by Imakando Musho
Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity of spending most of my time with two superstars from my home country who have made exceptional achievement s in both their careers and their personal lives both having left lasting marks on the Zimbabwean entertainment industry.
One made her mark as the first person to be invited in a regional talent show where she did exceptionally well whilst the other was the front man of a Hip Hop band that broke the tradition of an audience used to traditional music and American RnB.
As I have separately spent time with the two of them, I have noticed similarities in how they handle their business, their attitudes towards what they do. I have growingly become convinced that this is the secret to their success.
My conviction was further supported by the numerous interviews, articles and biographies I have read of exceptional superstars from business, technology, leadership and entertainment. I therefore decided to put together the characteristics that I found common to superstars that we can all use to enhance our lives and live our best lives.
1. Hard Work
The one thing that is most common with superstars is their obsession with hard work. Taking action yields results but extra effort yields exceptional results. Superstars push themselves constantly seeking new ways of innovation.
They work for hours at ends taking as little rest as possible until a task is finished. And when we now see the work it seems as if it was an easy task yet there were numerous hours put in to bring out the product
Superstars are driven by passion for what they do. I would define passion as a deep love for something that one does. Steve Jobs had a deep love for technology and constantly found innovative ways to transform and challenge the boundaries that had previously been set. Robin Sharma has a deep passion for self help and helping leaders around the globe become their best.
My two friends are passionate about music that there probably is no life for them. Passion allows you to focus on one thing and when that happens, you grow and become the best at what you do.
3. No Compromise on quality.
The difference between superstars and the average man is their insistence on quality work. While most non achievers compromised on quality, superstars expect the best quality in whatever they do even If that would take in more money, time or as mentioned above, a little extra work.
You can deliver what you presume to be your best idea or product into which you put in your most exceptional effort yet if it doesn’t live up to their standards, your work is unacceptable. There is no consideration whether you are a friend, family or the best at what you do; quality is not a compromise.
4. Constant reinvention
Superstars do well understand that the times change and that they change fast. Madonna, Cher and Bon Jovi are the best example of reinvention. They have remained relevant to different generations. One of the things average people fail to do is failure to move with the times.
During the infamous decade long Zimbabwean recession many businesses folded not because the economy was difficult but because they failed to devise new ways of keeping relevant in that time.
Those that changed their ways to fit in the difficult times remained relevant sometimes recording profits. Superstars understand that the world is constantly shifting and therefore the old way of life has to be challenged, alas, without changing losing our principles.
Because superstars are constantly trying to reinvent themselves, they become natural students, learning everything that comes their way but taking that which is necessary to the growth and agrees with their belief.
They understand that although they are at the top, they have not mastered everything and do not see everything the way it is supposed.
They are adverse readers reading on diverse topics and have constant sessions with market leaders, spiritual gurus and trends analysts seeking ways in which they can push boundaries and be the best at what they do.
Humility is the root of teachability. Most superstars I have had the opportunity to be acquainted with are humble. Although they may present themselves as otherwise in the public for commercial and privacy purposes, their friends and family will testify otherwise.
I have watched my friend bring the house down with her exhilarating performances and yet as soon as she was of the stage she still remained humble using words such as ‘please’, ‘may’, and being as considerate as she could to the technical staff. Mesmerized, I asked her why the humility and she said something that made me think.
‘The people around me know what I have but if I rub it in their faces, they will leave and these are the very people who keep me grounded lest I lose myself in my success.’ These lessons can be applied by anyone who wants to become a major force in whatever business they are involved in, at whatever discipline they want and I believe they are principles that can be applied by anyone who is starting and hoping to make it big or one who is already there but still wants to remain the best at what they do. Live your best life now Imakando Musho
—- Imakando Musho is the founder of the ArchAngel Foundation, A non profit organization that is committed o fighting poverty in rural and urban Zimbabwe. He is a passionate about theater, music and motivating others to give their lives a meaning. He Blogs here: Giving Life a Meaning yo can also follow Imakando Musho on Twitter