Famous Entrepreneur Quotes
” I make sure that I don’t like start complaining about things like rich people’s problems like you know the cleaner missed a spot.”
“I don’t care if I win or not. I don’t care but it’s also like, I mean it’s nice but it’s fully, it’s fully whatever”
“I don’t care about how people, what people think about me out there unless they think I’m mean or something.”
Sia’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Rules for Success and Business
She started her career as a singer in the local Adelaide acid jazz band Crisp in the mid-1990s. In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album titled OnlySee in Australia. She moved to London, England, and provided lead vocals for the British duo Zero 7.
In 2000, Sia signed to Sony Music’s sub-label Dance Pool. She took a hiatus from performing, during which she focused on songwriting for other artists. Her catalogue includes the collaborations “Titanium” (with David Guetta), “Diamonds” (with Rihanna) and “Wild Ones” (with Flo Rida).
In 2014, Sia released her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted at No 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200. In 2016, she released her seventh studio album This Is Acting, which spawned her first Hot 100 number one single, “Cheap Thrills”. She gave her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, which incorporated performance art elements. Sia has received an array of accolades, including ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
Rule #1: Define Success For Yourself
I don’t care if I win or not. I don’t care but it’s also like, I mean it’s nice but it’s fully, it’s fully whatever, man. You know I was saying to some people in there on the red carpet. I was just like winning an award doesn’t mean. You know like not up a relationship means something.
Not cheating or like getting faced and like, punching your friend. Like those sorts of things. Not doing that is meaningful but getting an award is like weird. It’s weird. It’s not really a measure of success in my life.
Rule #2: Ignore The Critics
Interviewer: Reading all the reviews, everyone
Really? La la la la la. I don’t read reviews, I don’t read them. I don’t even read the good ones.
No cause I get, well, because I met Chrissie Hynde once at Top of the Pops, like about eight years ago when I had once I had a hit that was called Taken for Granted when I was an urban artist. And she said to me “Whatever you do, “don’t read reviews or articles about you.”
Interviewer: Smart lady.
Yeah, she said if you believe the good, you’ll believe the bad and there will be bad. So I just thought that’s a good point and she’s right. Every time I’ve accidentally read one, I felt like.
Rule #3: Create Greatness
Interviewer: So that we might see her creative process at work, Sia took us downstairs for a session with pianist and collaborator, Chris Braide. As we watched and listened, Sia began to fashion a pop melody right there on the spot.
So then that’s all we would do.
Interviewer: That was good.
That was mental. Can we have a copy of that? Nice work. And then have like Rihanna cut it next week.
Interviewer: How quite fast do the words come to you? How much do you tweak them after you write them?
Oh, I don’t tweak them at all really. I can make any word fit. ♫ I’m going to live like tomorrow doesn’t exist Like chandelier and exist, so if you bend them in certain ways
Interviewer: The hook. A distinctive word. The repetition of a strong concept. It’s how these two came up with Britney’s hit Perfume.
Sia: Oh, I don’t even know if I’d know the words. Here’s the thing you know we write these songs in like 40 minutes and then we just send them to somebody. And then we never really refer back to them ever again.
Interviewer: Sia has spent the last few years becoming one of pop’s most successful songwriters. Her resume is a who’s huge of music superstars. Rihanna’s Diamonds. Flo Rida’s Wild Ones. DJ David Guetta’s Titanium. How long did it take you to write Titanium?
It was like around 40 minutes I think and then maybe half an hour to record the vocals.
Interviewer: That’s amazing.
Rule #4: Feel Where Art Goes
Interviewer: You have written a lot of great songs and you’ve given them to other artists even though you have this fantastic voice yourself. Is this part of the same reason that you don’t, you really didn’t want the attention on you?
No I think I really feel like there’s enough to go around. Sometimes I’ll write a song and I’m not personally attached to it. I think it’s a good pop song. But I can hear one of those girls singing it. So I’ll write it, and suddenly I’ll be like, I’ll feel like I this one is a Katy song or I think this one is a Beyonce song or this feels like Rihanna.
And so then I’ll go and offer it to them. You know and then there’s a song like Chandelier, which I was in a session writing for at the time, Rihanna. Just in my house, but my intention was to write for Rihanna ’cause she was making a new album. And after I finished it I was like oh, I can’t give this away. It turns out I wrote myself a pop song.
Rule #5: Get Inspiration From Everywhere
I had actually, I actually had written down the I’m still breathing line. From an episode of America’s Next Top Model.
Ryan: Oh, that’s genius. I won’t tell.
This beautiful young man on the last cycle. Not this cycle, had said that he had had a tough life. But he was like, “but you know, I’m still breathing” and I felt emotional.
Ryan: Look at that.
And so I wrote it down.
Ryan: I think he had no idea how articulate he was.
Sia: I have so much to thank reality TV for.
Ryan: Yeah, me too.
Rule #6: Never Complain
Interviewer: We were talking a little bit earlier on about when this record is coming out. First of all, we should say it’s called Some People Have Real Problems.
Interviewer: Anybody in particular that that refers to?
Well, I was just saying that you know I’m pretty privileged and I have to just try and make sure that I’m responsible and that I make sure that I don’t like start complaining about things like rich people’s problems like you know the cleaner missed a spot.
Interviewer: So you were just relating to the fact that you’re very lucky.
I was really just trying to like, we were complaining during any of the recording process. If anyone would complain, the running gag was yeah well some people have real problems.
Interviewer: Exactly, we’re in a studio making music.
Rule #7: Don’t Care What People Think
Interviewer: I’m impressed. You’re compared to a lot of female artists.
Oh yeah? Is there a list? Did you make a list?
Interviewer: Oh, I wrote some down.
I can tell you who I know that I’ve always been compared to.
Interviewer: Yeah, Nelly Furtado.
Interviewer: And people like that.
Interviewer: And also some other.
Tell me who else. Anyone else?
I’m always flattered.
Interviewer: Lauren Hill I also read.
Oh, that’s nice, I love her voice. She’s one of my favorite voices, so that’s flattering.
Interviewer: Do you see that as a compliment in that comparing?
Interviewer: Or maybe you want to be your own personality?
I don’t care about how people, what people think about me out there unless they think I’m mean or something. But I don’t care if they think I’m like someone else because I know I’m not. I’m a total weirdo. And I’m not selling like, a dream. I’m not selling like, fame.
Like it’s some sort of fantastic thing. I’m just trying to sell music and get on with my real life. And I’m always flattered when people compare me to other pop stars because they’ve made loads of money. And hopefully that means so will I.
Rule #8: Turn Rejections Into Greatness
What’s the question, I’m sorry.
Ryan: Well, so like, that’s a song. Is there an album with more?
Sia: There is an album.
Ryan: And that’s this-
Sia: This Is Acting.
Ryan: This Is Acting. So tell me what’s the concept here?
Sia: Oh, just that most of the songs, if not all of them, I wrote for other people and they were rejected. And so, there are generally, there are songs that aren’t really from my perspective.
Sia: So it feels like acting.
Ryan: So for who? Rihanna? Adele?
Sia: Oh, I have rejects from Rihanna, Adele, Shakira.
Ryan: Wouldn’t it be fun to have all number ones?
Sia: Oh my God so good. Beyonce, I have rejects.
Man: Demi Lovato.
Sia: Demi Lovato.
Ryan: Demi Lovato did not reject a Sia track. Not allowed.
Sia: I love her.
Ryan: I love her to death.
Ryan: I love her to her Lovatos.
Sia: Just like all the good girls. Katy definitely.
Ryan: Wait till four of those go to number one.
Sia: Yeah, oh that would be so nice.
Rule #9: Understand Your Clients
Interviewer: Is it also the case when you for example, write for other artists like Christina Aguilera?
Yeah, channeling. Well, I do like an interview with them first like a therapy sesh. So, for an hour or so I, in her case I was like, is there anything that’s upsetting you? Because they ask me for ballads, so I was like are you okay? Is there anything that’s upsetting you at all? And I was like, you know can you tell me a little bit about what’s happening right now in your life? And so she did and so we wrote songs about that. So she went and fed Max and then I would start a skeleton based on what she’d said.
And she would come back, shift things around, or say I don’t like that word, or I like this word, or how about this phrase? Or what about this melody if I do this here? And we build it around that sort of therapy sesh. So I try and channel them when I’m doing the song writing.
Rule #10: Perform Amazingly
Thank you guys so much. I made this because Nancy Lopez asked me to. If there’s someone you’d like me to profile in the future top ten, please check out the link down in the description below and you can cast your vote on who we should do next.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Martin Galvan Jr. Martin thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and posting it to Twitter.
I hope you read through it, you enjoyed it, and you’re applying it to your life and your business. Thank you so much again. Thank you guys again. 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.
Protect Your Privacy
Interviewer: Even with all your success, why do you still shy away from the limelight from fame?
Well, it’s unpleasant. You know it makes me feel hunted, or. I don’t know. My friends were with me the other day when the paps were at the airport and it was like they all got diarrhea. And I had to explain that it was like you go into fight or flight. It’s like you’re the prey and they’re the predator and you’re being hunted. You know would you like to spend your life feeling like prey? Probably, not.
So yeah that’s really all it is. It’s just like wanting to have a regular life just like a regular person and still be able to make music and sing and stuff but without having to sacrifice just having a regular life.
Ryan: Why is it we don’t get to see your face?
Sia: It’s just to make it I guess a little bit harder for me to lose my privacy or anonymity.
Ryan: So you like anonymity and your privacy
Sia: Yeah, I do.
Ryan: So there would never be a day where you’d get up there and you go here I am onstage.
Sia: I don’t think so. I mean it may happen that I can’t avoid it. Like meaning I can’t avoid being followed. The paparazzi now follow me around.
Ryan: Oh, so they recognize you now?
Sia: Yeah, so they’re trying to get pictures of my face and I’m wondering am I making it like, more enticing for them by hiding it? I don’t know.
Ryan: You don’t know.
I’m just doing my best, really of trying to like, negotiate my life and my serenity.
So, I don’t know. If it turns out that I couldn’t do it and stay unknown, unrecognizable, like.
Sia: Like I appreciate my music is famous, but I’d rather my face wasn’t. So that I could just live a normal life. If I can’t then I guess maybe I would end up just giving up and showing my face.
Ryan: Just embrace it.
Find Your Creative Process
See a lot of people like that I don’t really, it takes us about two or three hours to write a song, and all of those songs on this album have taken like maybe a couple of hours to write. And then I try not to really ever listen to them again unless I’m singing them or unless it’s something really important to do like horns or strings or anything. Otherwise everyone is just so amazing. The players that they just take of what needs doing that way it doesn’t become tedious and I don’t get sick of them and I can still enjoy them and get down.
Interviewer: The attention that you were getting after the last album when Six Feet Under went and put that song at the end of the series and all of a sudden from not being known here in the States. Everybody’s like, who’s that girl who sang that song? A nice bit of attention, right? The album finally came out in the States because until then the last one hadn’t even come out here.
Yeah. I often say that that resuscitated my career.
Interviewer: Which is you know, kind of ironic when you think about it.
Sia: I was flopping.
Interviewer: But everybody died in the TV show.
Interviewer: But you were resuscitated.
Sia: Yes, yes I was.
Interviewer: So, I thought it was funny. So, I’m imagining that that gave you a profile that, you know, up until then here in the States you could have only dreamed of?
Yeah totally, it was amazing. It was magic pants because I was considering going into like dog like rescuing or-
Interviewer: Making jewelry.
Yeah like squeezing out pups. You know, that sort of thing. Like just you know like settling down.
Interviewer: Right, exactly.
Interviewer: But you got the opportunity to make another record.
I did. And also I realized you don’t actually need to be successful to make music and put out music these days ’cause record companies are kind of becoming obsolete.
Rule number six is my personal favorite, and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best.
- Define Success For Yourself
- Ignore The Critics
- Create Greatness
- Feel Where Your Art Goes
- Get Inspiration From Everywhere.
- Never Complain (Evan’s Favorite Rule for an Entrepreneur Mindset)
- Don’t Care What People Think
- Turn Rejections Into Greatness
- Understand Your Clients
- Perform Amazingly
I hope you enjoyed this article, make sure to check my Sia video on his Top 10 Rules For Success as well.
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