It’s a real coincidence if you haven’t heard of this man in the music industry. With a smaller-sized guitar, a loop pedal and just three proclaimed albums, Ed Sheeran rose to the top of the popular music world in no time. This 26-year-old is one of the most influential celebrities in the world today.
Ed Sheeran has some unique qualities I think, that makes him different from the others in his calibre. Ones that are useful, even for an entrepreneur when climbing up the ladder to be successful.
1. Be honest when expressing your passion Most of Ed’s music is based on his honest experiences and feelings which makes the listeners relate very closely to what he’s expressing. As an entrepreneur, it’s important that your passion comes right from the heart. Either when pitching to an investor or selling your products and services, honest expressions can yield a sense of trust and credibility. Just listen to great entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs or Elon Musk talk. You can really feel their sense of honesty towards what they do and their passion to really change the world.
2. Believe in your abilities when taking risks Ed admits how at the age of 14, he took his guitar and some clothes and just left home, searching for opportunities to do music in London, without knowing where he’s going to stay or how he’s going to earn. Decisions like these demand a strong belief in yourself and what you can achieve. There comes a time or even several times in the life of an entrepreneur where crucial decisions have to be made and risks have to be taken in order to succeed. Believing in yourself will be that exact ingredient you might need to take that one risk which might place you among the greats.
3. Be inspired constantly to be inspiring Watching a live concert of the singer-songwriter Damian Rice when he was small had inspired him to write his own music, claims Ed in one of his interviews, where he saw how one man could influence a big crowd just with his words. Also at many occasions, Ed mentions how even the great rapper, Eminem, influenced the music he made. To become a successful entrepreneur, it’s important to find inspiration in the right places. Because most of the time those will be the stories which will help you get through the challenges.
4.Push the boundaries In 2015, at the climax of his Multiply album tour, Ed Sheeran performed three sold-out concerts at Wembley Stadium. A solo artist, singing with just a guitar and a loop pedal with no band, selling out the largest football stadium in England, for three consecutive nights. Yeah. That was the first time. A successful entrepreneur always thinks beyond the boundaries. He has the courage to challenge himself and also his industry. Disruption will create new opportunities and for that, you’ll have to push the boundaries to do what’s thought of as impossible. 5. Be nice and friendly When you see Ed talk to anyone, you see apart from his massive success, he’s a very down-to-earth nice buddy to hang out with. People can never hate a nice person. That’s why it’s important for an entrepreneur to be nice. Earn more and more friends. Cause at the end of the day, your network of people is what provides you with the best opportunities.
So there you go. 5 Tips an Entrepreneur can learn from Ed Sheeran. Hope it helps.