I can’t seem to get enough of Freddie Mercury right now! I’ve always been a Queen fan, but after seeing the newly released Bohemian Rhapsody movie a couple of weeks ago, I am completely obsessed. I want to listen to all the old music. I want to hear all the new music by the incredibly talented Marc Martel. I want to read all about Freddie’s courageous and bold life. I want to watch every YouTube video, and I want to write with him in mind now.
What does this have to do with business, you may be asking? My answer is “Everything”! Read on for 3 business lessons from Freddie Mercury.
Seize opportunities with both hands!
Before Queen was Queen, original band members Roger Taylor and Brian May had lost the lead singer of their band Smile. A follower of their work, Farrokh Bulsara–who had already started going by the name “Freddie”–saw his opportunity and seized it with both hands. The year was 1970 and by 1975 Queen had earned international fame with Freddie as lead singer and frontman.
If you are an aspiring business owner and haven’t heard of the You Economy, let me introduce you here. We are living in a time of ridiculous opportunity for those of us Chris Ducker has dubbed “youpreneurs”. Side hustlers and small business owners now have so many resources at their fingertips – things that were once only available to large enterprises.
Need a website? No big deal!
Want to get the word out? With social media it’s free!
Need to research a bit? It’s all online; just ask the almighty Google.
Business going well? Hire a virtual assistant!
But first of all, you need passion and grit to go for it and seize your opportunity, just like Freddie did. Adopt a “Don’t stop me now” attitude in all the best ways.
Be You with every ounce of energy
It may have taken Freddie Mercury awhile to embrace his own authenticity, and while he may have had insecurities as we all do, he was unapologetically Freddie. From learning to live with his prominent overbite to stepping waayyy outside of the expectations his traditional Parsi family had of him, everything he did took courage.
Can you imagine the confidence it took to change his name, let alone simply being a gay man in a time when it was just barely made legal in Britain? And his stage presence? Unprecedented! There was nobody quite like Freddie. He was “Bold as Love” as his hero Jimi Hendrix sang.
Couldn’t we all benefit from such a sense of courage and freedom to be who we are?
People want to do business with people they know and trust. While you may not appeal to everyone, you may only need 1,000 true fans according to author Kevin Kelly. Maybe you’ve also heard the wisdom that in trying to appeal to everyone, you ultimately appeal to no one.
The bottom line is there will never be another You, so why not take a cue from Freddie and be You with every ounce of energy you’ve got?!
Honor your creativity
Freddie was a super creative soul. He had an original sense of fashion and was a one-of-a-kind performer. In an interview, his mother described how he would write music on random sheets of paper and place them underneath his pillow for safekeeping. It is said that the song Bohemian Rhapsody lived for years inside Freddie’s head and on his scratch notes before it ever materialized with the band. All of these traits reflect his creativity.
However your creative process manifests, it’s important to honor it. It works differently for everyone!
I already know that my intuitive nature needs time to fully connect ideas and that I shouldn’t discount any part of the process while my subconscious works in the background. So, give your own creativity the time, space and confidence it deserves.
Roger Taylor described Bohemian Rhapsody as having a bit of “nonsense” in the middle. At the very least, your own nonsense could add up to a lot of fun. At best, perhaps if you see it through, you’ll find you have a masterpiece on your hands.
“We are the champions” of our own story, so why not join me in channeling your inner Freddie? The world needs the best of each of us, and there is nothing to lose but the regret you’ll feel if you don’t rise to your potential.