Wear that pink tie. Color your hair purple. Pursue the passion you love. Ask for the raise you deserve. Start a business.
This is no time to be shy, because shy people blend in. You want to live loud - take crazy, calculated risks and keep us guessing at what’s next!
When the title of this entry popped into my head, I searched for “Live Loud” on Google and Bing to see who may have been on to this before me. Surprise, surprise. There are only two key listings and both have to do with music: Live & Loud on Wikipedia and “Live and Loud,” a live album recorded by singer Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath (one of my favorite groups, I might add) that was released on June 28, 1993.
To me, living loud is about you living your passion boldly without caring what others think while leaving an indelible mark on the world. It’s about your ability to take measured risks for the sake of fulfilling your goals.
Let’s examine five people who represent what living loud means:
1. Former President George H. W. Bush. “Don’t sit around drooling in a corner,” says George H. W. Bush, who decided to skydive again on his 85th birthday (He jumped on his 75th and 80th birthdays as well). Here’s what living loud means to him:
“It feels good. There’s an exhilaration, especially when you start out of the plane. You feel exhilarated. You get charged up, excited. That’s not easy to do at 85. . . and it sends a message all around the globe, just because you are an old guy, you don’t have to sit around drooling in a corner.”
And as former President Bush says in his video, “Do something. Get out and enjoy life.” That pretty much sums up living loud.
2. Danica Patrick. “I live for the moment and I own it.” Visit Danica’s website and the first thing you see is a sexy Danica holding her racecar helmet. At the bottom it says, “Choose your experience.” Racy enough? You bet. Living loud? You double bet. Click on normal screen and you are in for quite a ride: Danica racing (first woman to win the Indy Japan 300), Danica posing for a “Got Milk?” ad, Danica modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated (on the Web) and Danica Twittering away @DanicaPatrick (I’ll let you find out!).
The living loud comes at you on all fronts, but particularly in the lyrics of the song that plays on her site: “I live for the moment. . . “
3. Tony Adams. “It’s a six-foot tall interactive machine.” That’s what 18-year old Tony Adams is into these days. The machine holds 4,000 gumballs and is known as the Wowie Zowie. It’s a show that lives loud, but Tony is the guy with guts behind it - entertainment at its best. The gumball spirals, zigzags, coasts on a Ferris wheel, then drops down the chute. There are graphics and sounds. How can one resist?
4. Nobuyuki Tsujii. “I would like people to listen to my performance just as a pianist.” Nobuyuki is a blind 20-year-old Japanese pianist who shares the first prize from the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. He didn’t have to try for the prize, but he did, so he can claim his live loud moment. About 10,000 copies of his CD “Debut” had been sold since it went on sale a year and a half ago, but the prestigious prize more than doubled that number in just one day. Last I checked, 50,000 copies of Nobuyuki’s CDs have been shipped.
5. Ashton Kutcher. “I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams, and actions. That’s me.” That’s what you will find on Ashton’s Twitter page. But yes, he’s also a famous actor and married to actress Demi Moore so he’s been living loud for quite some time. But the Twitter deal catapulted him over the top when he said he could get one million Twitter followers faster than CNN, and he did.
Why wait for opportunities? Create them. Start loving yourself. Be who you are. Live loud. Tell us how you do it.
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About the Author: Global business expert Laurel Delaney is the founder of GlobeTrade.com. She also is the creator of “Borderbuster,” an e-newsletter, and The Global Small Business Blog, all highly regarded for their global small business coverage.