Lessons from the Voice: Part 1

I love the Voice. Like reeeeeeeeally love the Voice. I love listening to the music and hearing the contestant’s hearts and stories, and seriously, who doesn’t love listening to Adam and Blake banter back and forth? I wish I had comebacks like those two!

Listening to the coaches often takes me back to some amazing music teachers I had in high school and college. Yes, they taught me about music, but in teaching me about music, they taught me so much more about life and inspired me more than they’ll ever know. And bonus, we had fun along the way! So, I wanted to share with you some of the lessons that I’m taking away from the Voice. I think of these lessons in the context of my business right now because that is what my whole life is about at the moment, and a lot of what the coaches say I can apply to my business. But you can take these lessons and apply them to almost any area of your life. Join me as I share my lessons from the Voice!

One of the biggest takeaways we get from the blind auditions is two-fold: 

Never think you know what someone is like or what they are capable of based off of their looks, and never let yourself fit into the boxes people may try to put around you based off of how you dress or how big or small you are.

I think we were all blown away by Jordan Smith singing Chandelier. I mean, amazing right?! And how in heaven’s name does such a rich deep voice come out of tiny Siahna Im? I mean, I don’t know about you but I had to keep picking my mouth up off the floor and making a conscious effort to blink so my eyes didn’t get stuck wide open.

photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

The thing is, they both know the perceptions people often have of them, but they don’t let themselves be shaped by that. They know what they are capable of and what they’re good at and want to do and they go for it. You do that! You bust out of whatever box you or others are putting around you and you go do what you’re good at and you will touch people. You will make a difference.

I really like that it’s a blind audition because when people hear me talk they underestimate me. They’re like ‘She’s just a little girl.’
— Siahna Im
I haven’t always been the coolest person. . . . I’ve had to learn that being different is what make me special. It’s my gift. And so this for me is just an amazing opportunity to share that it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to be yourself because you’re made that way, and that’s how God intended you to be
— Jordan Smith

Courage. It takes courage to go stand in line and audition for a big hit national TV show. It takes courage to walk out on that stage on national TV in front of some of the biggest names in the music industry and know that you may get rejected in front of millions of people. But what takes even more courage is coming back a second time like Ivonne Acero. That takes some serious major cojones. I love seeing a contestant come back, but I also get so nervous for them. What if they fail a second time? That would be so humiliating. But they do it anyways.

Their passion is stronger than their fear, and it drives them forward.

photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

They keep getting up after they fall down. We often only see the pinnacle of people’s success. We don’t see how many times they fell. But with the Voice, we get to go on a little bit of that journey with someone, and realize that if they can get up and fight for their dreams again in front of millions, we can to. Yes, falling in front of your friends and family numerous times can be humiliating. But keep getting up and keep fighting for the dream that God has placed in your heart. You will succeed eventually, and you will make a difference.

As soon as I got home from my audition I was like, ‘Okay, it’s time to work.’ . . . .The pressure’s on now. I definitely feel like this time, I better get a chair.

Determination. We see loads of it on this show, but Ellie Lawrence and Koda Wade stood out to me. It’s not that they don’t really have a back up plan. Anyone can go out and get a job if they really need to to pay the bills and eat. But not having a big back up plan, ripping that security blanket out from under your self, can be very motivating. It’s a driving force. It makes you work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. You have to succeed or else you’re in trouble.

You have to believe in yourself. You have to have faith.

There is no back up plan for me because I know this is what I want to do
— Koda Wade
photo by: nbc.com/thevoice

photo by: nbc.com/thevoice

I don’t have a back up plan.
This is going to
— Ellie Lawrence
photo by: nbc.com/thevoice

photo by: nbc.com/thevoice

I recently quit my day job. I’ve been getting up at 4 am every day and going to bed at 11. I don’t want to go back to that job, and I don’t want to be living by a thread financially. You can bet your booty, I’m working mine off because I have no back up plan. I have to succeed and I will. I don’t want to go back to where I was. I want to make a difference.

There’s so many more things I could share with you from these past two days of watching the Voice Premiere, but I’ll leave you with those for now. I can’t wait til next week to hear some more amazing talent, great advice, and be inspired. If you’re not watching you should definitely tune in!

I’d love to hear about your favorite singers on the Voice or some of the advice or quotes that inspire you from the show whether it’s from the contestants or the coaches. Leave it in the comments below!

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