Being brave means putting yourself out there for the whole world to see, knowing full well there will be people who love you, those that don’t care about you, and those that despise you. Play to the first.
Being brave means approaching your work with deeper thought, bigger commitment, higher goals, and more enthusiasm than people think is reasonable. Also, be funny. Being a really funny person can be awkward, but oh so necessary.
But don’t be all of one, or all the other. Be a nice balance of both.
It’s time for a complete 180 degree turn from the jungle jeff “seriousness”. It’s time for complete nonsense and a laugh or two. You good with that?
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Humans were born with certain predispositions. Laughing is near the top of everyone’s list.
Love or hate American Idol, it doesn’t matter to me. I love it for a few compelling reasons, which aren’t listed here. And what started my loyalty to the show was Simon Cowell’s “brutal honesty”.
If for no other reason, we tuned in week after week to watch him be honest. It was a time when I really needed a role model for “brutal honesty”. Was desperate for it myself and didn’t know how to get it.
So, by watching Simon, we got to see the power – the magic – of brutal honesty.
I actually saw watching American Idol as leadership training. Most others saw it as entertainment.
Brutal honest is essential for world-class results. You could see in the contestant’s eyes, and their body language that Simon’s feedback was the most important of all.
Even if it hurt.
These people were trying to be the best in the world. The next ‘common person’ to sell millions of songs. Millions. Can you comprehend that?
Simon would say what everyone else was thinking but no one had the guts to say. This intrigued me. This motivated me. It also made me laugh.