This Rastafarian used his passion for music and making a difference as a means to spread his beliefs of peace and serenity to the masses, breaking cultural barriers, Bob Marley was considered the world’s first third-world pop star.
Born: February 6, 1945 Nine Mile, Saint Anne, Jamaica
Died: May 11, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Net Worth: $130 million (estimated)
Successful For: Singer, Song writer, Musician
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!”
Keys to Success:
- STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN: Even though music was his passion, it was the change he wanted to see in his homeland which fueled him to deliver such powerful messages. People related to his emotions and feelings of peace and freedom. He didn’t only help change the face of Jamaica, but he spread his movement to the masses of the entire world. Feeling like a misfit for being half white/black made him realize that he wanted people to treat each other with respect and dignity. And being shot with a furry of bullets by a politically motivated group couldn’t stop him, as literally 2 days after, he sang at the Smile For Jamaica concert singing “If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another”.
- HAVE A WELL DEFINED SENSE OF PURPOSE: He was absolutely sure of the direction he wanted to go in and nothing could or would deter him from pursuing it. Even if others tried to persuade or change his vision, he would stay focused on the changes he wished to bring to the world, as he made some very important differences. Marley had a much defined purpose. Finally when he rose to stardom, he got the privilege to give back, which was a very purposeful goal he had from the get go. Having grown up in poverty and times of struggle, he knew how difficult it was to get by. He would buy houses for friends and supported many of the poor in Jamaica. Marley became extremely generous with his money.
- USE ADVERSITY AS MOTIVATION TO WORK HARDER: He didn’t allow his past to define him, nor affect him in any way that would keep him from succeeding. His perspective on his problems was what compelled him to achieve great success by using his negative surrounding as motivation and drive to help change the world. This type of attitude has resulted in him being one of the most influential and listened to musicians of all time, and his positive perspectives on peace and how to treat one another has made a world of a difference on this planet. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!”
Did You Know?
Bob Marley was sprayed with a shower of bullets at his Hope Road headquarters in which he barely escaped death in a politically motivated attack where he was shot in the arm and chest. Miraculously, only two nights later, Marley performed in front of 80,000 in Kingston for the ‘Smile Jamaica Concert’. That day he sang … “If puss and dog can get together, why can’t we love one another”.
Road to Success:
He was the son of a teenage Jamaican mother and a white father who was not too interested in being active in his life. Growing up, Marley was not always known for his music. At age 7 he was a palm reader and apparently his mother was quite shocked when some of his predictions came true. He was also a skilled soccer player and ping pong player too.
Being An Outcast Led To Later Success:
Around the village in Nine Miles, he was often called the “white boy” due to his lighter skin tone from his father. This made Bob initially feel very indifferent, but over time it was what helped build up his confidence and self-esteem. Bob Marley faced questions about his own racial identity throughout his life and would often reply with this answer when being interviewed about it “I don’t have prejudice against myself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white”.
A Love For Music:
Bob Marley was introduced to music by a close friend of his in school, Neville “Bunny” Livingston. Bunny inspired him to learn and play the guitar. Livings ton’s father and Marley’s mother would form a short relationship in which they all lived together for a time in one of the poorest neighborhood’s in Kingston. Marley didn’t stay in school for long, and left early as he got a job as an apprentice welder. After a dangerous injury, he decided to leave and he began to devote much of his time to music. Music from the United States would be heard my Marley through jukeboxes and the radio in which he was inspired by the likes of Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. Soon after, a local record producer loved Marley’s vocals and as a result, Marley and some friends created a band called “The Wailers”.
Moving To America Braught New Perspectives:
The group became popular in Jamaica, but struggled financially, and split up shortly after. Marley moved to Delaware in the United States at the age of 21 (where his mom was now located), and invested in himself where he became a more spiritual individual. During that time he worked the night shift at a Chrysler plant. Work was never an issue for Marley though, even with his band back home, he was famous for making them rehearse for hours and hours at a time. 8 months later, he returned to Jamaica to reunite the band bringing his new found spirituality along with him. His spiritual touch helped the band get back on its road to success. Bob Marley realized that he could use what people saw as a problem (being born half black & half white) and turn it into an opportunity to help free others from racism. Having this type of perspective is what gave Bob Marley the driving force to not only be one of the greatest reggae singers of all time, but become a big difference maker on the globe.
“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect & I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”
He is the most widely known reggae performer in the world. His Legend compilation album went 10 times platinum in the United States which sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The CD includes hit songs such as Jamming, and Three Little Birds. Alongside his solo albums, Marley was also a major success in his band The Wailers which produced unforgettables such as I Shot the Sheriff, and No Woman, No Cry. Marley is also well known for smoking marijuana as many Rastafarian’s believe that it “frees the mind”.
His Message & Movement:
Bob Marley has made Jamaican music and the Rastafarian movement known worldwide which is heavily influenced by the social and political issues surrounding his homeland. Today, Bob Marley is still recognized for his positive messages, as he influenced people by spreading peace and serenity, breaking cultural barriers through his music. He became an important figure in Africa and did a concert in 1980 for then newly independent country of Zimbabwe singing at their Independence Day Celebration.
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