Everyone has heard the expression “when it rains, it pours” and this week the world got drenched with Purple Rain. We have to acknowledge that we lost a true gem this week when the story broke that beloved Purple Rain artist, icon, legend was found dead at his home on April 21, 2016. For those of you who may not be familiar we are speaking about our brother singer songwriter Prince, may he rest in peace. Now within only days of his death another one of our gems shut down the internet when she dropped visual album “Lemonade” and subsequently changed the entire game. That’s right Beyoncé took the world by storm with her much anticipated premiere of her latest album that delves into a woman’s search for healing, tranquility, reconciliation, and peace.

When speaking about someone so thorough with their craft such as Prince or Beyoncé many people often make speculations about how people that successful gained their success. Often times these speculations get out of control due to jealously. The reason being its much easier for most people to believe that short cuts were taken, somebody was paid off, or even that there was an exchange with the devil. The simple fact is that most people are lazy and will validate their laziness by talking down other people’s success as oppose to investing that energy into something that will propel them to the next level. That’s right, I said it, you’re lazy. ET, CJ,  & Karl discuss how important it is to grind, not just during the week, or from 9-5, or from time to time, but everyday you need to be doing something to bring you closer to your goal.

Prince is a singer/song writer however he also could play twenty-seven different instruments. Beyoncé has been out here grinding since she was a little girl and didn’t start off winning either. Neither one of these individuals woke up one morning as the icons we know them as today. They dedicated their lives to their craft and literally poured their hearts, minds, and souls into their music. This begs the question, what are your twenty-seven instruments? Is your focus narrow enough to master what you do best then innovate it? What do you do so well that when your name is mentioned whatever it is that you do is synonymous with you?

In the ask ET segment of the podcast the team discusses what it is to tell the truth, and that sometimes “no” is the appropriate answer. We are living in a culture that has created industries that thrive on our insecurities and self doubt. These industries teach us that to be of value to anyone we must constantly be appeasing others, often times at our own expense. We are people pleasers and self doubters who are scared of the possibilities. ET’s nugget of the day addresses this very issue. So often we get caught up in what others think and feel about who we are that we stifle our own growth, to make others comfortable with their own mediocrity. We wait to be given permission to be the best we can be. ET breaks it downs down plain and simple, the only permission we need is our own. So give yourself permission to surpass the low expectations of others. Give yourself permission to be the master of you fate and captain of your soul. Let yourself be great. At the end of the day you have to make the choice to be average or phenomenal. We pray you choose the later, because as was said in the beginning of this podcast, you are meant for greatness. Thanks for tuning in.