Born: October 14, 1978, Dallas, Texas, US | Successful For: Musician | Zodiac Sign: Libra
Inner Keys to Success:
- HAVE A POSITIVE DEMEANOR AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WORLD: Usher has always carried himself with a very optimistic and cheerful nature. No matter what he’s doing, you will always see him wearing a smile on his face and he never attracts gossip or drama, something many young stars get caught up in. When Usher’s debut album received heavy criticism, he decided to stay away from the bad boy portrayal telling PEOPLE magazine "That whole bad-boy thing, me frowning for the camera – that wasn't me." He’s a firm believer in giving back and started a non-profit organization called New Look at just age 20. The main focus is providing young people who don’t have as much opportunity with a new look on life through education and experiences. After 15 years, Usher’s New Look has helped make 21,000 youngsters into leaders who bring a positive change to their own communities and . He believes “It’s never too late to forgive, it’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to find your dreams and it’s certainly never too late to live them out.” Usher participates as a mentor in his charity as well and claims to have learned from his own youth as he would attend local campaigns. “You have the power to make tomorrow better.”
- ALWAYS BE IN THE VICINITY OF MENTORS AND POSITIVE INFLUENCES: “Sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zones and try something new.” Right from the beginning his mother and grandmother made a big impact on his life as they mentored and helped him throughout his career. He considers his mother to be his best friend, and she was also his manager. Usher always had positive and encouraging people surrounding him. He was signed by L.A Reid who guided him heavily. And then he was further mentored by hip hop mogul P. Diddy and then Jermaine Dupri at just the age of 15. Usher continues to put himself by successful and supportive people, a very important part of the formula for success. Although he believes in the power of positive people, Usher strongly understands that YOU must believe before anyone else, as he said “I’ve learnt that you are who you are. And in the end, if you don’t believe it, then no one will."
- TAKE ACTION AND HAVE MAGNETIC VISION: At 9, he begins singing in the choir at a Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. This is where the fuel and desire began, and Usher would take bold steps to turn that dream into a reality. He told the Washington Post in 98 that singing in the church was "like mental grooming in early ages...Like any other normal child, I had a lot of dreams." Usher always took action when needed and did not wait for things to happen. He formed a group to improve his talents further and kept taking leaps of faith and doing what he loved. Usher and his family would move out to Atlanta when he was 12 where the vision felt clearer. He joined a group called the Happy Clowns, who combined music and acrobatics. He then competed on 'Star Search' where he holds the record for longest note sung at the age of 13 “Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you're on the journey. But you've got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.”
"I'm gonna do what I feel. I'm gonna go for what I dreamed about and what I believe in."
– Usher Raymond
Usher Raymond is hugely versatile and used the power of momentum and having the right beliefs to swindle favor his way. “Don’t believe things just happen. Things are made to happen.” Today, Usher sings, writes, dances, and acts, while he is also part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and has made a Broadway appearance for 6 weeks. Not to mention, he’s also in the recruiting business as he discovered hugely famous Justin Bieber. All in all, Usher is the full package, and it’s really obvious his empowering beliefs about himself guided him strongly. “BE PERSISTENT. Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, doesn’t mean that it will never happen.”
"Strivers achieve what dreamers believe."
- Usher Raymond
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