Stay true to myself.
I’ve stayed pretty true to whatever my instincts are.
You’ve got to stay true to who you are.
Stay true to who I am.
To myself, I had to be true.
Hello believe nation, today we’re going to talk about how you can stay true to yourself.
And always as you’re watching, if you hear 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.
Jada Pinkett Smith
I haven’t had any regrets, you know, and it’s sometimes really hard. I’ll tell you a funny story. I remember right before I got A Different World, I auditioned for Blossom.
Do you remember the TV show Blossom?
Interviewer: Absolutely, yeah.
Do you remember her friend, the young girl?
Woman: Her six?
I auditioned for Six, okay. And I had my hair up in a little pony tail with this little jumpsuit. I looked like I was about twelve. Got the role, okay. Got the role to play Six. And I was like, I was 18, 19 years old then. I said, I looked at my agent Nancy Rainford, I said Nancy, I can’t do this. I just can’t do it. I’m going to be miserable playing a twelve year old on this show. I can’t do this.
And we had to turn it down. And let me tell you, them folks were not happy. It’s like who does this girl think she is, you know, and that whole thing. But within two weeks, I got A Different World. And that really taught me a lesson, which was, you know, to really listen to, and follow my gut, because everything that shines isn’t gold, you know what I mean? And so it really taught me a very valuable lesson to just stay true to myself.
“Stay true to myself.” – Jada Pinkett Smith
If there’s nothing that I haven’t learned about this business, it’s really about staying true to why I’m here, why, you know, I started acting in the first place and what’s important to me. And keeping my artistic integrity, as well as my creative, my personal integrity. And that was a big lesson for me.
And let me tell you, that was not an easy thing to turn down. You know, being a young actress, you got this opportunity for this series regular. It’s money, you know. But I just felt deep down inside, I was like, something’s coming your way, just fall back. And then I got to meet, you know, Debbie Allen.
Tyler The Creator
I was always the class clown, always kind of weird and shht. And it’s kind of like I’ve always been an outcast cause they never knew me. I know we’re the outcast, if you listen to the music. Or just us in general, like you met me in person, I’m just serious now, but I’m always jumping around. I’m surprised I’ve sat down still this long. We’ve always been a fkn outcast, and it’s kind of cool, cause it’s really going to make us great in the future.
At the end of the day, throughout all the jokes and bulls*ht and whatever, it’s always be yourself, that’s one thing that I’m like, just do what the fk you like. That’s what I try to tell people is to do the fk they want, instead of impressing others. And that’s why at the end of the day, I’m always going to make the music I want to make. Like people get so caught up in fkn making their first album, like Bastard was pretty successful.
“Always be yourself, that’s one thing that I’m like” – Tyler The Creator
And people are like, you should try to make something like that, but I can’t. It’s a progression. I’m in a whole different frame of mind today. I’m having a fkn interview right now. I wasn’t having that a year ago, so. I’m going to make the music that I want to make now, that sounds cool to me.
Who knows, I might end up doing coke and be a drug addict two years from now making some off the wall music. But at the end of the day, I’m going to fkn like it, and I think that’s one of the reason people like us. We do what we want.
I stayed pretty true to whatever my instincts are as an artist. Sometimes for worse at first, because I think when you do something that’s out of the norm, you have to keep doing it for a little while, to make it your own norm.
So it’s an exciting idea to me that I could be putting a record out and being able to be my own person. To not have to think about what I can’t say or can’t do because I don’t want to lose peoples’ understanding of what I do as a convention, you know?
“I stayed pretty true to whatever my instincts are as an artist.” – John Mayer
So I’m really excited about the idea of people going, oh no, that’s him. That’s him, you know.
Anderson: You get new video all the time.
All the time. So this is actually a video of a firefighter rescuing and resuscitating a kitten.
Anderson: Yeah, and a video like that would very easily go viral around the world, I mean.
Oh my god, yeah.
Anderson: And that’s essentially a commercial for Go Pro.
Essentially a commercial for Go Pro. It’s a marketer’s dream. And it’s all based off of authenticity, right? It’s our customers doing interesting things around the world and they’re so stoked that they’re able to finally self-document these things that they like to do and share it with people.
“You’ve got to stay true to who you are and I recognize that my approach to life and now our company’s approach to life is what has made Go Pro what it is.” – Nick Woodman
They’re so stoked at how good they look in the video that when they share the video, they often give us credit. My Go Pro ski trip. My Go Pro day at the park with my kids.
Anderson: You’re the only CEO I’ve ever interviewed who’s used the word stoked.
Like five million times.
Anderson: Five million times, yes.
Well you know, you’ve got to stay true to who you are and I recognize that my approach to life and now our company’s approach to life is what has made Go Pro what it is. And so there’s no reason to change that.
You have to be authentic. I mean, you’ve got no hope if you try to pretend to be Reed Hastings or Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates or whoever you want to think your CEOs are that you’ve met. You know, that is crazy.
And you’ve got to really get comfortable with yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. People are inspired by authenticity and I’m just surprised how many people feel like they’re acting or try to act. And you may be a really quiet person and that’s fine.
“Be authentic and not try to be something else, and to fundamentally care at your core about what’s good for the company.” – Reed Hasting
But if you have that fierce will, that desire for the institution, the company to be great, and your own role in that is secondary, and you authentically express that in whatever ways you do, then you’ll be greatly accepted.
Okay, and so that’s all it takes, is to be authentic and not try to be something else, and to fundamentally care at your core about what’s good for the company.
And if everybody knows, and you act in the notion of what’s good as best as your judgment can tell, what’s good for the company, they will see that. And people will follow you. And they won’t be cynical. It’s when you hide things, it’s when you pretend, that you lose trust very quickly.
Man you just got to stay real to yourself, you know, not ever try to follow the trends. That’s when you get lost in the sauce, man, you got to do what you feel man, and be creative in it.
Don’t be scared to be yourself, always keep that faith. I’ve been in the darkest times of my life, when I didn’t know what was going to happen, and I was flat broke.
“Don’t be scared to be yourself, always keep that faith. ” – Big Sean
Anything you can think of man, I done been through it. You got to be strong enough to make it through. And it just makes it that much sweeter, when everything starts going right.
When she was 17 years old, Stephanie got her high school diploma and left the nuns to join the prestigious Tisch School of Arts, a school entirely dedicated to artistic disciplines. She took numerous classes such as art story, music, theater and dancing.
“I felt that they wanted us all to be the same and possess the same skills. And I had something very different inside of me.” – Lady Gaga
I was really blessed and lucky to get in. I got in very early. I was 17 and I was one of 20 people in America that got into the school early. And I was really happy and excited and I just felt like all my dreams were coming true. And it was a wonderful school, but it was very factory like. Not in the Warhol factory like way, more like a sausage link factory,
where everyone was taught the same sorts of things and I think what I didn’t like about the school was I felt that they wanted us all to be the same and possess the same skills. And I had something very different inside of me.
Interviewer: You think the secret to your success is actually that you are in many ways, and the way you lead your life, your tastes are quite average, middle of the road, the kind of stuff the mass market would like.
“I base everything on my own tastes. And I have fairly broad, you know, I’d say, quite simple tastes.” – Simon Cowel
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 would be like 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, you know, I’d say, quite simple tastes.
I mean as terrible as it is, the kid who had the girls in the neighborhood and who had the nicest car, sold the most drugs, you know. There wasn’t really anybody I could look up to that was from my situation that really made something of themself.
That’s why I feel it’s so important to stay true to who I am and where I’m from, you know. Because kids like myself do look up to me, you know. And I came through it the right way.
So it really, you know, gives them something to look at. And something to work for, you know. And that’s why I’ve accomplished really everything that I’ve set out to do.
“I feel it’s so important to stay true to who I am and where I’m from” – Mark Wahlberg
But to just stop and not stay on that mission I think would be wrong too. Because things are still gettin’ worse, you know what I’m saying?
Which one of you motherfkers is coming here to say. You didn’t think I was going to do it, did you? You thought, oh he’s on CNN, I know he ain’t going to say motherfker.
I fooled you. I fooled you. To thine own self be true. So to myself, I had to be true. I’m not going to litter it. Litter my conversation with motherfkkr, as I usually do, if you know anything about me.
I’m going to limit ’em. I’m going to limit ’em. Maybe 12, 13 mutherfkers through the whole thing, because I would like possibly to get a few seconds on CNN. But if I don’t make it, fk it.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I’d love to know what did you think. What was your favorite clip? What was the single biggest message that you learned from this that you’re going to immediately apply to your life or your business. Leave it in the comments below. I’m going to join in the discussion.
Also I’m curious how are you staying true to yourself. What are some of the things that you’re doing in your life consistently to stay true, to stay authentic. Leave it in the comments. I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I want to give a quick shout out to Obtain Eudaimonia. It’s a YouTube channel run by an awesome guy named Adam, who recently made an animated book summary of my book, Your One Word, that I really really appreciate it. So go check out his channel as well.
Adam: His book explains the secret to how one word can transform you and your business.
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.