My wife, Jane and I attended the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. last year. The show was amazing and the music was awesome.
As we spent a few days in Nashville and talked with people, one of the things that stuck in my mind after we returned home was the attitude and spirit of the aspiring musicians who are trying to make it big and end up on the same stage as the stars we saw win CMA awards.
Long before Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were hosting the CMAs and enjoying incredible careers, they were out on the road in small clubs or rehearsing in a garage with no adoring fans watching. They had to practice and hone their skills and talent until they were great. They knew what it would take to make it and their efforts paid off eventually. It didn’t happen overnight and they operated with great faith. Now, they are icons in the music industry.
I’m quite sure that every star faces opposition. People say you can’t do it. They probably even questioned themselves at some point. It is hard to block out the critics and not letting it hinder you as an artist. Hey, with all the social media these days it is even tougher not to get bogged down by naysayers. It can lead to bad motion and keep you distracted from doing what you know you have to DO.
Even when you make it, you have to remember how you made it and keep doing it over and over.
I made it a point to watch these young artists and how they carried themselves. Most of them are fighting just to pay their bills each month. Many of them have been told they can’t make it by people that are family and friends. Some quit and get “real jobs.” Then, there are the ones that keep working and don’t listen to the outside negative noise. I noticed the drive and dreams they have and I see how hard they are pushing to make it happen. They are all in. They are fully committed.
They want to leave a lasting legacy.
Human beings naturally want approval from others. Sometimes, however, you can’t worry about what other people think. You have to do what is best for you even when you don’t want to.
That’s what it takes to reach your goals and dreams. Some of the small clubs in this town have been the stepping stone for musicians who are now considered legends. They rose up the ranks from places like the Bluebird Café all the way to the Grand Ole Opry. The people that have that fire and make it big is a small club. The greatest don’t rest when they make it either. They keep working and improving. That’s the ultimate goal. To keep going when others would give up or be content with what they’ve done. That’s how you leave a legacy.
When it is all said and done, I want people to remember us. I want people to talk about the great things we did during our time on Earth. You have to leave a big footprint. You have to make a big impact. You have to change lives so they keep saying your name for generations to come. You don’t do that by playing small.
We will expect ourselves do big things and we will hold others accountable to that same standard. We will give 100 percent, and we will expect 100 percent in return. We will be nice about it, but we are playing to win big. We are not going to criticize people that fall short of that 100 percent, but we will not waste time, energy and efforts on those that are not committed. We will keep looking for people that have that hunger and desire to do great things in life. They are out there, but we have to actively find them. The right focus, attitude and discipline is what we are looking for in people. It is that type of person that will bring unity to the team and help us reach the next level as a company and individuals.
People that understand it is all for one common cause and mission are the kind of people we want on our team. We find them and give it everything we got until we are just like the legends of country music. I’m talking about people that have been dead and gone for years, but people still request to hear their songs. We want to make such an impact that people will be talking about us 30 years from now.
I want to be legendary, I want YOU to be legendary and I want our team to be legendary so that we leave a legacy for the next several generations.