You may have heard that singer Tony Bennett at 90 is more popular than ever. His path to popularity and success points to masterful talent —a continually expanding ability to create the results in life one desires.
Everyone advised him to get a “nose job” to improve his looks and his chances at success. On the path to music mastery he was told over and over “don’t call us, we’ll call you.”
Mitch Miller helped Bennett get started but pushed him into becoming a ballad singer when his passion was for jazz. Even as a ballad singer Tony would get extremely fearful and nervous when performing and recording and often vomited before sessions.
Tony Bennett’s work has transcended fear, age and genre. He records and performs with the likes of Lady Gaga, Elvis Costello, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many more.
He is a spokesman for Nike, he won Grammys, and he has appeared on MTV, the Simpsons, The Muppets and The New York Times anointed Tony Bennett The King of Cool.
Bennett has managed to become a popular and sought after artist with few critics.
- I kept my nose and did things my way.
- I have a reverence for continually learning and I relentlessly pursue excellence at every turn.
- Young people line up to see me because they’re craving quality music. People respond to excellence.
Tony Bennett had a vision and some ideas—quality, excellence, and the long view.
People in the music business steered him where they thought he should go. This happens so often—advice comes out of the woodwork.
The first step to mastery is the courage to believe you can be the best even before you know you are the best.