Our good friend, Chuck Miller over at CoachChuckMiller.com, wrote a great piece on how just 5 of Prince’s life “skills” can really impact your life. He put them in the context of business, but with his permission we’re going to tweak them a bit to also put them in the context of LIFE, because we’ve lost way too many of the great musicians of our lifetime so far this year. If we’ve learned anything from all these passing’s, it’s that life really is fragile and often not as long as it should be. Prince, in his own unique way, has shown us the importance of really living and participating in life and the impact this has in all of it’s areas…
STYLE – Prince had his own unique and inimitable style. Whether it was his dress or his music, his style distinguished him from any other artist. He also wasn’t afraid to change his style over time. Create a style for yourself that separates you from the crowd and don’t be afraid to adapt that style as the situation demands.
OWN YOUR STAGE – By most accounts, Prince was a shy, introverted, private person. However, when he took the stage and the spotlight was on him, he gave every audience member the performance of a lifetime. We need to do the same with our friends, family and associates. No matter how bad our day has been, or whatever personality type we have, when it’s “go-time” we need to give every person our very best.
KNOW YOUR CRAFT – Prince was the ultimate professional when it came to knowing everything about his music. He played almost every instrument and went to great lengths to learn all he could about his industry. Knowledge is key in communicating and personal relationships and it is power in business. It demonstrates your commitment to your friends, family and as a citizen of the world as well as to your business and to your clients. Always be in a learning mode. As they say: the more you learn, the more you learn that there’s more to learn. Learn and know as much as you can about your world, town, neighborhood, friends, family, your industry, clients, your kid’s school and teachers, politics, etc., etc.
HARD WORK – Prince made it look easy, but he was always working to perfect his art. We often see very successful people and contribute their success to their God-Given talent, but the truth is that in most cases, the most talented people are also the hardest working whether it be Prince, Michael Jackson, Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods. The is a correlation to the harder we work – the luckier we get – and the more successful we are.
PASSION – Prince was definitely a passionate person and was very passionate about his music and fans. Be passionate about your life. Give it 110% for a sustained period and see what happens. When it comes to your business, if you love what you do, things will seem to be easier. At one time or another, we will all face obstacles, difficulties or challenges but if we are passionate about what we do and how we do it we can overcome anything.
So continue to be “Prince-like” in your life and if you do, like Prince, you will have a lot of fun, be innovative, influence others and have a very successful and memorable career. And thank you, Chuck, as your positive and upbeat personality and messages have been a big influence on us.