Is Your Business a “Wild Idol” or an “American Idol”?

I was on the treadmill at the gym yesterday and Oprah was on TV. Adam Lambert from the last season of American Idol was her guest. I couldn’t hear the sound because I was listening to my iPod, but as I saw a magazine cover they posted on screen, with Adam on the cover and the headline “Wild Idol” it got me to thinking. Here is a guy who puts himself out there authentically and without apology. He knows who he is and he doesn’t try to be anything or anyone else. Whether you like him or not, or agree with his lifestyle choice or not, you cannot argue he’s an original and he’s proud of it.

Compare this to the other American Idol winners … can you even remember who any of them are besides Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood? I know I can’t. Funny, the ones I remember are the ones who didn’t try to fit themselves into the prefabricated American Idol mould, and didn’t win as a result. The ones I remember – and I’ll bet you do too – are those who stayed true to who they are, sang their kind music, dressed the way they wanted, and to a certain degree “rebelled” against the vanilla pop-star image Idol could be accused of promoting.

Oh, and these “runners-up” are the ones with the successful careers, too.

Here are a few examples:

Chris Daughtry:  4th place finalist from season five, whose first album holds the record as the fastest selling debut rock album in history.  American Idol – no way!  His music is described as “post grunge, alternative.” (And he’s one of my favorite artists, by the way!)

Jennifer Hudson: finalist in season three, who was criticized on Idol for her size and theatrical tendencies, won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role in the movie Dream Girls. Oh, and her album has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Carrie Underwood: winner of season four, has become a wildly successful, Grammy Award winning COUNTRY music recording artist. Although Carrie won her season of Idol, she and presumably the American Idol folks realized her sweet spot was country music and they let her shine in all her authenticity. The result?  Multi-platinum!

What can we learn from this as business owners?

Success will be found when you let yourself be who you are. When you stop trying to fit yourself and your business into the mould that someone else created, when it’s not right for you. When you start taking all that advice you’re getting from coaches,  mentors, info-products, teleclasses, ezines, blog posts, etc. and you start running it through YOUR filter to see how it fits, before blindly following. And when you stand up for what you believe in and follow your heart, even if it means breaking ALL the rules!

If you own your own business I know one thing for sure, you’re smart and determined and you have a unique gift to share with the world. Because people who don’t possess these qualities simply don’t go into business for themselves, they choose to work for others.

So isn’t it about time you started owning who you are, trusting yourself, and yes, seeking advice and guidance but always remembering to run it through your filter first, before applying it?

Sometimes I look back and I see that I have checked my brain, my instincts and my personality at the door, and blindly followed others. No more. From this point on, I am standing up as who I am, blemishes and all, and I encourage you to do the same.

I choose to be a “Wild Idol.”  How about you?


About Debbie

Debbie worked in marketing for 32 years and ran a successful coaching and consulting business for 19. Now she helps people find greater happiness and success by learning how to Follow Inspiration.

9 comments on “Is Your Business a “Wild Idol” or an “American Idol”?

  1. Great insight Debbie. The only way to be truly successful in life and in business is to be yourself. There is so much information out there and it is really important to filter things and do what truly resonates best with the “true” you.

    Thanks again for including Carrie Greene as one of your speakers. She really resonated well with me on your call and is helping me accomplish things where others have not.

  2. I couldn’t agree more Debbie!
    I watched Adam Lambert too and he wasn’t what I expected. He even said that he wanted to be remembered for being authentic. He also said that he wanted to be grateful for every moment on his ride through fame. What a great way to live your life. Be yourself and enjoy the experience.
    Great advice and a winning combination for getting the most out of everyday.

  3. Hi Debbie,

    it is 1:26 a.m. in Toronto and this is “Me time” and what a pleasant reminder after a long day that the reason it was such a good day- read positive business wise- was because I was doing what I love and people are responding. So heres to tomorrow and staying true to oneself- “it aint easy”, but neither is planting a Rose Garden,
    Thank you

  4. Debbie I love what you have written here! Most of my life, actually all until this past year, I’ve tried “fitting in”. After I took a course by Jennifer Hough and went on her 1st Soul Adventure to Peru May 2009, I could finally be “ME”! People were noticed “the change” and some were okay with it and others not so much. My mom said “Nice to have you back!”. My thoughts have always been outside the box, but I didn’t share them much. Now I like to say that I think outside the circle around the box and I’m looking forward to the day I get out there and SHARE!

    Daring to be ME … Deeni

  5. Great thoughts and so true. It’s a competitive environment out there and the more you try and be what you think people want you to be you are just going to blend right in with the crowd.

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