Can you handle the pressure of fame? Sure, you got talent, and you feel up to your bones that Lady Luck is on your side. But these are not enough to make you a success.
We all know that being famous is not the “end all, be all” of your career. We have seen great musicians crumble down at the height of their success. You might say, if I have that life, I would never make a mistake of ruining it. Let us not be quick to judge here. What I am trying to say is that your success is not complete if you do not have the strength of mind and heart to be on top it. You need to have the values to harness that success to be a positive energy in your life and others.
I think every dream come from passion. Your passion drives you to what you want in life. Talent can only get you half-way to your dreams if you do not partner it with passion. Sometimes, even without talent, your passion can take you to your goals.
We have seen people who are not naturally talented but are very passionate about the things that they want in life. In the end, they become the best in their field, not because of talent but only because of their grit and constant self-improvement.
Your values can spell whether success will make or break you. It is unfortunate to lose famous celebrities because of drugs and depression. They say it could get lonely on top. But that will not be the case if you have the right values in place.
Humility is the first in my list. It is not unusual for a person to beam with pride in their accomplishments, but too much air is a major turn-off. People appreciate being down-to-earth. It keeps your head from getting too big to appreciate that everything you have is not from your effort. The people behind you placed you there, and humility reminds you of that fact.
Discipline is also an important factor in an artist life. Knowing what is right for your and sticking to it will keep you from making wrong decisions in your career. You will be in a circle of famous people doing important people stuff, and they are not always the right thing. So you need to have a clear head and the discipline to stay on track of your goals and keep yourself away from anything that will harm you in the end.
Confidence is also confused as arrogance. You should know the difference. For me, the main difference between arrogance and confidence is in the way you project your talents. If you are overstating your skills, talking about it even when no one is asking, that could be a sign of arrogance.
Confidence, on the other hand, means being comfortable in your skin. It is accepting your flaws and generously sharing your talents. Arrogant people want constant recognition. They live for it. Confident people, on the other hand, doesn’t need any attention. They are just happy being themselves without stepping on anyone’s shoes.
That said, I hope that you will also invest some time in strengthening your core values in life. It is going to be your compass as you make your way to the top. Try to define your meaning of success so that you will be ready when you get there.