“Find out what your gift is and nurture it. ” – Katy Perry

Katy Perry is known for the hit songs – California Gurls with Snoop Dogg & I Kissed A Girl. Among many others.

She’s far from your typical singer, and she’s the complete opposite of what you’d call an overnight success.

She had to hustle to be in the position she’s in. And dedicate a serious amount of hours into her craft to be the success she is. I love that.

Katy Perry can teach you 5 things about success.

 

1. Consistency is the name of the game

When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation. – Arsene Wenger

Katy Perry’s been singing since she was 9 years old. But has been committed to singing as a career since she was 15 years old.

It took her more than 7 years of starting her music career to achieve massive success.

Had she stopped and give up her music career before the 7 year period, I wouldn’t even be writing this post. And you wouldn’t know her for what she does.

She could have easily quit when things weren’t gaining traction, but that didn’t stop her.

Consistency is the name of the game no matter what it is you’re doing or what career you’re pursuing. And Katy Perry is solid proof of that.

 

2. Don’t expect it to be a smooth ride

I just want to make it very clear that I come from very humble beginnings, and I worked for everything! – Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s first album – Katy Hudson sold around 200 copies on the label Red Hill Records. Months later, the label went bankrupt.

For five years straight she had to sell her clothes to pay rent and borrow money while living in LA.

She was dropped by the record labels Columbia Records and Def Jam Music Group.

She was humiliated multiple times early in her career, experienced setbacks for many years in her career.

And that’s just a sample of what she was dealing with for the first 7 years of her music career.

You’ve got to pay the cost to be the boss as the saying goes, and nobody’s gonna give you your success on a plate.

You’ve got to put up with the nonsense, setbacks, and difficulties to make it happen.

 

3. You’ve got to think long term

The average person thinks in terms of instant gratification. But instant gratification gets you no where. The quicker it is, the less rewarding it will be.

Katy was willing to be in it for the long term regardless of the struggles, setbacks, and the amount of time it would take.

If you’re serious about pursuing a career or a business, you have to be in it for the long term if you expect any real results.

 

4. You HAVE to treat success like marriage

If you were to get married one day, you’d expect to be in it for the long term not the short term, right? Otherwise it defeats the purpose of marriage.

And success is no different. You have to treat success like marriage. You have to commit, be committed, and make a commitment to it.

You have to nurture it, be consistent, take it seriously, and give it your attention. Just as you would with the person you’re married to.

Are you willing to be that committed?

 

5. You have to work your ass off

Through out those seven years Katy could have easily chose to spend her time on less important things.

She could have accepted her life for what it was. And she could have spent her time partying, drinking, and being unproductive 24/7.

She could have been lazy and avoid putting in serious amounts of work. But she didn’t.

She put all her effort into making her dreams a reality and creating success for her self. She put in her time and energy to make it happen.

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What has Katy Perry taught you? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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