As David Bowie, extraordinary talent and supreme influencer sadly leaves us, what can we learn from him in our early careers?
Vibrantly restless, David Bowie consistently morphed himself into the different polarities of his personality. With his distinct alter-egos, Bowie released parts of himself, acknowledging so many different sides to his persona. True self-expression coupled with continuous reinvention seen Bowie’s career stretch over decades.
Take inspiration from this; do not be afraid to show what you have to offer within the many layers we have as complex human beings. Flex your personality and your own [although perhaps subtler] alter egos to get the best out of situations presented. Read your audience and at times play the character they want you to be. The Leader? The Innovator? The Challenger? The Creator? The Empathiser? The Supporter? The Director? The Critical Friend? Be in control, using observation and ability to morph to your advantage. Be a chameleon in time of need, be the best versions of yourself.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be ‘An Outsider’
Bowie’s ‘weirdness’ and alienist type qualities provided such inspiration for many people who felt they ‘just didn’t fit in’. Sometimes standing out is the most exhilarating feeling in the world. It’s what we stand for at #AllergictoAverage. Often, I can feel like that. In the financial industry ‘creative’ is a word not bounced about often, but, after a mentoring session with a female leader who told me ‘I don’t fit in here either, but that’s why I was hired’ I got a fire in my belly. Harness that, use it to your competitive advantage and get your voice heard, ’cause I can guarantee if you do it with confidence – you’ll sure as hell be remembered.
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again
David Bowie’s first, self-titled album, released in 1967, absolutely flopped. Have resilience and believe in yourself and most importantly, when it doesn’t work out; keep going. Who knows what the world will miss out on if you give up at the first hurdle. Keep people around you who keep you strong, who give you the courage to try again. Go for your goals, get back on your feet; be your very own Stardust.
Leave A Legacy
“This way or no way / You know I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Now, ain’t that just like me?” Lazarus
Even in his parting, David Bowie was visionary. Writing what appears to be a somewhat ethereal, mysterious, yet peaceful goodbye to fans. He said goodbye in his own way, with his own legacy. Widely praised by critics, he fulfilled his presence right until the end, a parting that was so utterly, vibrantly Bowie-esque.
Create a legacy like David Bowie, carve out your own presence, have people remember you. Write your own story; don’t leave it up to anyone else.
Live Life With Excitement, Not Fear.
‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring’
It’s self-explanatory really, don’t live your life in fear of what’s next, embrace the unknown, welcome opportunity and change and look forward with a sometimes unnerving, yet eager anticipation.
Stand Out | Stand Tall