Dream Realization: Wisdom and Insights From Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas

July 25, 2012

A Day In The Life: Will.i.am

There’s a new series I found on Hulu called A Day In The Life. Their first episode showcases a day in the life of billionaire Richard Branson.

So far, I’ve only watched Richard Branson, Girl Talk, Will.i.am and Timothy Ferriss. Besides offering a glimpse into each of their lives, there are some good nuggets of wisdom i take away from. Even if it’s not something they said, it could be how they go about doing things, how they interact with others, their mannerisms, etc. The shows are disappointingly short – less than 25 minutes long.

In series one, episode 3, they follow around Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame.

Will.i.am seems quite grounded and humble in his success which he has worked long and hard at. The show catches up with him while the Peas are performing in Paris. In the car, he is amazed at how once upon a time it was all just in his head and now 10s of 1000s of people are waiting to hear them play.

He also expressed qualities that helped him get to where he is today:

  • Dedication
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Passion for his craft
  • Thick skin – have had to endure a whole bunch, heart broken, screwed in business deals, etc. But through all that learning to turn those negatives into positives.

Finally, he says why he was able to accomplish these things is due to his close friends who trust and support each other. Having good people around you is one of the cardinal rules to reach your goals.

Leadership | Review of Tribes by Seth Godin

A buddy of mine recommended the book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin so I grabbed a copy and just finished it this weekend.

An easy read, it offers some real life examples of all kinds of people leading a tribe, big or small and what sort of person makes a leader [hint – all kinds].

While reading this book, I was reminded of this quote:

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness after the fact than to ask for permission first.

He offers some food for thought, of which I’ll mention a few bites here. . .

Here’s most people:

“Isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do fifty weeks a year? . . .”

Life’s too short.  You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful.  Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.:

We have an OBLIGATION.

Don’t settle.Living in places like America, we have so many advantages, resources, opportunity and ability to build momentum.  Yet too many of us settle for mediocrity and maintain the status quo out of ignorance and fear.  The world is going through a shift and transfer of wealth and power – if you aren’t stepping up yet, now is the time.

The last morsel I’ll share pertains to the challenge of leading.  This is why passion and commitment is so important to lead successfully.

Once you chose to lead, you will  be under tremendous pressure to rethink your choice, to make compromises, to dumb it down, or to just plain give up. That’s the world’s job – to shut you up and be a good sheepwalker.  That’s why it’s called the status quo.

Good book – I encourage you to read it yourself. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us