I don’t own a TV but within minutes of Lady Gaga’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday, my social media was plastered with updates raving about it.
Then I watched it myself and goosebumps danced on my skin for the entirety of those fifteen minutes.
If anyone knows how to own a stage, it’s Lady Gaga. Her voice, her no-holds-barred attitude and her irrepressible brilliance made for a truly stunning presentation.
I couldn’t help but see some lessons there for us entrepreneurs and leaders. Here are three:
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Lesson #1: Practice practice practice
Gaga was on stage for a total of 15.4 seconds. But in order to get the gig in the first place AND to perfect that performance, she’s spent most of her adult life practicing. This sounds deceptively simple but focusing on and honing our art should always be a priority.
Often we’re advised to dedicate our time, energy and resources towards marketing our services. There’s truth to that. Most women undersell and undercharge. However, to reach a certain level of recognition you have to be exceptionally good at what you do. If you’re a blogger, the daily discipline of writing everyday can easily set you part. If you’re a coach, learning how to create breakthroughs for your clients every single time can propel you forward faster. In a sea of mediocrity, it is practice that cultivates greatness.
Lesson #2: Take risks
For the grand finale, Gaga climbed on top of a bleacher (about 10 feet from the ground), dropped her mic (of course) as a man threw a silver ball at her. As soon as she caught it, she jumped into the misty ground below. Boom. Show over.
I watched this segment, cringing and thinking of everything that could’ve gone wrong. It could’ve backfired terribly if:
1. she dropped the mic clumsily
2. she couldn’t catch the ball
3. she stumbled while jumping
Granted, she practiced to perfect this but there’s still a risk inherent in something you can’t control.
High risk. High reward.
Gaga decided to perform a risky finale because of the rewards of getting it right: the buzz, the accolades, the memorability of the moment. All worth it.
Lesson #3: You do you
Pardon my French, but Gaga doesn’t give a flying f*ck about conforming to standards. Her costumes are audacious, her political opinions are loud and unapologetic, her story of surviving sexual assault is well known. Gaga’s willingness to bring her allness into the world is a spiritual act that can be explained with this quote:
Rumi says ‘What you seek is also seeking you’.
When we are willing to unleash the electricity of our allness into the world, everyone who shares the same electric charge with us, gets electrified with that current. There is something very energetic and spiritual about this phenomenon and we got to witness it on Sunday, as millions felt touched, inspired and elevated from her Lady Gaga-ness.
My invitation to you:
Which of these lessons had the most resonance? Pick one and commit to taking action on it this week.
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