Thursday, July 21, 2011

Like Frankie Said, I Did It My Way

I love movies. I love music. And as a child of the 80's I enjoy listening to Bon Jovi. They are still great even after all these years and their new music is just as good as some of their classic stuff. Fortunately they got rid of the big hair, spandex leggings, and fur coats while performing on stage (well most of them did anyway).

They released the song "It's My Life" in 2000. And it became a stadium anthem and is still a serious piece of rock music even today (even though it never hit the top 10 in the US).

But I find depth and meaning in the lyrics that is beyond the superficial of just a killer music track and I use this song as an energy boost when I'm struggling with building my business.

And I hope I'm not infringing on any copyright or anything by discussing this song here.

"I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd"

I've decided that I'm going to be noticed. I am going to make a difference. I am going to win not just be an also-ran.

There is very little notoriety in the Iron Man marathon for the guys who stay in the middle or back of the pack.

People who perform at an average level in baseball, are not picked for the All-Star team and do not get inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"This is for the one's who stood their ground"

They are talking about Tommy & Gina, the two lovebirds from their classic 80s hit "Living On A Prayer." But they could be talking about anyone who stood firm in the face of adversity.

They could have been talking about Fred Smith, founder of FedEx who was told his concept for a small package delivery service was a bad idea.

They could have been talking about Abraham Lincoln, who failed numerous times in several areas, but is regarded as one of our nation's most influential leaders.

They could have been talking about me and my wife who had to face not one but two health challenges with our oldest daughter before the age of 5.

"It's now or never, 'cause I ain't gonna live forever."

Stop waiting for the "timing to get right" before you attempt to do something great with your life. The timing will never be right. Circumstances will never be perfect. If anything the circumstances you find yourself in will likely be a "perfect storm."

So many people take the Ready/Aim/Fire metaphor way too far. For most people it's more like Ready - Ready - Aim - Ready - Aim - Ready - Ready - Ready - Aim - Wait where's the bullets? And then they die of old age waiting for something to happen.

You need to be more like the guy who goes Aim - Fire - Ready. Find your target, shoot for it, then worry about figuring out all the little details along the way.

So if you don't have this song on your iPod or MP3 player, I highly recommend getting it. The official music video is pretty cool too (51 million views on YouTube can't be wrong).

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