Strong. Empowered. Free.
They pushed the boundaries within their respective genres.
Bowie created music (and himself) in ways that the world had never seen before. The same could be said of Prince. Muhammad Ali is arguably the greatest athlete ever.
But something else separated them from others. Bowie was said to be down-to-earth to the very end. Prince loved his hometown Minneapolis and stayed loyal, building his empire there. And Ali was sentenced to five years in jail (which became a three year abstinence from his work) for refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam War. He famously declared, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” Bowie, Prince and Ali lived in accordance to their values, while disregarding any possible financial or career damage.
Perhaps, instead of simply working, we can work simply: with our values as our guides.
It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. It could be as simple as refusing to wear makeup to work.
“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” she said of the experience. (Alicia Keys, Huffington Post)