Justin Timberlake should not be as successful as he is. The world tells us that we need years of deliberate practice to get good at one thing. And yet JT went from child actor to boyband singer......solo artist to actor.....show host to comedian.....R&B singer to Soul artist.
So how did he do it?
I would argue that this chameleon has one key trait that we can all learn from: he isn't afraid to get it wrong.
Because let's face it. He isn't always right.
The movie, Friends with Benefits.
His 2018 album, Man of the Woods.
The $16 million-dollar golf course he bought, and allegedly sold seven years later for $500 000.
Dude does not stay in his lane. And yet he is one of the most successful entertainers on the planet.
I see the same fearlessness in my kiddos, who try on different hats, all the time.
One day, Clara will be obsessed with yoga.....tree posing at the grocery store, in the bathtub, under a blanket ......and the next day, she'll be a make-up artist who spends hours in front of the mirror, playing around with lipstick shades and the perfect smoky eye (which....in all honesty ends up looking more like Chucky than Cover Girl).
Children aren't burdened with the fear of getting it wrong, because they aren't familiar the idea of "this is how we do things around here."
As adults, we see a "right way" and a "wrong way," and our ego is simply begging us to avoid situations that put us in danger of doing it wrong.
But if we ever want to achieve more, level up, and reach our greatest potential, we need to be willing to feel the discomfort of failure.
How tall will a tree grow? As tall is it possibly can.
Humans, on the other hand? We have a choice. We can stretch up to the full measure of our potential. Or we can hold back and choose to stay in the underbrush.
We have to be willing to reach for more.
And that's the hard part.
I think sometimes we are told to "love ourselves just the way we are." And although there is merit in feeling gratitude for where we're at right this moment, there is a difference between gratitude and contentment.
Gratitude is being thankful for what you have.
Whereas contentment is being satisfied with what you have.
And it is those who continually challenge their satisfaction, abandon the comfort of a "sure win," and put themselves out there, that reach the greatest heights.
Go ahead, girl. Rock your body. Bring sexy back. And get it wrong....over and over again....with the off-chance that you get it so so right, every now and then.