When It’s All Or Nothing, Will You Have The Courage?
There’s something about genius having the courage to fly in the face of insurmountable odds that is intensely alluring to me. In watching the producer and production designer’s account of Prince performing at the Super Bowl, that is especially appealing. The chance to perform Purple Rain in a downpour, during halftime of the Super Bowl is akin to God providing the special effects.
But having the courage to do it on a slippery surface stage with dancers performing in high heels, in front of more than 100 million people, took raw courage… and Prince’s response to the advance news of rain so exemplifies the fearless genius that he was.
When your world is spinning faster than you might expect, and you know that braking and slowing down will only cause more damage, sometimes the only real option in life is having the courage to accelerate full speed, without fear, into the unknown. The rush of doing so is both intense and addicting, but it nowhere near as addicting as pulling it off. That’s the central element that makes going for it so intensely alluring.
Olympian athletes, performers in all sports and entertainment, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and countless other professions find themselves in that moment of having the courage or nothing. I think a certain part of our soul matures considerably faster at that moment. And it teaches us what we are truly made of.
So the next time the world throws you storm clouds, go out and do your very best performance in the rain.
PRINCE AT THE SUPER BOWL PERFORMING PURPLE RAIN
QUESTION OF THE DAY: When did you find yourself at a moment where having the courage was required because it was all or nothing, and you went for it?
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Can you make it rain harder? – Prince