For a long time, people were talking about bullying and that was a big hot topic and I think sometimes you can forget that you could be your own bully in some ways.
You don’t have to be born into a situation, you don’t have to come from something, or possess something, or look flawless, even though I like looking like this sometimes.
“If you can believe in something great, I feel like you can achieve something great”. – Katy Perry
Evan: She’s an American singer and songwriter. She’s one of the best selling musicians of all time having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Her estimated net worth is $125 million.
She’s Katy Perry and here’s my take on her top ten rules of success.
Rule number five is my personal favorite and make sure to stick around all the way to the end for a special bonus clip. Also, as Katy is talking, if she says something that really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it, so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy.
Rule#1: Stop Bullying Yourself
For a long time, people were talking about bullying and that was a big hot topic and I think sometimes you can forget that you could be your own bully in some ways. Like you are the person that is standing in the way of your success, whether it’s professionally or personally, and, honestly, that was the case for me.
I was having a great professional streak, but personally I was really immature, and so I had to balance them out. Finally, I had enough and I said, “Hey, you need to speak up for yourself. “If you’re not happy with something, “you change it.” “Change it, make yourself better every single day, “so I went to a lot of therapy (laughs) “and I guess I put it in the way of like “‘you’re going to hear me wear,’ finally, “I’m going to be able to speak up for myself.”
Rule #2: Ignore The Opinion of Other
This next record that I’ll start in a couple of months, I think it’ll be, actually, more honest because I think when you get older, you care less what people think about you and I have had to really work on that. I think that’s one of the biggest things you have to work on when you are put into the spotlight is not caring about what people say about you because you just become this open forum to anybody, anything, anyone, and if you start reading your own press, it will ruin you.
I feel like I’ve got the opportunity to make more of a career rather than just like a flash in the pan, she’s hot, she’s not type of thing, but that’s only because I have worked so hard and focused and everything I do, I know it’s for the fans and they’re the reason why I exist.
“I think that’s one of the biggest things you have to work on when you are put into the spotlight is not caring about what people say about you” – Katy Perry
Rule #3: Be Yourself
Tell me about why you decided to do this documentary.
Oh, my goodness. Well, I always liked to be honest with everything I do, especially my songs. I like to plant those seeds of honesty and truth because we live in a world that doesn’t have much of that left. And with this documentary, I wanted to show people what was underneath the hood and you can attest to that.
“You don’t have to be born into a situation, you don’t have to come from something, or possess something, or look flawless, even though I like looking like this sometimes. You can just be you and have a dream and plant the seed and water the root.” – Katy Perry
I’ve been under the hood many times. (audience laughing) I really wanted to show people how much hard work it takes, the ins and outs, and how, really, you don’t have to be born into a situation, you don’t have to come from something, or possess something, or look flawless, even though I like looking like this sometimes. You can just be you and have a dream and plant the seed and water the root.
Rule #4: Serve Yourself Well
I found a lot of self-love this year and I rebuilt my confidence that had had a little bit of a shatter to it. And I went inwards rather than pointing the finger on everyone else and blaming everyone for my problems or the issues that I had. I went inwards and tried to do some patchwork. To heal up little spots that I needed to heal up or say to myself, “What can I do to make myself “a better human representation–”
What did you do?
I did a lot of different things. I did a cleanse for three months that I didn’t have any alcohol and I did a whole vitamin regime and I wen to therapy, I did more mediation. I’ve been meditating for a couple years now, but I upped it. And I just went the positive route rather than going to the club and getting drunk every night (laughs). I mean I’ve probably done that a couple of times, but I really serve myself well and it influenced all of my songwriting and I wrote most of the songs during this time.
Rule #5: #Believe In Greatness
From the very beginning of me getting into the industry, I would be out and about and I would hear girls or actresses, or musicians, or whatever. They would say, “Oh, no, I don’t want “to be in a relationship “because I don’t want to have to choose “between being in a relationship “and having a career,” and I thought to myself (blows),
“When I find that person “that’s going to be my life partner, “I won’t ever have to choose “because they’ll be accepting of me “completely for who I am.”
Not me being able to just do whatever I want, necessarily, but they wont’ be threatened or have weird motives or whatever. They will be accepting of me, the things I love, the ambition, what I aspire to be, what I want to create. They’ll be accepting and supportive. And then I started to realize, “Oh, my God. “That’s not true. “That fairytale that I had is not true for me right now.” Yeah. I don’t want– (exhaling)
“The bad that comes along with the good is a journey and I learned so much from that journey.” – Katy Perry
[Announcer] Okay, again, everyone. (mumbles)
I’ll tell ya’ the truth is that I’m a romantic and I believe in this fairytale and in some ways I think that’s always been to my advantage because if you can believe in something great, I feel like you can achieve something great. I have that same belief system with everything from career to my life, my personal life, everything, and I will do everything it takes to not fail and I did everything it took, but it still failed. The bad that comes along with the good is a journey and I learned so much from that journey.
Rule #6: Trust Your Intuition
Interviewer: Why did you decide to come out with “Roar”? There was that big countdown and then “Roar” came out and it was huge for you. You broke your own records there. Why was it “Roar” the first single?
It was up for debate, a couple of singles. It was going to be “Roar” or another one and we decided to go with “Roar” because of the reaction I was getting from my friends. I use my friends as guinea pigs.
“There’s an intuitive thing that happens inside of me and I’ve always trust my intuition when it comes to writing songs and picking which songs should come out as singles.” – Katy Perry
As test guinea pigs and I have a very eclectic group of friends ranging from DJs to artists to just moms (laughs) and they all really agreed that “Roar” was the best one and it has that bouncy feel. That 8th note feel, but it also has this message of finding your inner strength again and letting that come out as a roar and people related to it.
Yeah, well, they really did–
And there’s something. There’s an intuitive thing that happens inside of me and I’ve always trust my intuition when it comes to writing songs and picking which songs should come out as singles.
Rule #7: Live Life
I’ve been on tour for a year and before that, I did promo for my record and my record almost came out two years ago, so I’ve been doing a lot of work for that for the past couple years and I think what would be most important for me is to, at this moment, gather my thoughts and live a little bit of life on my own and not around a traveling circus of a hundred people and have quiet moments and ride my bike and find my roots again.
“It’s really important for me to live life, absorb life” – Katy Perry
That’s what I always do in between records is I go to a quiet place and restore my soul. (uptempo music) I usually go back to my hometown of Santa Barbara and figure out what all of this means and get away from the distraction and feed my spirituality and feed my music.
Listening to a lot of music and just getting my feet planted back on the ground again. (uptempo music) It’s really important for me to live life, absorb life, and have my own experiences, so that I can go back to the drawing board and have something authentic to say.
Rule #8: Hustle
Question to Katy Perry via YouTube moderator. How was life before you became a celebrity? Before your big break?
Interviewer: He’s got the creepy voice a little bit.
That’s okay. We don’t judge. I could be creepy too. I mean if you saw me in a purple wig walking down the street you’d be like, “Freak!” Well, it was all about the hustle and the bustle and sometimes it was me tryin’ to keep up with the Jones’, as they say. I wanted to be seen like I was worth it and so I was trying to always be ready for a opportunity to present itself. It was exciting.
It was a little bit not as fast paced as it is now. Things are just so fast paced like lightning speed and I know what I’m doing today and I know what I’m doing, probably, in six months to the date, so it wasn’t as scheduled, but I think I had a little bit more time on my hands, but I think that maybe I might’ve gotten into a little bit more trouble back then because, what is it?
“I was trying to always be ready for a opportunity to present itself” – Katy Perry
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop is what my parents said, so now I really have a lot to take care of, but it was just about working on my craft and making sure that it was perfect, so that when finally I would get that opportunity, I’d be ready for it.
Rule #9: Let Love Lead The Way
♫ This is the part of me
[Interviewer] Do you steal believe in love?
Of course! I’m going to let love lead the way, always, and I was born with this blind ambition and it’s gotten me here to this point and I think that I’ll stick to it. So, yes.
#10: Be Thoughtful
You’re on speakerphone and I’m on the stage right now. And we all just want to wish you a happy Mother’s Day! (audience cheering)
[Mom] You’re my little feather.
[Audience Member] What did she say
I’m your little feather. I love you, mom. I have to continue with the show, but I just wanted to wish you happy Mother’s Day.
[Mom] Alright, I love you too. See you soon. Bye bye, everybody.
Bye bye, everyone.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching! I made this video because unlimited traffic asked me to, so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, please leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I also love to know what did you take from Katy that had the biggest impact on you.
What lesson are you going to apply to your business or your life? Please leave it in the comments join in the discussion. Also, want to give a quick shoutout to my sister, Stefanie Carmichael.
Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and also going to the bookstore and rearranging it, so that my book comes up first. I really appreciate that. Thanks for the love.
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. I’ll see ya’ soon.
Transcendental mediation, to me, it’s like a great workout for your mind without working out, but you get all the effects of working out. I come from a very spiritual world, from a very religious upbringing, and it’s not religious, it’s not spiritual, although I think if you’re taking care of you body, your mind, that is a spiritual thing, but it doesn’t have that religious background. To me it’s mostly medical and it’s like a little pill, but not a pill. It’s a practice, so it’s a little practice that you do and, to me, it’s the most rest. It’s the most power nap you could ever get.
Interviewer: And that experience of that quiet. That is, they call it, state of restful alertness, according to science. Where your mind is completely settled, but you’re wide awake and it’s before thoughts. Someone said to me, “Well, how do you know “when your 20 minutes are up?” I said, “Well, you can look at your watch.” It’s not like you’re going someplace, but that peaceful state that you access just happened quite effortlessly and that’s a wonderful description. Oh, one more question. How do you think it’s impacted your remarkable career?
My life is so crazy. It really is. It’s extreme. I live in this one percentile extreme. I’m zigzagging all over the world. I’m on a plane more than I am on ground and this tool helps me find moments of peace because I don’t have a whole lot of time that extend my day, so I can live my fullest capacity. It gives me two days in one day. It just gives me this power. And I do it before I write a song sometimes, definitely before I get on stage, and it’s just such an incredible, useful, simple tool that has made such an impact on me and that’s why I’m sitting here with you today.
Interviewer: You’re very calm on tour. At least with me ’cause you invited our whole team to come and teach your team to meditate and I ran into you, you’re coming out of a room and we’re just chatting and you looked and you said, “Bob, there’s 16,000 people waiting for me. “Right around the corner.” And you just did that, you were polite with me, and you just waked out on the stage, but there was such an evenness.
I’m a multitasker (laughs).
Interviewer: You have a great deal of kindness inside of you.
Interviewer: You’re a very kind person.
Thank you. I think that it would be a shame to have such a great cure all to yourself like the cure for the common cold and not to share it with people that are suffering. So, it’s the cure for the common stress, which stress is a killer these days and I have a lot of it in my life and I have a great tool that helps subside it and I want to share that ’cause I don’t want people to suffer. I like to lift people up.
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