In a great TED talk recently a nerdy guy shared his spin on making a comeback.
Apparently, at some point in our lives, most of us will not only need a comeback but will be nudged(gently or otherwise by life circumstances or the universe) into making one.
When this happens, we have a couple of choices: flail about in victim mode complete with a rousing chorus of I don’t know what to do or why me?
Or we can dig our heels in, get clear about what we want our life to look like and then get to work creating that reality.
What was so telling about watching this talk was that I have done a fair amount of reinvention myself. Moving from Detroit to the South for College. Moving from Detroit to Japan and then NY in pursuit of my newest incarnation- lounge singer and actor/writer.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while we all create our own Private Dancer.
If everybody gets what you’re doing you are not pushing hard enough. If everyone is on board and sees what you see then you are not following your own mind and dreams.
There must be haters and naysayers otherwise you’re wasting your time.
When Janet Jackson completed Control and allowed Papa Joe to have a listen, he hated it.
A fifty year old man shouldn’t enjoy listening to a 19 year olds version of pop and independence
Once you’ve got some nudniks who are throwing shade from the sidelines, it’s time to create one of life’s little necessities- an army (small and powerful) that does get you and what you’re going after.
We must also exercise patience.
We work our asses off while developing our craft/skills and finding an audience whose interested in what you’re doing.
Seth Godin in reference to the Beatles states: the Beatles didn’t invent teenagers they marketed to them and showed up to lead them.
This is something to keep in mind as I move forward and continue my diabolical plans of world domination.
Who is waiting for what I have to offer?