One of my favorite interviews recently was with hip hop mogul T-Pain. T-Pain conveyed his philosophy on life and following your dreams that really hit home with me. T-Pain stated, “I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. Most people who grow up in Tallahassee never leave but I was determined to make it. I went outside my comfort zone and made it happen.” T-Pain’s vision and unique style quickly launched him to the top of the Billboard charts. After a few months on the scene, T-Pain was a Gold and Platinum selling artist. Though T-Pain has amazing talent, his values still hold true to everybody.
I think a lot of us, myself included, get so bogged down in our day to day lives that we start to feel content. We decide that where we are and what we have accomplished is good enough. Unfortunately, we forget our inner child (that little guy or girl that wanted to reach for the stars and become amazing) and become happy with mediocrity. We are simply content with being ok at what we do. T-Pain made me realize that to truly achieve success, we need to never rest on our laurels. We need to constantly grow and always strive to be better than we were the day before. When we are content, our competitors over come us.
T-Pain’s final words will continue to ring true for me, “You don’t have to get approval from anybody. Do what you want to do. Don’t try to be anyone else. Do what you want to do! If I had listened to everyone who was giving me advice, I wouldn’t be here right now.” From now on I am going to have a new philosophy, “Better every day.” I want to take pride in everything I do an continue to grow both personally and professionally. Thank you T-Pain for helping me see the light!