Not everyone understands why others mourn the loss of celebrities they never met. They don’t have to.
Not everyone was a fan of Prince. Some have gone so far as to question the Christianity of those who mourn the loss of someone who was “such a heathen.” Definitely not Christian-like to judge others.
Not everyone cares about his passing. And that is okay…
If there is one lesson I think we have all learned from Prince, including those who abhorred his very existence, it’s that it is okay to not be liked by everyone…for everyone to not like your message… for everyone to not like your delivery…
It is okay for everyone to not agree with the path you choose…for everyone to not like your nonchalant demeanor in the face of criticism…for everyone to not like how you keep it moving with confidence that you are living life exactly the way it was meant for you to live it…
Are you living your life exactly the way it was meant to be lived or have you allowed yourself to remain in a box? Has it become your norm to simply comply even though it goes against every single thing you believe to be genuine? Have you found your purpose and are the actions you take daily in alignment with blessing others with the gifts you have been blessed with?
What exactly does this have to do with working from home?
I could sit here and write another 1,000 words about the connection that exists between the lessons I learned from Prince and my commitment to working from home…to not boxing myself into a corner office to earn 6 figures by working 55+ hours each week and neglecting my children…to identifying what makes me tick and giving it my all from an employment, professional development, and coaching perspective…
I could, but I won’t.
Because Prince taught me that I don’t have to conform. Yes, there are some who believe that the most effective blog posts are 1,500 words with bullets and headings. I’ve watched Prince’s interviews over the years and if I learned nothing else, I learned the importance of being concise. He knew how to communicate outside of the guidelines. Who else changes their name to a symbol that can’t be pronounced??
Forget the box. Your freedom and balance couldn’t possibly exist in that box.
Find your purpose. Find that thing that makes you look forward to jumping out of bed on Monday mornings. Go hard to get it.
Less is sometimes more. I’m a huge proponent of hustling hard in silence. Share what you want with others, not necessarily what you think others expect you to share.
What life or business lessons, if any, have you learned from the life of this legend who has left us far too soon? Share with all of us in the Comment section below.
(June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)