This is my current state posted up in the library. Probably looks familiar to most of you at least at some point of the semester. First week back and it already seems I have a boat load of work, but don’t let this fool you. Even though I always get my work done on time, but just like any other college student I can be the world’s biggest procrastinator from time to time. What am I really doing right now? Even though my computer screen is on my email account in this snap, what my computer screen is REALLY on is the VMA’s. That’s right; I am taking a quick study break to re-watch some of my favorite moments from the VMA’s that came on this past Sunday night. There were many influential moments, and maybe some not so influential moments, but the one that stood out to me the most was this generation’s King of pop himself—Justin Timberlake. Yes, he has impeccable fashion, charisma, charm and saucy looks but you might ask why, is J.T. important enough for me to write about?
Before I get to in depth, let’s just rewind back to the late 90’s when N*SYNC came onto the scene. Since then, Justin has branched out in his solo career and marketed himself in the appropriate manner making you want to keep up with what he is doing. He has also successfully been able to call himself a triple threat of singing, dancing and acting. The only thing I could think of while he performed his mash-up of hits from the past decade was how truly talented and dedicated he was not only to his work, but his professional image. There are very few stars in today’s industry that are extremely successful whilst maintaining a clean, crisp and admirable image. Justin has an exquisite level of modesty that never comes off boastful or annoying. I think all these traits are very important to possess not only in the entertainment industry, but in the business world as well. Too many people get caught up in the superficial image of what professionalism is in business. You can buy the most expensive suit or briefcase, but genuine professionalism is the sincerity of how you treat and interact with others, and the standard you set for yourself to better yourself time after time. Throughout the many years (since we were children) I don’t think Justin has had a single downfall or crazy outrage like the majority of other childhood stars, or just entertainers in the industry in general. I don’t mean there isn’t room for mistakes, because let’s face it; EVERYONE is going to make a mistake here and there, but it’s the way you handle it, hold yourself and move on. For example; his break up with the Queen of pop herself, Britney Spears. Taking a negative thing and turning it into growth and perspective in a respectable way in all aspects of life, and business is key. How could you forget Cry Me A River? It was so successful it won a Grammy in 2004 and hit number 1 on the top Billboards just to name a few. This is a prime example of taking a public failure and gracefully turning it into success. Do you know a single person that does not respect J.T., or even groove and sing a long a little bit when his songs come on? Me neither. To me, that is someone’s work ethic I aspire to acquire within time throughout my career.
“I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what they do. I’ve done well, but the reason is pretty simple: I’ve worked my butt off. Anything I’ve done well has taken many, many hours of preparation. And then the trick, of course, is making that work look invisible. The toughest thing a performer can do is make it look as if it comes easy. You have to devote yourself 100 percent when you’re figuring stuff out, whether it’s with sports or music-or movies, which has been the main focus for me lately. (Source: imdb.com, 2011)”.
Above is a quote Justin spoke on about his work ethic. Who doesn’t love this guy?! And I’m not just saying that because I am a girl and have raging hormones whenever thinking about his smooth moves or dreamy voice. This quote in itself inspires me to kick my work ethic into high drive and put forth my best effort into anything I do. To me, anyone that inspires you to use building blocks to get to the top in the right ways and has work that stays embedded in your head, even years later is a true gem of a business icon. On that note, back to the books!
Blog by: Haley Nowlin