So what does it take to be amazing, world-class, and passionate with the work you do? First, you have to be doing work that matters to you. It doesn’t have to be important to everyone, but it better be important to you. Nothing dumbs down and dampens creativity like wasting it in the pursuit of mediocrity. Attempt epic things that are so intoxicating they pull you toward them. It may or may not be work that changes the world, but it better change your state. It should bring you joy, ignite your passion, or bring you harmony.
I had the honor of dining with one of my heroes, legendary tenor Placido Domingo. Of course, he’s one of the greatest artists of all time, a brilliant conductor, a worldwide icon, and the recipient of a dozen Grammys. But there’s one thing about him I find most fascinating…
Most opera singers at a world-class level like Placido are known for a few signature roles. They find the ones that best match their language, style, and vocal range. Then they spend the rest of their career, making the circuit of the various opera houses around the world, sticking to the three or four roles they’re famous for.
Placido doesn’t perform four. He performs 134.
This is simply unheard of for someone operating at his level. So I asked him what drove him to do that. Did he get bored with being safe? Does he do it because he seeks the challenge? His answer was surprising.
“It’s nothing to do with challenge,” he replied in a voice as lyrical speaking as it is singing. “I have passion for the music. And even if I lived three lifetimes, I could never perform all the music I love!”
When you have the same joyfulness to bring your product to market, launch your new venture, or create the next breakthrough concept, you’ll power your own creativity.
Randy is the author of nine international bestsellers on success, including, Risky Is the New Safe. He’s currently on sabbatical, writing his next book, but posts occasionally here. If you find these postcards helpful, please share them.