Rock and roll royalty descended upon Cleveland in April for the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Six legendary acts were inducted into the Rock Hall: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered to cheer on their favorite artists or tuned in to watch the Rock Hall’s first-ever red carpet live stream. Inductees, presenters and performers took to the red carpet and revealed stories that can serve as valuable lessons. Here are a few takeaways that can help you personally and professionally.
Be a rule breaker. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard paid tribute to the godmother of rock n’ roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, during the ceremony. On the red carpet, she stated that Sister Rosetta broke all the rules and that’s what makes life more interesting. That’s rock and roll. Rules are not static, they evolve and evolution is driven by rule breakers. Go ahead and break the rules a little.
Find your “holy shit” moment. The crowd went wild when Bon Jovi stepped onto the red carpet. He spoke about his 35 years of “holy shit” moments and how being inducted was one of them. Richie Sambora jested that if someone told him when he was growing up that any of this was happening, he wouldn’t believe them. Enjoy these moments in life, but learn something from them too. Recognize the impact they have, and let new ideas grow so that it’s not a short-lived flash of success.
Don’t wish for it, work for it. As Dire Straits took the red carpet they shared that timing is important to success, but you also must have a good song and a good band or it’s not going to work. Hard work only works as hard as you do. At the end of the day, it’s about working hard on the right things. Remember, it’s not hard work when you are doing something you love.
Foster innovation through diverse workgroups. The Cars were pioneers and ahead of many people with their sound. Elliot Easton once said, “The five of us is not an obvious line up. It’s not like you’d say, oh yeah, obviously these five guys are going to form a band together. We were from all different parts of the country and we all brought different influences into the group. We had things that overlapped. We all loved certain things in common, of course. But then each of us in our own way also liked things that maybe the other guys weren’t familiar with or that were unique to that one person, and said hey, check this out.” Collaboration is an innovative feat that can illustrate the power of taking diverse ideas and creating something new.
Find your inspiration. Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, used her powerful voice to connect with people. Andra Day noted on the red carpet that Simone was one of the biggest inspirations in how and why she does music. We often find growth when we identify role models that do the things we aspire to do. Many great ideas and plans come from observing our heroes.
Keep it positive. Red carpet host, Carrie Keagan, reflected with The Moody Blues about how there is something magical about being in this business for 50 years and still having such a positive attitude and appreciation for fans. It’s important not to get caught up in the negatives and to take time each day to reflect on the positive things that happened.
While we may not all sell millions of albums and perform at sold out concerts, we can be rock stars in our careers. Take a moment on this Monday to think about what insights you came across and how you can apply them to your life and career.