I’m confident that I was not the only one in the US completely blown away by P!NK’s performance at this year’s AMAs. What wasn’t to be blown away by? If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here:
I heard it on the radio last week driving home from an appointment with a new client and the third verse really hit home for me. I think there’s a poignant message in there for all of us entrepreneurs and small business owners. Agreed, the first two verses are clearly about personal love relationships, but when she sings:
“Ever worried that it might be ruined
And does it make you wanna cry?
When you’re out there doing what you’re doing
Are you just getting by?
Tell me are you just getting by by by
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned
Just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try try try…”
…it can really take the form of a motivational lyric for small business owners. We can sometimes feel concern over whether our business is going to succeed and sometimes, we might even feel like crying if things are not going well. We want to consider: when we’re doing our thing, are we really putting our all into it, or are we just scraping by on minimal effort?
Now, looking at the chorus (I love this part!) if we have a real passion (desire) for our venture, it burns inside us like a flame. It ‘lights us up’, as I’ve heard it said. Sometimes in business, as in life, we might get burned (sometimes as a result of our own mistakes, others as a result of being taken advantage of). Just because you’ve been burned, though, it doesn’t mean you’ve completely failed or that your business is going to fail…
You’ve just gotta get up and try…try…try…