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Adele Should Be Everyone’s Best Friend and Role Model!

Adele Should Be Everyone’s Best Friend and Role Model!

Adele is by far one of the most iconic singers/songwriters of our generation, and in characteristic Adele-style, her new hit single ‘Hello’ has skyrocketed to the top of every chart imaginable. Her incredible success and personal drive is an inspiration to many the world around – but what is it that makes Adele so special? We’ve put together some of our top reasons as to why she’s so incredible.

She Makes the Most of Her Talent

Adele is unequivocally talented. There are just simply no two ways to say this. Her songwriting and singing abilities are phenomenal, and she continues to blow us all away with her ability to connect with the raw emotion of the human condition.

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She Always Stays Humble

While Adele is undeniably talented, she’s also incredibly humble about her accomplishments. It takes a big person to be willing to humble themselves – especially as their fame continues to snowball and grow at the rate Adele is experiencing.

She Does Follow Anyone’s Marketing Plan

How on earth is ‘Hello’ so instantaneously famous? Literally overnight, Adele has managed to skyrocket a song and accompanying music video in an industry that’s ridiculously saturated to begin with. How — you may ask? The answer is simple. Despite her age, she’s actually a certifiable marketing genius. By creating the appearance of scarcity in her music, she’s encouraged her fans to naturally love her music – much like some of the best artists, performers and comedians have been doing for years (Jimmy Fallon comes to mind!)

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She Taps Into People’s Hearts

Without a doubt, Adele’s music appeals to a very human part of our being. Aside from just having catchy lyrics or singing about her personal life, Adele has also managed to imbue her music with the raw emotion that she undoubtedly feels.  Her songs feel authentic and honest, and that makes us each want to connect with her on a deeper level!

She Has Her Own Glamour

She’s indredibly glamorous. Just look at her! No matter what she is wearing, she seems to crush it every time, all while maintaining the characteristic poise and charm that she’s known for around the world.

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She Never Let’s Her Age Show

Adele is only 27 years old! Not only is her success even more unparalleled because of her youth, we can all be excited in the fact that we will be able to continue listening to her music for years and years to come! Her youth, combined with her lack of a typical ‘celebrity’ party lifestyle means that she is unlikely to die of unnatural causes – people appreciate her wholesomeness.

She Stays Down to Earth

Adele is real – she’s not an out-of-touch, unrealistic supermodel or a silver-spoon born baby with a chip on her shoulder, she represents reality, and that makes her relatable. People can project their hopes and goals onto her, because if someone so normal and down-to-earth can succeed – anyone can!

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She’s Out of the Ordinary

While Adele is perfectly normal and relatable, she’s also a cut above the rest – as far as artists are concerned. While so many other popular music creators are fixated on the superficial things (we’re all looking at you Miley Cyrus), Adele focuses on what matters – which is her music,

She’s Passionate

Above and beyond all, Adele is incredibly passionate about the music she produces, the fan relationships she forms, and the purity of her passion bleeds through into her every action, interaction, goal and choice. People respond well to passion, and it’s something that should be considered by anyone reading this – if you have the opportunity to, you should engage your business or career with the same passion that Adele has. Pour your heart and soul into whatever it is that you enjoy doing, and people will respond.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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