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Rebellion Is In The Eye Of The Observer, Not The Beholder …
February 5, 2013, 6:13 am
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I love this.

I love his attitude, approach and hunger.

It reminded me of the Harrison Ford interview I posted about a while back.

People who know the value of value.

Who can distinguish respect from popularity.

Who appreciate the need to earn it, not expect it.

Who are true to who they are, not who they are expected to be.

The ad industry could do with thinking about this. I reckon we’d all be better for it.

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When someone rebels by being academic, you know their background is different to most people. It’s a great article but my favourite quote of his is, “you can get a foot in the door by being George Harrison’s son, but you can’t stay there.”

I always think fear is a great motivator. The concern that you might be called out if you don’t keep working at improving each and every day. Whether that is something that is possible doesn’t matter, it’s the mindset and attitude that counts because it keeps you fresh, nimble and relevant.

You say the ad industry should learn from this. I say it stretches much further than just them.

Comment by Pete

Digital strategists should learn from this.

They walk around thinking they’re the masters of the universe and confusing “they’re shit” for “they’re the shit.”

Comment by DH

I hope people notice I said digital strategists, not just strategists. I’ll give your lot something Rob, you’re not stupid enough to put yourselves in a box that can see you go from flavour of the month to relic in a blink of an eye. I guess that’s real planning.

Comment by DH

You’ve changed.

Comment by Billy Whizz

You haven’t.

Comment by DH

Fear is a great motivator … but maybe ‘nervousness’ is a better word as fear has so many connotations. Mind you, so does ‘nervousness’ given this can often lead to people taking the safer option than continually pushing forward to give them the illusion they are more in control of what might happen in the future.

Comment by Rob

And I can honestly say I am ‘nervous’. Not in a scared way, but in a ‘what do I have to do to ensure I continue to be relevant, respected and valued’. Yeah … yeah … you can all take the piss, but that genuinely does drive me because I know that history, at least in this industry, doesn’t count for much and I have mortgages to support, ha.

Comment by Rob

I find it interesting that many of the people I’ve met who are really good at what they do have told me about the feelings of nervousness or fear they have about their future.

Comment by Pete

Dhani proves brains don’t mean you’re clever.

Comment by DH

That’s like that quote by Lucille Ball …

“If a man correctly guesses the age of a woman, he may be smart, but he’s not very bright.”

Comment by Rob

He’s got a girls name.

Comment by Billy Whizz

There is a counter argument that Dhani was not a rebel, his father was simply a child. After all, there are millions of kids who choose to study at university and many thousands who attend Brown.

Comment by George

Fair point, but not many kids have incredibly wealthy parents who openly encourage them to shun education for a life of indulgence and family adventure.

Comment by Pete

I know you both work at happy towers and George is the nicest man in the World (or Mountain View) but I don’t know if disagreeing with your boss in public is the best career move Pete.

Brave. But not good.

Comment by DH

I don’t know if I would say George is the nicest man alive but he was certainly the nicest between Andy and Rob.

Any news on Andy’s daughter?

Comment by Bazza

It’ not my place to go into too much detail, but there has been an operation and the early signs are positive. The next 48 hours are very important so spare them a thought.

Comment by George

Good to hear.

Comment by Bazza

I don’t know how people can call George nice when he’s basically just dissed one of the Beatles. And not even McCartney – who, if anyone, is definitely worth dissing.

Comment by Rob

Didn’t you used to call him the Andrew Ridgely of the Beatles? Sacrilege.

Comment by Pete

I have had the pleasure of meeting Dhani and this article represents him well. I agree that many industries could benefit by adopting his attitude.

Comment by Lee Hill

Show off!

Comment by Rob

Just seen your team manager resigned after 40 days. The nottingham effect strikes again.

Comment by DH

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