By definition, a game changer is an “event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.”
We can all look at the world around us and see evidence of “game-changing” ideas every single day. With the exception of natural resources, nothing we interact with on a daily basis always existed. Someone had to act on an idea. Thankfully for the culture, the legendary Quincy Jones is master at doing just that.
Last Sunday, BET honored Q during a 2-hour star-studded, music filled event called Q85: Quincy Jones Special.
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. couldn’t have had a better 60+ year long (and counting) career. 27 Grammys. An Emmy. An Oscar. & A Tony. The man behind “Let The Good Times Roll,” The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Oprah Winfrey, The Wiz, and many, many more. Q is without doubt, a living legend.
When admiring such accolades, one must wonder – how does a person become so legendary? We’ve studied Q’s amazing legacy and came up with our top 3 keys to becoming a successful game changer.
1.Own (and Master) Your Unique Talent.
Quincy stated that when he got started, all he wanted was to be a great musician at the end of the day. He has an ear for talent, and a creative mind that thinks outside of the box. He didn’t get to where he is today by following the rules or sticking to what’s been done before. If ever you feel like you’re just too “different” than others in your field, remember one thing –
Your differences are your super powers.
2. Surround Yourself with a Loyal Team.
After being praised, serenaded, and addressed by various musicians, actors, and public figures (all personally touched by Mr. Jones), Quincy finally got up to speak. In his short thank you speech, Q surprisingly didn’t spend time talking about how hard the journey was, or even his fondest memories. Instead, he thanked all of the people who worked hard to to put his Q85 “birthday” special together. That simple act is a reminder that you don’t become legendary all on your own. You must surround yourself with people you can trust, depend on, and learn from in order to reach true greatness.
Game-changing is a team sport.
3. All Wins Are Created Equal. So Don’t Compare Your Next ‘W’ to Your Last One.
Becoming successful isn’t always about outdoing your last accomplishment. While it’s true that we are our own competition, how can you every truly appreciate your journey if you’re constantly re-living the past? The Michael Jackson Thriller Album of 1982 was arguably one of the most game-changing moments of Q’s career. Can you imagine what would’ve happened had Q gotten discouraged or too caught up in “topping” that accomplishment in the years to come? It’s possible there’d be no “We Are The World” or “The Color Purple.”
We all have what it takes to be legendary in our own right. However, it’s going to take discipline, courage, and heart to change the game. As 2018 comes to an end, think about how you’ve been (or plan to be) a game changer in your world. What was birthed, has progressed, or will exist because of YOU? You possess an immense amount of power just by being true to who you are. To Mr. Jones, we thank you for living in your truth.
“I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because its not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.” – Quincy Jones
If you haven’t already, be sure to catch the Q85: Quincy Jones Special on BET.