Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Grind Like You Have No Talent: Superstars and Starving Artists (Edition 11)

I know, I know, the picture corresponding to the title of this blog post is a little mean, but it is very real right? Just for the record, I have no qualm with Soulja Boy (he probably doesn't even know I exist) and I actually admire him in many ways. Now that we've got that clear, we can move on. Leadership guru, John C. Maxwell, quotes that "talent is not enough" and this saying couldn't be any truer than in the entertainment/music business. Your work ethic, the relationships you establish, and most importantly God's favor are the key ingredients to success in the business of music. Don't get me wrong, talent is crucial, but not the deciding factor in who makes it and who doesn't. Talent may help you get your foot in the door, but it won't keep you in the room. There are many undiscovered artists that can run circles around the most popular artists, talent wise. But one thing many of these up and comers lack is the grind. Oh, the grind, that most obnoxiously over used word. I think most people have this word mixed up.Grinding goes beyond just working hard. To grind something is to sharpen, shape,or refine it by friction. Grinding is not a fun, but painful process, but if you are really passionate about what you are doing, the pain won't sting as bad. Success does not come by being pretty and smiling at the camera. It comes through much toil, sacrifice, pain, and suffering. I am not at all being extreme. Lean on your talent as a crutch if you want, but don't be mad when you see Joe Smoe who has talent equivalent to a piece of toast being interviewed on Fuse TV and you are on the couch at your mother's house watching him. The difference between Joe Smoe and you is he didn't rely on his talent (or lack thereof) to propel him to stardom, he stuck to his grind.

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