Career Lessons from Freddy Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Have you watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie?  The story of Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury  is a powerful illustration of how a career can be shaped to achieve success. One thing  was clear: Freddy took charge of shaping his career.

Here are 3 career lessons  I learned from Freddy Mercury

Pursue your Passion. Freddy was relentless. He loved music and expressed the artist in him with his songs, costumes he wore and their album designs.

What are you passionate about? What do you want to keep doing that makes your heart sing and your eyes “twinkle” as one of my friends would say? Many say your passion is one that you want to do even if you do not get paid for it. Its not for the money. Its one that makes  good use of your gifts, your strengths and your talents. Think about it.

Do not be afraid to do things differently.  Freddy was different  and was not afraid to be so. He took a different path in his approach to his music. He redefined what  the audience would like. He refused to copy what is out there. He set the tone. He created his own.  Bohemian Rhapsody  was 6 minutes long with segments from different genre. It was way longer than the usual songs listened too. His producer told him people would not listen to a 6 minute long song. He persisted.

What is it about things that you would want done differently? What is stopping you? What is it that you want to challenge?

It takes a village to raise a child so with building your career. Freddy made the Queen what it is , but the Queen made Freddy who he is.  Building a career entails working with people. As shown in Freddy’s life, it is not always as rosy when it comes to relationships. But growth is only possible when you work well with others. Who are your enablers in the career you have chosen? How well are you working with them?

Movies mirror life to us.  It entertains us. It teaches us. It  reveal to us what we sometimes fail to see.

If you have seen the movie, what other lessons  did you learn from it?

Please share in the comments so we can learn from it too.


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