Even if you don’t want to be a teacher or a lawyer, or even a professional widow, there’s a good chance you could be.
All of us who have been lucky enough to be born on this planet have had the good fortune to learn, study and work hard. And all of us are different in some way. Some people are naturally good at certain things, others not so much. Some people can do things easily, others it takes more effort and time. Some people are more ambitious than others. Some people just love what they do because it’s something they love doing, while others do it because they need to do it to survive or because they enjoy doing it.
So when we say that we are “all the above”, this is not just a metaphor for being talented or skilled at something (although those things certainly come into play). It is also about being very unique and having the ability to thrive in whatever environment you find yourself in (including working for ourselves!)
What we are saying is that you are likely at least 50% of the way there already! All you need to do is take advantage of your strengths and lets see where else you can take advantage of your unique talents!
The Album and Musicianship in General
Tori Amos is a very powerful artist and her music is beautiful and moving. But how much do you really know about her, or music in general?
I’m often asked if I’m a fan of Tori Amos. The answer is yes, but not the same kind of yes that many people mean. I say yes to some things, but no to others. As such, I don’t consider myself one of her fans. And while I do enjoy some of her music, I don’t think it represents the entirety of her talent and vision (though I do find it moving). In a world where there are so many wonderful musicians out there, why not just listen to some? But listening doesn’t always work for me; sometimes it fails completely.
Let me start by saying that this isn’t an attack on anyone who’s an enthusiastic listener (though it makes me wonder why they’re so enthusiastic…). This is more a description of my own musical tastes and priorities when it comes to Tori Amos — what I like to hear when she puts on her headphones (and there are plenty of times when this happens).
1) The songs need to be good enough that you can just sit back and let them wash over you without thinking about anything else. This means that Tori doesn’t have to worry about any particular genre or mood or tempo or moodiness — all she has to do is put on the right playlists and record herself singing into the microphone while playing whatever instrument she’s playing at the moment.
2) The songs need to be good enough that you can just sit back and let them wash over you without thinking about anything else. This means that no matter how long it takes for them to finish, or how many times they repeat each other or change key or different instruments join together in the middle… if they’re still good enough after all those things have happened, then they’ll be good enough for us too .
3) The songs need to be good enough that you can just sit back and let them wash over you without thinking about anything else . This also means that if Tori has ever been in trouble with law enforcement for any reason whatsoever , then we won’t get any info about this out from her or anyone else (but we’ll still hope for the best ); if she’s ever been in trouble with other musicians because she refused one song request , then we won’t get any info about
At the risk of sounding like an old soul, I have to say that I am a fan of Tori Amos. I’m not just a fan; I’m a creative writing student and one of the best writers in my class.
I’d like to present a few reasons why you should pay close attention to what Tori Amos has to say:
1. She is smart, and she cares deeply about her craft
2. She is humble
3. She is open-minded
4. She is inspiring
5. She is honest
Other Tori Amos albums
Tori Amos is one of my favorite artists. I first heard of her with the release of her 1989 album “Tori Amos Unplugged” on BBC. This album was a collaboration between Amos and classical musician Larry Harlow, who played the piano and cello for the recording.
The album was a great concept record, but failed to sell well upon its release because it sounded too much like a jazz album, to many listeners. A year later, she re-released the album with a slightly different packaging and with some new songs. The results were much better: the “new” version (credited as “Tori Amos During Her Session With Larry Harlow”) received more radio airtime than its predecessor. That success led to two subsequent albums that sold well and were critically acclaimed: 1992’s “Under the Pink” (which included one of her most popular songs, “Angel Band”), and 1995’s “The Voyager” (which included two more hits).
In 1997, Tori released her fourth studio album, “Tori Amos Live at Radio City Music Hall”. It was recorded in concert in December 1996 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert was released as part of “The Best of Tori Amos”, which also included an interview with Amos conducted by Lester Bangs from “The Village Voice”. From 1997-2003 she continued to tour extensively – including opening for Madonna on both tours – but never released another studio album until 2006’s “Evening at Tiffany’s”, which achieved gold status from the RIAA in 2006. In 2008 she released “Lulu & Johnny” for Columbia Records under a new publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music (with whom she had sold her rights to all four albums). In 2010 she released “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” on Delphic Records/Atlantic Records; it is also available through iTunes and Amazon MP3 Download Store.
This is a question I have been mulling over for a while now. The last few months have been exhausting, but I think it is time to answer.
Here is the short answer: no. I don’t think that you need to be very good at anything in order to be successful as an entrepreneur. You don’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner, or even an author. But you do need to be smart enough to know what you’re doing and how competitively positioned you are (and how much better than the competition you are).
I think this goes both ways: neither of these things can guarantee success alone; and I think it is very important for young entrepreneurs to realize that there are as many paths we can take as there are different types and degrees of success available.