What do they have in common, and what can we learn from them?
One of my favourite past times of late of enjoying watching music videos with my little boy – he’ll be two this November. Most mornings I make a special effort to stay at home rather than rushing in to work, as this affords me some quality time with my son and the time I need to ensure my own needs are met (that time with my son being one of those needs). I’m usually lucky enough to get his undivided attention for 20-30 minutes, where we sit together on the sofa in our living room, him on my knee, watching an assortment of music videos. I have to say, even at two, he has some good taste!
His favourite band to watch is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with his favourite song at the moment being ‘Can’t Stop’. But why is this important, you may be asking yourself. Well, it’s important because through many mornings spent watching video after video by the same band, something became increasingly obvious to me – an important lesson demonstrated perfectly by this band.
Enter Sir Richard Branson.
Over the past 12 months I have been devouring books like they’re going out of fashion; all non-fiction and all of them devoted to personal improvement and business. Through doing so, I have read two of Richard’s Books, thoroughly enjoyed both and have become a big fan of him and the way he does business.
So, what is the answer to the question posited at the start of this blog entry, the connection between a pioneering businessman and one of the best and most influential bands in modern history? Fun.
When Sir Richard is considering options for investments or new business ideas, one of his prerequisites is to ask the question, ‘does this sound fun?’. What an excellent question! You see, in business and in all areas of life, it is of paramount importance that EVERYTHING we do is fun. We have to be oozing passion for everything we undertake in life in order for our endeavours to be a success. If you chase money, you’ll be miserable and unfulfilled – money is the evil demon in the corner that tries to steal your attention in this day and age, but it is a mirage; a blood sucking spectre that will suck the very life from you if you let it.
Instead, we must focus on our passions – those things that we would die for in life.
This is where the true value lies in our existence. It is why Richard and others like him are so successful – it was never about the money, it was about realising the passion in their dreams, regardless of the price. When you focus on your passion, your fun, money will always follow. If you love what you do, you don’t need to worry about being wealthy in every sense of the word.
Watching these music videos each morning with my son perfectly epitomised that for me, as every video RHCP have made is overflowing with fun; it’s around every corner. From the video game style of ‘Californication’, through using faux power lines as bass strings in ‘Otherside’, to singing down a yellow tube and jumping around like happy fools in ‘Can’t Stop’, this important lesson awaits to smack you in the face. There are loads of their videos out there that demonstrate the bands passion for fun, and I think this has been pivotal in their success and their ability to resonate with their fans worldwide.
Make sure you follow your passions in life, and always have fun doing so. Lift others whilst lifting yourself. Laugh often, and laugh hard. Be beautiful.
Both Sir Richard, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers should be an inspiration to us all for displaying and embodying these very qualities.