What it takes to be a legend and leave a legacy

https://a02a41c004c75ffe8d91-b19a28bfebdacc37eb56f25bc81c2f2f.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/audio/andyalbright/08-Legacy.mp3   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...

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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.

What it takes to be a legend and leave a legacy

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.

  1. Lucy
    April 4, 2016 at 7:33 am


  2. Patrick Connors
    Patrick Connors
    April 4, 2016 at 7:38 am

    “We will be nice about it…but we will not waste time, energy and efforts on those that are not committed.”

    My fave line of this blog. The “be nice” part is fun, the “productive resources with productive people” part is harder for me. I can fool myself into investing in people for who they ARE or who I believe they CAN BE, but Andy gives me a great example to follow. He says “what people DO is who they are!”

    He’s always drawing me in (he’s nice), but when I’m giving less than I can, he puts his productive resources elsewhere. And I love that about him–he has invited ALL of us to join him in building something great. The choice is mine to Join him.

  3. Coach Paul Monroe Ga
    Coach Paul Monroe Ga
    April 4, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Let’s go get us some
    I’m pumped!
    Coach Paul

  4. Ryan Tiano
    Ryan Tiano
    April 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Be the Agent I’m looking for!

    Be the leader I’m looking for!

    Thanks Andy

  5. Dana Bassett
    Dana Bassett
    April 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

    The RIGHT…..

    Keep pressing on no matter what others say!!!


  6. Russ Dierenfeldt
    Russ Dierenfeldt
    April 4, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love it! Having people remember me for what I did in this life is what I want. Be nice and work with those who are all in.

  7. Matthew Sullivan
    Matthew Sullivan
    April 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I love the fire you guys are building, Andy. When I first heard about NAA I was about dead inside. When I hear you and other leaders speak and write, I feel alive again, like there’s hope. There’s that dreamer part of me I had as a kid and I feel that ignite when I’m around this kind of energy. I’ve been struggling with clinical depression and social anxiety for a long time, but when I’m reading, listening, and associating it does more for me than counseling and medication ever has. I love you Andy, and I am eternally grateful for this organization you helped create. I hope to see you soon. I’ll be saving up for air fare and hotel money to visit you in Burlington.

  8. Denise King
    Denise King
    April 7, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Watching what successful people do! Andy and Jane, you have put together an amazing platform for others to succeed. It’s obvious you care about more than yourselves. I am so grateful to be a part of this team. #taking it to the next level #thanks a billion!

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