Any kind of art discipline, I think the possibilities are endless.
I think this life is so brief and we spend it, sometimes, imposing over ourselves, so many limitations.
Never underestimate a five foot three Columbian girl.
Shakira is a firecracker.
Shakira’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Evan: She’s a Columbian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. Her song “Hips Don’t Lie” is one of the best selling singles of the 21st century. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is one of the best selling Latin artists of all time. She’s Shakira, and here’s my take on her top ten rules for success. Rule number one is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best. Also guys, as you’re watching if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired. Also, when you write it down, it’s much more likely to lock in for yourself as well, enjoy.
1. Be DRIVEN
2. Keep going
3. Focus on your strengths
4. Express yourself freely
5. Love what you do
6. Have confidence
7. Embrace the challenges
8. Dream BIG
9. Have a great team
10. Don’t mess with Shakira
* Be a conqueror
Rule #1: Be Driven
I grew up in Columbia. And Columbia, it’s a developing country where a lot of people don’t have access to the most basic needs and where education is considered a luxury, unfortunately, because we all know that education is a birthright.
I just grew up frustrated seeing how many people weren’t able to realize their own dreams, you know. When I was eight years old, my dad underwent an economic crisis, a financial crisis, he lost his business, and we struggled, economically, for many years.
We lost our car, we lost our furniture, and I remember vividly the day I walked in my house and all the furniture was gone because my dad had to pay his debts. And it was quite, well, shocking for me.
I was seven, eight years old, and when I saw this I was so frustrated. I was so upset with my parents cause I couldn’t understand how they did so poorly in business, you know? I’m like “Why, why?” I couldn’t get it.
I decided to establish my own foundation and do my own contribution to the change.
My dad and my mom took me to the park where they showed me other kids, my age, sniffing glue. They were orphans. They had no one to watch after them. They were barefoot and they were abandoned to their own luck.
And it, probably, left such an impression in my impressionable mind, at that age, that I remember that day. I remember that I made myself a promise. I said to myself Shakira, you have to succeed, because you have to ride in a car again one day, you have to get your own car someday.
I wanted to vindicate my parents, socially and economically, and I also wanted to someday do something for those kids who I saw that day in the park. So, as soon as I had my first big success with Pies Descalzos, which was my third album, I decided to establish my own foundation and do my own contribution to the change.
Even if it was going to be a small one. But I wanted to be active. And that’s how it all started. Going through my own financial struggle and the struggle of my family and understanding that the one thing that I never lacked was care, protection and an education. And that’s, probably, what made me thrive in life.
Rule #2: Keep Going
I didn’t know exactly how this album was going to turn out. You can never predict those kind of things. There’s nothing scarier than standing in front of a white canvas. You never know if you’re going to be able to provide something new to those who expect it.
But in any kind of art discipline, I think the possibilities are endless. That’s something that I always learn the hard way, with every album, because I suffer through the process sometimes. I’m like, oh my God, I’m never going to do anything that I like.
Until boom, it appears, magically. I guess, if you keep rubbing the lamp the genies of the lamp has got to show up at sometime. This has been my experience throughout the years. With every album, I get really, really nervous the first months in the studio. Searching, exploring, trying things that sometimes don’t work, until you find the magic, or the magic finds you while you’re working.
“You never know if you’re going to be able to provide something new to those who expect it. But in any kind of art discipline, I think the possibilities are endless.” – Shakira
Rule #3: Focus On Your Strengths
Interviewer: So when you meet new talent, emerging talent and you’re mentoring them, what if you don’t have a confidence that they have the level of talent required to achieve greatness? How do you counsel them? What do you say to make them feel confident to not rob them of that moment but also steer them in the right direction? I mean, you can’t say, really, “You’re a zero.”
By talking to them, understanding what their concerns are, what sort of self-image they have, and trying to show them their strengths, too. If they have some kind of weakness, we’ll try to not focus on those weaknesses.
I think in entertainment industry that’s what works. You know your strengths, you milk em. You know your weaknesses, you try not to focus on them so much, so the audience doesn’t focus on them as much.
Rule #4: Express Yourself Freely
I’m more worried now about being true to myself and being honest. Maybe ten years ago, I would have not done a video like, “She Wolf” but now, it’s something I feel like doing. So why am I going to deprive myself or deny myself the possibility of expressing the way I feel? I want to express myself freely.
I don’t want to be in a golden cage anymore. I don’t want to be put behind bars. I think this life is so brief and we spend it, sometimes, imposing over ourselves, so many limitations and obstacles that don’t allow us to grow as we would like to.
And yes, I feel like a woman and this time around I wanted to show my legs. I never showed my legs for 20 years. I always did all my performances with long pants believe it or not.
“I want to express myself freely. I don’t want to be in a golden cage anymore. I don’t want to be put behind bars. I think this life is so brief and we spend it, sometimes, imposing over ourselves, so many limitations and obstacles that don’t allow us to grow as we would like to.” – Shakira
I never showed my legs, and one day I looked and them and I said “Hey, they’re not bad.” “They’re kind of short but they take me to places.” “I think it’s now or never.” It’s about time to really embrace my individuality and my freedom as a woman, as a person.
That’s a message that I encourage to other women. That doesn’t mean, necessarily, letting yourself be objectified. Because that means satisfying the desires of other people. I say, satisfy your own desires, and live your life to the fullest, because it’s short.
Rule #5: Love What You Do
Woman: All these awards, after winning so many Grammys and the rest of it, what sort of motivates you to create new things, new music?
You know, I shouldn’t be this motivated because after so many years I should be a little bit more calm about everything. But I love what I do and I’m always putting myself in front of new challenges and I guess I’m still hungry.
Rule #6: Have Confidence
How am I going to discover the talent that my son has? How am I going to encourage him to follow his own dreams? It’s a conundrum, and it’s a challenge for every parent out there, I think. But if it weren’t because of my mom, I think that I would have never made it, Cause she realized that I was talented, but not only that. She supported me, she believed in me and she went ahead and help me, help me build my confidence, my own confidence. Confidence in myself which is a vital tool that you need in order to survive any kind of job.
Rule #7: Embrace The Challenges
Interviewer: Why do you think it all came together for you?
Why? A lot of hard work, a lot of determination. I consider myself a laborer of what I do. An artisan, and I think I’ve been building my career, putting a brick over a brick under the sun, with sweat and hard work. That’s the way I’ve done it. I haven’t given up, not one moment. There must be something very abnormal about this, because it’s been so many years doing this and I still care so much. I don’t think that’s normal. But with every project I feel that I haven’t accomplished anything. That I feel that I’m starting from zero, and I care tremendously. In a way that, sometimes, it surprises me.
“I consider myself a laborer of what I do. An artisan, and I think I’ve been building my career, putting a brick over a brick under the sun, with sweat and hard work. That’s the way I’ve done it. I haven’t given up, not one moment.” – Shakira
Interviewer: So you feel like you have to prove yourself over and over again.
Yes. I think that I have to be, that I have to embrace new challenges and those challenges make me grow, and growing is the only way to go. The only way I conceive life. So, yeah, that’s the way I see it.
Rule #8: Dream Big
I think that we all come to this world with a star, with a talent, and with a gift. And then, later, dreams are born. And no one, absolutely no one has the authority to stop those dreams.
When I was seven years old, I came to Los Angeles for the first time and I passed by the Walk of Fame with my mother and a friend of hers who’s, actually, here with us today, and I remember that my mom told me, “Shaki, one day you’re “going to have your name on this place.”
If someone would have overheard this conversation they would have thought that my mom was delirious. But she was not, and here we are. so I want to say to all of you to dream as big as you can, because in this country everything is possible.
Rule #9: Have A Great Team
Interviewer: You sound so passionate about so many diverse pieces of your life, that the big question is how do you juggle all that? How do you make all of that happen and successfully? From your music career, to being a mom, to being a life partner, like all of that is so hard to juggle. How do you do it? What’s the secret behind that?
I don’t know how I’m going to keep doing it. That’s a good question, because with a baby things tend to change a lot.
But I have a great team, people who understand me very well, who understand my cause, my commitments and who support em and make my life easier. So it is very important to be well surrounded.
Rule #10: Don’t Mess With Shakira
Man: You’re perfect, Shakira. You’re perfect.
Blake: She is the perfect woman. But you’re talking about winning this show right now.
Shakira: Don’t be mean!
Adam: Uh oh!
Blake: Dammit. There is nothing worse than being scolded by Shakira when she goes from zero to 100 and you’re not going to get a word in.
Shakira: I’m speaking to you
Usher: Hey, you know what-
Shakira: from the bottom of my heart.
Usher: And you know what-
Shakira: how things are going to get on this competition.
Usher: And with the-
Usher: You never get into an argument with a Latin woman. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no. You don’t mess with Shakira. Don’t debate with her.
Shakira: I’ll take that-
Adam: Hold on, time out, time out.
Shakira: Are you sure?
Adam: Time out.
Shakira: It’s a complicated decision.
Adam: Time out.
Usher: While she’s talking, shut up.
Shakira: I just want to say something.
Shakira: You guys, you are a completely different animal, you know? These are alpha dogs. Perros alfa. Never underestimate a five foot three Colombian girl.
Adam: Shakira is a firecracker.
Adam: She’s very spicy.
Adam: You’re coming to my team, so let’s make this quick.
Shakira: Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah. Not without my permission first.
Adam: Here’s what I do when Shakira starts getting feisty, I do this.
Shakira: I, Shakira Mebarak, born in Barranquilla, Columbia,
Adam: I promise you, I, Adam Levine from Los Angeles, California.
Shakira: Hey, Adam. You know, he has this tattoo that says “Wrong coach for you.”
Adam: Damn. The claws are out.
Shakira: It’s hard. It’s hard to be right all the time. Ah, ah, no, no, no.
Usher: That’s, that’s not, but that-
Blake: Are you going to take that?
Shakira: Hey. Hey, my hips don’t lie. I don’t lie either.
Blake: Tell him Shakira, tell him.
Usher: Personally, I think it’s adorable. I actually love that side of her.
Blake: It doesn’t matter what Shakira says, it’s always right.
Shakira: Thank you.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching I made this video because Khalid Azzam asked me to.
So, if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know what did Shakira say that had the biggest impact on you? What clip was your favorite from these ten?
And also, what are you going to immediately take from this video and apply somehow to your life or to your business? Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I want to give a quick shout out to Damn Purvis. Damn, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book “Your One Word”, it really, really, really, really means a lot to me and I hope you’re enjoying the read.
So thank you guys so much 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.
Be A Conqueror
To be able to succeed in America was very important. It represented to me a reaffirmation, as an artist. He should keep it, just have notes, you know? Let’s try it. Performing at the VMAs means freedom. It means that you really have your chance to do whatever you want up on stage.
And it means being among the most successful artists. It’s too long still. If I could just conquer my own insecurities and conquer other hearts, too, it would demonstrate that my music was powerful enough to transcend so many barriers. Da, da, da, da, da, da, boom.
Ga, ga, ga, ga, ga, ga, boom.
Yeah. There. You do one, then you wait.
Male Voice: No, no, that’s it.
And then you. You know, I’m so excited with what we have now, that I would like the VMAs to happen tonight. I would be ready. ♫ I’m falling apart in your hands again I am the conqueror.