can still apply to your business. He’s won more awards at his age than any other musician in history. His transition from being just a beats guy to being a rapper to being in fashion to being an entrepreneur, there’s a lot that you can learn from him even if you don’t like all these other things.
And so there’s someone who’s achieved success, and for you just to write them off and put them in this box and say “Well, he’s just like that,” or “She’s just like that,” is really just showing your level of ignorance.He’s not the guy in the box. You’re the guy in the box. So open your mind. Embrace everything. If somebody has accomplished something that you haven’t accomplished yet, there’s a lesson or two or 10 that you can learn from them, throwing aside the things you don’t like to help you be the best version of you.
Question Of The Day
So the question of the day today is, I’m curious, what lesson have you learned? What positive lesson have you learned from somebody who you don’t like, who you never thought you’d learn anything from? I’m really curious to find out. Leave it in the comments below.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Virginia. Virginia, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, “Your One Word.” It really really really means a lot to me, and I hope you’re enjoying the read. So 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, and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
The collaboration with Ed Sheeran came about … Yeah, I met him a couple of times, and we were talking about music. I sent him some ideas, some melodies, and then suddenly he recorded the first note in one set like, from him singing “Rewind Repeat It,” the first super old version of it. I liked it. He recorded it.
He sent it to me. I made a track around it, and he re-did the vocals and changed it a little. It was really cool. And we’ve been this year, three times together, two times to probably finish a track and record some of his guitar as well, which is also in the track.
So, it’s really a collaboration and the cool thing is, He comes from such a different … he has such a different vision and I got a different vision. So summers, we had to … He’s here and he’s here, and we had to agree in the middle and it was super cool. I learned a lot from the process, and it’s also interesting as a producer to see how someone else thinks, how someone else works. It’s very learnful. It’s really nice.
I’ve been influenced by many people. I’ve watched a Coldplay DVD numerous times and taken little tricks that Chris Martin does with the crowd, even if it’s just “Sing this part here.” Or one thing I learned quite early on is my friend went go and see U2, and I think they were singing “Streets Have No Name” or something, and he paid money to be front-row.
And he was there and then Bono goes about to get to the chorus, and Bono goes “Now you sing!” And my friend was like, “No! No! No! You sing! “I paid to come and see you!” So now, every time when I’ve played, I’ll make sure I do the whole song and then the singalong happens.
So it’s like, I’ll make sure people get what they paid for cuz having the crowd sing it back is the most amazing thing in the world, and I kind of want to have that for the whole concert, but then also you need to , So I give as much as I can, and then you do the singalong.
I learn something different from everybody. It just like, it all depends on … Yeah, I just learn, you know, always follow your heart. Always be real. Straight up don’t take no sh*t, you know what I’m saying. Carmen is somebody who, no matter what Carmen has going on with one thing, he’ll always have something else going on. He’ll always be like, if he’s not acting right, then he’s making music.
If he’s not making music, then he’s always finding some ways to brand himself away from music too, and I respect that, you know what I’m saying? He’s more than just a rapper. He’s a all-around businessman, and I respect that about Carmen. You know, it’s those little things that you learn from guys like that that you hang around, and you take little tips and apply it to yourself.