A few days ago, I was sitting in my sitting room, reading the latest news in the world when a headline struck my attention. It was about Daft Punk’s splitting up after 28 years. I did not recall the members of this band at first, but when I googled it and listened to a few of their songs on YouTube and I remembered them!
It was such an exciting moment for me because I grew up listening to their funky beat and light vocal tones. The moment I thought I found them again was actually the beginning of losing them forever. And this was such a big disappointment for me.
Do you wonder why? Then, let me tell you a few things about them first.
Formed in Paris, in 1993, Daft Punk is comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The French duo has had great success. Over the years, they have won six Grammy Awards, launched international hits with One More Time, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and Get Lucky, stayed at the number one spot on music charts, and worked with many music legends.
So in here, you can ask what Daft Punk can teach you about success. Whether you like their music style or not, I am sure you will find surprisingly useful things about them that you can adapt to your life or business.
Here are five things they can teach you about success in life and business.
1- The bad things don’t always spoil the good things.
In a famous British weekly music magazine, one reporter made a negative review of Daft Punk’s music in 1993. He called it “a daft punky thrash”. For most newbies, such negative comments are very discouraging. They can easily end one’s career even before it literally starts. But this didn’t happen to our duo. Instead, they found this review funny and made it their band’s name.
The lesson here is don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what you love. See the good things in the bad things, take your lesson, and move forward.
2- Find the right person/company to help you rise.
Any musician, whether they are at the beginning of their career or the top of it, need a manager. So did Daft Punk. They were lucky to find Pedro Winter as he frequently promoted them at his nightclubs. Later on, they signed with one of the most famous production companies, Virgin Records, and became globally known.
So, always communicate your needs and choose someone who understands, respects, and supports you. You must trust that you can create or scheme your dreams, not by changing to please others, but by embracing integrity.
3- Learn a new language.
Like everyone else, Daft Punk was influenced by many sources. The duo said that the records motivated him to learn English as a second language. It is not enough to understand the rhythm. You need to understand the meaning behind the lyrics. Therefore, it is possible to state that their motivation has helped them be world stars.
Likewise, many people lose their potential job opportunities, just because they don’t know English or another language as their second language. Don’t let learning a new language be an obstacle for you. Let it be a step to success.
4- Be open to try new things.
Following the 2000s, Daft Punk started to focus on various projects such as performing on stage with Kanye West, making music for the video game DJ Hero, appearing in the game as playable characters and composing tracts for the film Tron: Legacy.
Yes! Instead of composing only disco music, the duo participated in a wide range of projects which took them to the Ordre des Arts et des Letters in the end. The purpose of this order is to recognize significant contributions made to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields. And Daft Punk was awarded the rank of Chevalier.
Is it unbelievable? No, it isn’t. By trying new things, you will have a better chance to discover yourself more. So, get out of your comfort zones, discover something that you love doing and be creative and different from the others in a positive way. Even if you cannot become a knight, you will surely achieve something good in the end.
5- Have fun.
Everyone knows that Daft Punk uses masks, space suits, and visual components associated with their musical productions. The reason why they use such costumes and helmets is to excite their audience. It is also very fun to look like extraterrestrial people with superpowers.
So, no matter who you are or what you do, always include fun elements to your life and business. You will not only enjoy yourself more, but also attract people’s attention, which may bring with it beautiful other things.
To sum up, there are lots of things that we can learn from Daft Punk. The last one is “knowing when to stop”. On 22 February 2021, Daft Punk released a video entitled “Epilogue” on their YouTube channel. The duo said farewell to each other in a desert. The scene was highly dramatic.
When you feel you run out of creativity, or you don’t enjoy the things as you used to, then it is time to stop and set sail for the new adventures.