Don’t Be Denied (…and the words of Dave Grohl)

I woke up this morning and discovered this. I wanted to share it.

Dave Grohl gave a keynote speech at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas last week. His words are a gentle reminder to enjoy yourself.

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Top 5 Ways to a Better Life According to Dave Grohl !

1. No one is you and that is your biggest power.

“It’s YOUR VOICE. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s f**king gone because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last . . .”
“Who’s to say what’s a good voice, and what’s not a good voice? The Voice? Imagine Bob Dylan sitting there singing ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ in front of Christina Aguilera.”

2. Don’t be afraid of not fitting in.

“I can truly say out loud that ‘Gangnam Style’ is one of my favorite f**king songs of the past decade. Is it any better or worse than the latest Atoms for Peace album? Hmmm… paging Pitchfork! Come in, come in, Pitchfork! We need you to help us determine the value of a song! Who f**king cares.” Don’t be someone who designs their lives to impress others.

3. Give a damn about yourself.

It’s about taking care of yourself so you can be a better human being. A 2.0 version of you is way more equipped to help others in need. Take up yoga if you’re stressed. Ask for a big raise. Walk away from a relationship that is abusive or draining. Or just take a nap, for Christ’s sake.

4. Be humble.

No one wants to go to lunch with a supermodel who says things like, “My cheekbones, if you’ve noticed, have a similar incline to an escalator.” One thing I’ve noticed is that if you are good at something, people will acknowledge it. Appreciate the hell out of those people. Should you be blessed enough to have the fortitude to work so hard at something that people celebrate you, your first reaction should be gratitude. And know that there’s a ton of people out there from all races and socioeconomic backgrounds who can still teach you something. I don’t care if you’re Bill Clinton or Jay-Z – always be learning; always be improving.

5. Spark a revolution.

Always have the highest bar for yourself. Wake up everyday and no matter how crappy you feel, want to change something for the better. Do something that makes someone happy. Create something that inspires someone. Be someone’s light when they are hopeless.

Reading these words was a great way to wake up this morning, as it sparks a little something in all of us.

Thanks for reading, see you next time.

http://www.craigrobertson.ca

7 comments

  1. I had caught some of what Grohl had said during his interview but I never did see all of this!! He’s a top notch dude! Caught Foo Fighters at Lee’s Palace and was front row (pretty sure Grohl sweat on me) and he took time to take pictures (I mentioned how I loved his Dale Earnhardt Jr guitar and he paused long enough for my buddy and I to take a picture) and interact……well, more like rock out cuz he went wireless and rocked around the whole bar!! Class act!! Thanks for sharing Craig!!

  2. Always nice to read (and hear) things that we believe but forget sometimes… thanks buddy; Miss ya around the hallways….hoping you and Crys can make it back out to Oshawa sometime this summer for some backporch ukelele sessions

  3. Yes, Dave Grohl is one of those incredibly humble and passionate musicians. I’ve wondered if Kurt hadn’t died, would Dave have eventually stepped away from Nirvana to peruse his own music. I’m thinking yes.

    1. I also wonder how much Cobain’s death made Grohl more appreciative of life and his own gifts. Must have been a life-changer for those around Cobain. Cheers Dave, thanks for reading. Craig

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