Hopefully, you can tell by now I’m obsessed with anyone and anything committed to disrupting the universe. So when I got the chance to attend the Revolt Music Conference, created by Hip Hop Mogul Sean Diddy Combs, I jumped at the opportunity. Of course, I’m not looking to break into the music industry. But I believe that you should attend events outside of your industry to expand your horizons and create opportunities for yourself.
Any who, during the Ask Diddy Q&A segment, a woman asked Diddy a question regarding how the music industry selects artists. “I know people who are a much better singer than Beyonce,” said the attendee. “Why aren’t people giving them a chance?” Ugh not this again, was my immediate thought. Secondly, this is a loaded question. People will forever debate about Queen Bee’s talent as a singer. Just like they will debate over Kevin Hart’s talent as a comedian or President Obama’s experience as the President of the United States. But the one thing you can’t take away from these individuals is the sacrifice and time they put in to get where they are.
I hear this “comment/question” often and it really irks the heck out of me.Because the reality is, many times people are looking for a short-cut, a secret sauce, a hook-up, etc. And while there are instances that people do get a jump-start to success. I really don’t believe in luck. The Roman philosopher, Seneca, said it best, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
So let’s face it, there are those of us, who start something and fail, then run back to our comfort zones. And then there are others, who don’t even start. I spend a lot of time researching and interviewing some of the world’s most successful people in business, and the one thing they all have in common is a long arduous journey. Success is often a cocktail of chaos, with a splash of sacrifice, failure and hard work. And while I’m not a die-hard member of the Beehive, I stand for Beyonce simply because the girl is one of the hardest workers in the industry right now.
Be honest with yourself. How much time have you committed to accomplishing your goals? Have you failed yet? Because failure is a necessary part of the journey. In fact, you’ll fail a lot. More importantly, what are you willing to sacrifice to accomplish your goals? Are you really prepared for the opportunity? And on top of everything, let’s stop comparing people. Being different makes the world go round. We don’t need another Beyonce. Just like we don’t need another Steve Jobs. The energy that you’re taking to look and compare everyone else’s journey is taking away from the effort you should be putting into building your dreams.
You can also check out my full Revolt TV Music Conference recap on Black Enterprise.com.