We lost music royalty this week. In April 20th, Prince Roger Nelson, arguably, one of the most influential musicians ever, died at age 57. There is no doubt that a void in the world of music and culture which he once filled abundantly, even with his demure statue.
Prince didn't just personify music (as if that were a insignificant achievement). He defined "transcendent". There were no boundaries he couldn't or wouldn't cross. Whether they be generational, musical genres or sexuality norms.
The word traditional was a challenge to him. To him, the word Acceptable meant whatever he created. And this is why his creations represented courage so many of us wish we could express in our own lives. Just by listening to our favorite songs, we were vicariously brave like Prince. He was our avatar in a spiritual/emotional place where rules were meant to be broken.
So it's understandable why so many people are grieving the physical death of the legend. Post after post on social media start off with "I am so sad."
Remember "I Am" are the two most powerful words you can speak or even think. Those words create or destroy your potential success before you even get started. It is literally a powerful prayer to the God in you which determines who or what you will be.
So, even while mourning, it's critically important that you choose your words and character wisely. Saying "I am sad" means so much more than just how you feel. It also determines what you do and how you think. It's much more productive to choose powerful words to finish your "I am" statement. What words did Prince leave behind as his legacy? These three come to mind for me.
Choose to be inspired by Prince's life rather than sad about his passing. Stop living the life you dream about through Prince's songs and begin to deliberately create and live a better than average life. We tend to think that celebrities like Prince and Michael Jackson were the only ones who inspire people through their ability to entertain the masses. However, there are hundreds of thousands of singers who are just as talented but go unnoticed. What's the difference? Is it that they don't push themselves to be more and do more with their talents? Is it because they don't think to use their gift as a contribution to the world, so they play small with it? You must define your truth by choosing three or four words that you want to describe who you are to yourself and others. Choose characteristics and personality traits that naturally generate pride. Select personality traits like caring, devoted, driven, compassionate, helpful. Living your life in congruence with what you feel is worthy of pride and holding yourself to that standard; making that your absolute truth - removes any suggestion of arrogance. It will be evident that you are living to inspire by being the best you that is possible.
The ability to inspire other people is a skill very few people develop because they don't know they can. It's not a talent in of itself nor is it dependant on any particular innate ability. It's a skill that you can develop no matter if you're a customer service agent or a singer, a bank teller or an actor. You have the ability to inspire someone by contributing to the world you live in. How so? By being the best you that you can possibly be.
You have the ability to inspire someone by contributing to the world you live in. How so? By being the best you that you can possibly be.
Choose to be grateful that your lifetime experienced one of the few people who personified music.
Be grateful he created enough beautiful music to help us get through this thing called life which means forever and that's a mighty long time!
Choose to celebrate that Prince made it to that "something else" he told us about:
The after world.
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night.
Whatever your personal beliefs about religion or spirituality, have faith that Prince is where he wants to be now; at peace.
Choose to honor Prince the best you can by being Better Than Average at whatever it is you do.
I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. The lessons I've learned from the experiences I've been through and the challenges I've conquered have helped me develop a philosophy that life is meant to be lived at a level better than average.