If you’re going to be good at something it does take awhile. Just enjoy the getting there.
What I realized very young is that I didn’t want to live in fear.
Where most people get it wrong is they’re afraid of losing what they’ve got.
Anybody who at the age of 60 calls themselves Sting is an idiot.
Simon Cowell’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Evan: He’s an English reality TV judge, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He’s most recognized as a judge on the TV series American Idol, X Factor, and America’s Got Talent.
According to the Sunday Times he’s one of the wealthiest people in the UK.
In 2015 he had an estimated net worth of over 325 million pounds.
He’s Simon Cowell and here’s my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule number two is my personal favorite and make sure to stick around all the way to the end for some special bonus clips.
And as always if Simon says something that really, really means something to you, is really meaningful, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy.
-= COWELL’S RULES =-
- Be patient
- Don’t live in fear
- Strive for success
- Seek adventures
- Keep things in perspective
- Create what you like
- Be yourself
- Acknowledge everyone
- Defend your work
- Be brutally honest
Rule #1: Be Patient
The good thing about how I made a career was I was patient. So I would say to anybody still today, if you’re going to be good at something it does take awhile. Just enjoy the getting there. You’re going to get fed up, you’re going to get disheartened and people are going to tell you you’re useless. Had all that. But what I can say after about 15 or 20 years I learned how to do something well and I enjoyed that getting there as much as being there.
Rule #2: Don’t Live In Fear
Man: Let’s say you’re about to get out of high school and you say to yourself as you said to yourself, you know what I don’t think I’m college material. The fear sets in that number one, if you don’t go off to college then the world’s going to pass you by, that’s first of all.
Man: Secondly it is if something’s going to happen I got to make it happen quickly. I can’t afford to spend four, five, 10 years in an apprenticeship.
I think it depends on what you want in your life. I mean what I realized very young is that I didn’t want to live in fear. All my years in school I did live in fear that if you got something wrong, they would beat you I mean literally.
So you were kind of nervous. I was always scared that I could have a job which I may not be very good in and my boss could hate me and if he hated me he could fire me and I thought I couldn’t live my life like that so I kind of prepared myself to be good at something where I wouldn’t have to have a boss and then I would only have myself to answer to and then I wouldn’t live in fear any longer.
“I realized very young is that I didn’t want to live in fear. All my years in school I did live in fear that if you got something wrong, they would beat you I mean literally.” – Simon Cowell
And there are times in this job where you get nervous or you lose your nerve but I don’t wake up every morning like I did when I was going to school or wake up on a Monday morning feeling sick ’cause I’ve got to go to school. So I’m a great believer if you’re not bright at school and I wasn’t clever at school, you can teach yourself something good providing you have a good mentor and providing that you’re patient.
Rule #3: Strive For Success
Interviewer: How important is it to you to be popular?
Very important. Whether you’re a sportsman or you’re in business or you know doing what I do where you make TV shows, nobody does this to become 77th, you know you always, always strive to be more successful then your competition and the day that stops you have to stop doing this for a living genuinely. You have to have that drive. Even as a kid if I was losing monopoly, I’d tip the board up.
Oh my God yeah, absolutely or I’d be the banker and nickel the money so I would always win.
Rule #4: Seek Adventures
Oprah: So tell me everybody wants to know why are you leaving?
Probably for the same reasons you left. You just know it’s time, time’s up. I remember the first year when we did this and it was like an adventure and I loved that not knowing if it was going to be successful and the buzz, we were kind of making it up every week.
Oprah: Yeah when I interviewed you after first season you said I don’t know how long this can go on, the third season-
When we first met I remember thinking at the time this would be the one and only time I’m sure you and I’d ever meet because I’m not sure we’re going to be round much longer. But I just, i loved that buzz and I liked the kind of adventure and it was fun and then you get to a point and for whatever reason two years ago I remember sitting in the auditions one day and I thought I think this is about as far as we can go. And I’ve always promised myself that I’d leave before I was forced to go. It feels like the right thing to do.
Rule #5: Keep Things In Perspective
Piers: 13 years ago you were completely lost, gone. No money you had five pounds and have seven dollars left in your hand, you’d use it for a taxi back to your parents and your career in the record business had just come to a shuddering halt. And here you are 13 years later, you’re worth hundreds of millions of dollars, life’s taken a huge turn upwards but I get the sense with you that what happened to you 13 years ago still defines you now.
Yeah I mean it wasn’t the best of times but then again when I look back on it, it wasn’t the worst of times because I think particularly here in Hollywood where most people get it wrong is they’re afraid of losing what they’ve got. They’re just terrified of losing their fame as you said power, money, but actually once you’ve lost it, you can always get it back again. I mean it’s not the end of the world, being ill is worse. So because I’ve actually faced what are most people’s worst fears and recovered from it, it’s not as bad as you think you know? I didn’t lose my confidence. My friends were still my friends. I’ve lived with my parents and I just saw it as a challenge that I’ve got to get myself back on my feet again.
Piers: What advice do your parents give you then?
They were really honest to God just cool about it. They were parents. They just wanted to look after me. Live with them for awhile. My Dad lent me some money to pay the bank. Then eventually I managed to pay my Dad back.
Worst time of my life
You know it was what any parent would do but like I said it wasn’t the worst time of my life. And actually when I look back on it now I still smile because I’ve bought this beat up old British sports car worked 18 hours a day and I was so determined Piers just to get it right this time ’cause I knew I’d got it wrong. So now I found it much easier to deal with things.
Piers: If that wasn’t the worst time of your life what was?
“I think particularly here in Hollywood where most people get it wrong is they’re afraid of losing what they’ve got. They’re just terrified of losing their fame as you said power, money, but actually once you’ve lost it, you can always get it back again.” – Simon Cowell
When my Dad died was the worst time in my life as you know you and I have discussed that. That like getting ill, losing a parent or losing somebody close to you, that’s the worst thing that could ever happen in your life. In all the things that I worry about now, just trivial, I mean even the whole kind of Idol, X Factor thing, I laugh abut it because it’s such a high class problem. My show’s better than your show but we both got a show.
Piers: It’s a bit like Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in the fountain in Bridget Jones.
Piers: Fighting you know.
Over what? I mean the fact that we’re here, we can do this it’s fantastic.
Rule #6: Create What You Like
Piers: Do you think the secret to your success is actually that you are in many ways in the way you lead your life, your tastes are quite average, middle of the road, the kind of stuff the mass market would like?
For sure absolutely right. And I don’t think you can make records, I don’t think you can make TV shows properly unless you can sit there as a listener or a viewer. You can’t guess what people like. It’d be like me guessing what you want for dinner. It’s impossible. I can tell you what I want. So I base everything on my own tastes and I have fairly broad I would say quite simple tastes.
Rule #7: Be Yourself
I never tried to make my show mean. It was supposed to be funnier rather than mean.
Piers: Some of you just say some of the meanest things ever seen on American television.
No and tell you what, and coming from you, not intentionally but you know what we’re like. We have a different sense of humor.
We look at things in a different way. I like things to a bit more extreme, a bit more crazy and I always felt with the Idol producers they wanted it to be a bit more homely and safe so I think for them now, they’re very, very happy ’cause they can make the show they want to make now and then I can go and make the show I want to make.
Piers: Will you be a different character on X Factor as the one we saw on Idol?
“I like things to a bit more extreme, a bit more crazy and I always felt with the Idol producers they wanted it to be a bit more homely and safe so I think for them now, they’re very, very happy ’cause they can make the show they want to make now and then I can go and make the show I want to make.” – Simon Cowell
Piers: Can’t imagine it. Those other people trust us this is what he’s really like. It’s not an act.
No but I was going to say that that i think that you can’t go on one of these show and put on an act. I mean if somebody horrific is singing in front of you, I can’t sit there and go take a few more lessons and come back next year everything’s going to be great I’m like put this person out of their misery. Or it makes me laugh but I do like things to be really, really extreme and I like it to be slightly chaotic and I like it to be controversial.
Rule #8: Acknowledge Everyone
Interviewer: How can I make you feel important in this interview?
You already have you’re sitting here. I feel important.
Interviewer: I noticed when you were saying that the first thing you try to do is convince the other person that you’re going to make them feel important.
It’s good that you mention it. It’s something my Dad taught me when I was very young and I asked him a question once, you know how he runs a company and he said it’s very simple.
He said everybody has a sign on their head that says make me feel important and it’s something I’ve always been very aware of when you make a show and you’ve got 150 people on it, every person on that show rightly has to feel that they’re acknowledged for the part they play. If you start thinking it’s all about you, you’ve got a big problem.
Rule #9: Defend Your Work
Pierce: Sting recently said the X Factor is a preposterous show and you have judges who have no recognizable talent apart from self promotion and advising them what to wear and how to look, it is appalling.
Well first of all anybody who at the age of 60 calls themselves Sting is an idiot. I find those kind of people who really do live in mansions who come from quite humble beginnings and they’re living in these stately homes professing to know everything about everything in the world and what the contestants may or may not feel, they can say that because they’ve got everything they want in their lives but what they’re really saying is anybody else who needs a shot shouldn’t be allowed to do it.
Rule #10: Be Brutally Honest
Interviewer: Have you always lived your life with this relentless honesty?
I think so yeah. I mean when I was young Dan I got into the music business via the mail room and you kind of hustle your way into the main part of the record company or the music publishing companies it was in those days and you try and work your way up and the interesting thing is it’s a business where they invest millions and millions of dollars but they give you no training so when you screw up and I did in the early days, I mean I was told in no certain terms why I’d made a mistake and I was taught tough love and in return I try and do the same thing back because the worst thing you can do is particularly when I do a talent show if somebody comes in with absolutely no talent whatsoever and absolutely no chance of a career, I think it’s a crime to say to these people well take a couple singing lessons and it will all work out. Because it just doesn’t work out that way.
Oprah: So let me just go to Susan Boyle why was that one of your favorite auditions?
Susan Boyle if I’m being honest with you on the day I was in such a bad mood, I just didn’t want to be there, bored, never thought we’d find anyone good, the second I saw her come out, I see them from the right hand side walk out and I’m like oh my God what we have?
I saw the whole thing I actually hated myself
Oprah: You were judging the book by its cover.
100 million percent yes and I also guessed ’cause they’re holding the dreaded hand held microphone, it’s a singer I know this is going to be terrible and I was completely judging the book because just the way she was walking on I thought she’s either going to tell jokes or she’s going to sing or even worse a combination of the two.
So I was so not interested. And the audience were the same. You know they sat through a long time they were restless and I wasn’t really listening to her answers and then she started to sing and I thought my God we’ve to this so wrong and then when I watched the clip back when it was all edited together, and I saw the whole thing I actually hated myself. I mean genuinely.
Oprah: You hated yourself?
Yeah I thought you know what we’re all sneering, we’re not listening to people. We’re judging everybody I just didn’t like what I saw.
Oprah: In yourself?
For sure. Yeah it was a wake up call and I was happy that she made us look stupid. Genuinely happy ’cause we deserved it. Seriously I was blown away by that and I just want to address something.
I know the show is Britain’s Got Talent and you’re not from Britain but I am absolutely honored that you chose this show to show us your talent. I really genuinely am. I think everybody feels the same way. Always welcome talent wherever it is around the world and I genuinely feel privileged that we’ve just seen one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on this show you really moved me, fantastic.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Micheala Lynch asked me too. 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 which of Simon’s rules had the biggest impact on you. What did you learn most? What are you going to apply to your life for business? What was most eye opening about this video? Leave it in the comments and I’m going to join in the discussion. I also want to give a quick shout out to Dorma Jean McGruder thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book. It really, really means a lot to me. 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 you soon.
If you really want to get good, you’re the first in and you’re the last out. And you listen rather than talking because if your lucky in life and your eyes and ears are open, you may bump into somebody who can transform your life ’cause they can teach you but to meet that person you got to be receptive if that makes sense.
To do what I do the only thing that bothers me is whether or not I’m relevant any longer because I think if you’re sitting on these shows but you’re not having hit records or hit artists in your real life I think you look a bit of an idiot so that’s all I really care about Dan is that I can sit on one of these shows and justify why I’m there because in my day job I am creating hit artists. Otherwise you’re just a judge for hire which I just couldn’t do.
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