This is a short story about owning your power. In 1980 I saw The Pretenders play at a little club in Boston. The first record was still an import and no one really knew what they were about. A ton of new bands came out that year: U2, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Police on and on. At the club, after the warm up band cleared out, the house announcer comes on and says something like “Lets give a big welcome to The Pretenders”. To which Chrissie Hynde grabs the mic and snarls ” That’s Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders”. The band storms into Precious and we go wild.
That was 3 lifetimes ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Half that band died within 2 years, but Chrissie kept rocking. She was on a mission and she was not going to be stopped. It reminds me of what some of my young surfer friends say “Go big or don’t go at all”. I mean really, what is the most regretable thing a person can do in their lifetime: to go small and not claim their power, not really reach for it. Its what we don’t try that we regret most, not what we fail at.
When I am looking for models, what I want is fearlessness. I have had the honor of working with some amazing talents. What they all have in common is a williness to do anything, to fail, to look bad, to fall. These are the people that attract me. These are the subjects the thrill me.
I had that fearlessness when I was 19. I still have it now. I am blessed with being able to forget what is not possible. When people work with me they almost always say 2 things: how relaxed things are and how enthusiastic I am. This is after 35 years of doing what I do. To everyone out there today, this is what I wish for you. To stay the course of your mission and to go big every chance you get.