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How to Get What You Want

August 22, 2014

Photo courtesy of Evelyn Giggles

Just because it’s easier and more comforting to go with the flow doesn’t mean that it’s the best way to do things. In fact, it’s usually not the best way to do things.

Happiness, freedom, and success come when you trust your own sense of authority and make your own rules. And that can be a bitch, because not only will it upset your comfort zone, it upsets the comfort zones of other people as well.

That’s a small price to pay for happniess, freedom, and success though.

So many people miss the boat because they’re trying to play the same game as others. They don’t trust their own instincts.

Let me give you a music business example…

Did you know Meat Loaf was signed to Motown in 1970?

That would have been a good idea for a soul artist!

But Meat Loaf isn’t a “soul” artist. He’s much more intense than smooth. He’s the type who cries when he sees a greeting card commercial and throws tantrums when he doesn’t get his way. He’s a “rock opera” singer who will jump into the audience and kick your ass if you taunt him.

His Motown album tanked.

On the other hand, his album Bat Out of Hell has sold 43,000,000 copies.

Bat Out of Hell is an intense album. It’s Meat Loaf in audio form.

In 1993, while looking back on Bat Out of Hell album, his partner on the project, John Steinman, said it was “timeless in that it didn’t fit into any trend.”

And it still hasn’t been part of any trend.

“It’s never been a part of what’s going on,” Steinman said. “You could release that record at any time and it would be out of place.”

Every person has his own version of this, yet very few have the balls to actually do it.

It’s easy to follow the path of somebody else. And once you’re on it, it can be tough to go against the masses and walk away. Acknowledge that, then do it anyway. It’s the only way you’ll get what you want.

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Every Friday, I give tips on how to build the foundation needed to have a successful business and platformSee other posts in this series here and, if you have a request for me to cover something specific, let me know via Twitter.

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