Diamonds & Pearls: The Gems Prince Left With Us

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April 21, 2016 will be a day in which many will never forget, as that was the day another legend had parted from his earthly form. I would be exaggerating if I stated that I was a huge Prince fan but I can stand in the #sweettruth and say that I have had different periods throughout my life where my interest had been piqued by this amazing artist, the first time being December 10, 1999 when he was doing an interview on CNN.

I vividly remember his mystique that exuded through the television as he sat with a black ensemble trimmed in gold with an interesting gold ear-cuff, his symbol adorned on a chain down his chest and hair “slayed by the gawds.” Unfortunately it is posthumously that I have actually set aside time to do the much needed research required to truly hold him to a high regard. In this research, I have watched and read the few interviews were done with Prince to get a better understanding of not only the type of artist he was, but also the type of person he was.
From these interviews, I have found three gems that we can all take from Prince and treasure:

Gem #1: Strive for Excellence

“Everyone is talented at something and that’s what makes the world go around…” In case this isn’t common knowledge, Prince played 27 instruments on his first album. Please, let that piece of knowledge just marinate with you for a second. In an Arsenio Hall interview, Prince spoke of his early decision to pursue his passion while telling a story about being broke. In that story, he described being so broke at age 16 that he was going through the yellow pages looking for work and realized he did not want to do any of the work that was listed. It was in that moment that he decided he was going to push as hard as he could to be a musician.  It is not enough to have passion but one must truly commit to the grind and put in the necessary work in order to be successful at it. Prince believed that “success is what you want it to be” and I believe that in order to reach our individual interpretation of success, striving for excellence and perfecting our craft, whatever it may be, is imperative to reaching that perceived success.

 

Gem #2: Be Yourself

“A strong spirit transcends rules.”

I find it ironic that in the midst of a society debating gender roles and having so many proponents and opponents over them, that so many people regardless of their stance on those issues, were huge fans of an artist who explored, and confidently might I add, gender roles and gender norms. An artist whom could dawn mascara, eyeliner and a ruffled shirt and still be the sexiest man alive to so many women and whose sex appeal was probably enviable by men.

I believe that it speaks to the power he had to transcend all perceived barriers/ constraints/boxes that we, as humans, like to put one another inside of just by being unapologetically himself.

Before one can truly live unapologetically in their true self, one must actually learn who they are, which sometimes is easier said than done.

Prince was a very spiritual person and had a very spiritual way of looking at himself, stating in a 1985 Rolling Stones interview that, “I think when one discovers himself, he discovers God.” A profound statement to say the least, but one that holds true, no matter who or what “God” is. Being able to connect and believe in something bigger than yourself allows you to have an unwavering type of confidence in yourself that won’t get shaky due to cursory, or passing, changes.

 

Gem # 3: Stand in Truth
Because #SweetCandorTV stands by highlighting, enlightening and changing lives, I found this piece of advice tailor-made. In an interview with the Guardian, Prince was talking about how it’s harder for people to be lazy with getting accurate information particularly due to the fact that we have the internet. He was quoted saying, “Now it gets embarrassing to say something untrue, because you put it online and everyone knows about it, so it’s better to tell the truth.” As tempting as it is to hang on to everything we read or hear in relation to newsworthy information, it’s better to gain true information, or shall I say the #sweettruth To stand in truth is to also stand in love, and as cliché as that may sound, love is what the world needs more of.

I could quite easily go on and on with even more gems of information that Prince left behind. However I believe that these three are applicable to everyone, no matter your race, religion or political standings. Prince was truly a one-of-a-kind individual and it would behoove all of us to strive to leave our mark on the world as he did.

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” –Prince

Asia

Raised as an army brat, Asia has been blessed with a broad perspective of the world. Filled with wanderlust, she explores all opportunities for positive self growth.

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