Have you seen the reality shows on TV lately? People who were famous for one thing are now doing another. Howard Stern is a judge on “America’s Got Talent;” Steven Tyler is a judge on “American Idol.” Well, yesterday he said he was leaving.
And that is my point. So many successful people get out and try new things, and, let’s face it, to work to learn a new gig is almost like learning another language. Steven Tyler said yesterday he wanted to get back to his first love, which is his band, Aerosmith.
You see, it takes quite a talent to learn a new language, and I’m not talking learning Spanish or French here. When you have spent years chasing the one thing you are passionate about and then you try different things, well it becomes hard. You have to be built to do these things over time.
When I look back at the things I have done for work over the years, I had to learn what could have been another language to be able to fit into a career or job. Look at the learning of language when you think of Howard Stern, a man who built a radio career becoming the shock jock, then moved to satellite radio to become the ultimate in shock. Now he works on a prime-time TV network where he cannot be that shock jock.
I have watched a show or two with Howard; over the years I have listened to his radio show a time or two. They are two different things. Yet Howard seems to be doing them both well. I think back a few years to the “Rock of Love” TV show and how singer Bret Michaels became part of a top-rated show about finding love.
You see, stars like this learn to make major twists to change or promote their careers, yet we watch them on TV and head back to the same old routines in our lives and wonder why things never change.
Here is today’s challenge: the older you get the harder it is to change and learn something totally different, like learning another language. You must keep yourself in the practice of learning. That is what this week has been all about: a consistent habit of learning.
I started the week off by reminding you of the statement I heard in Phoenix: “Rich people learn and grow; poor people think they know it all.” If you have become stuck in a world where you feel you can keep going, and never try new things, your life will never be different.
It’s time for you to start learning again. Life can teach you all kinds of new things. Yes, when you enter a new field the language is different. But when you learn it and master it, life becomes exciting with opportunity again. Take that opportunity and enjoy life.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream to love what you do and those you share life with. Never let a language become too hard to learn, and will be the RockStar in your world.