One of my favorite live concert dvd's is Queen - Live at Wembly. The energy, the music, everything is absolutely a positive, infectious vibration. It's a powerful demonstration of pure passion, both from the band and the audience members. Something I am always intrigued with are the interviews with the band members. There are always so many secrets to success when successful people from any walk of life are interviewed.
I thought I would share some of the highlights of the Queen interview, because everyone is our teacher....we learn from everyone and everything, and if you are open to the messages, there is always a nugget of wisdom we can apply to other areas of our lives.
Something that really stood out was the ticket to that concert. Instead of a "start time", it said "starts approximately _____". I have never seen that on a ticket. What a great example of thinking out of the box, not conforming to the way "everyone else" does it, and doing things your own way. It's ok to break the rules.... successful people make their own rules and do not conform.
There were a few other successful musicians that were interviewed as well as the Queen band members, and great clues for success.
Mick Jagger initially thought the setup at Wembly was too big when he first saw Queen getting ready for it. This is a good example of how it could be easy to have your thinking swayed by others, if you don't have a clear vision of what you want. Jagger is ultra successful himself and it would have been easy for Queen to question their own ideas. But they didn't,.....the Wembly event was a huge success and they went on to do even bigger events. An example of trusting your own judgement.
Queen had a vision - they had a huge big screen they wanted at the top. The measurements they received in advance were not right, and when they arrived they were told "it couldn't be done". They found a solution by hiring a crane and made it happen. A reminder that challenges are simply part of the process...look for and find a solution, and do not take no for an answer.
When band member John was interviewed, he stated "it's hard to set goals when you have achieved so much". Yet they kept raising the bar and setting bigger goals to achieve. Proof there is always a new level you can strive for, regardless of past success.
On stage, Freddy always appears fully confident and somewhat arrogant (in his own words). He admitted he likes to ham it up on stage and he certainly does! Yet, when he was interviewed he seemed shy and nervous. One of the biggest stars ever, and yet we saw the human side and despite that shy and nervous personality, he could BE the person on stage that kept everyone on their feet the entire concert. The energy of the crowd on their feet the entire concert is just amazing! Brian May mentioned "people dry up in big situations like this, but Freddy blossomed and opened up". A great example that we can do things so far out of our comfort zone when we just allow ourselves to live our passion, which Freddy did like no one else!
Brian May said "you consistently work on yourself to do your absolute best in the 2 hrs you perform". A reminder that it takes consistent work to be the best you can be. Successful people are always working on themselves and push themselves to keep raising the bar. It doesn't just happen. It takes practice, vision and an unwavering commitment to do what it takes.
They mentioned that if you don't deliver in those 2 hrs, people don't want to come back. Those 2 hrs are so vital to their future success, it can either make or break them. What if we all performed our work with this mindset? How many people give their all like this and what would that difference make in your business?
Roger reminded us that live music removes all the barriers - we are all there for a common passion. A reminder to surround yourself with people that have the same passions as you do.
I learned many years ago that everyone and everything is our teacher....IF we are open to the messages when they are put in front of us....
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