U2 continues to give us a sterling example of extra ordinary (I know it’s technically one word). There is nothing normal about this team of four. Teamed together now for 42 years, this teams identity has evolved while remaining anchored to a worldview that appears dug into depths seemingly unimaginable. These guys are not going away. Way back in 2014, the band allowed themselves to be distracted. They were flowing and right in the middle of finishing their album Songs of Innocence when Nelson Mandela went and died. The request came almost immediately for U2 to author a song in their friends honor. They took next to no time to decide to drop everything and write the song titled Ordinary Love to honor Mandela. Listening to Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer) describe the U2 decision making process is particularly illuminating to who they are. “It was hard to stop what we were doing. We were on a roll. It was clear where we were going. And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this.”
And so they did.
U2 dropped everything and focused all their creative energy toward making a single for a friend. The track is extra ordinary. Another track is titled Invisible and is described by Bono as the way they as a band felt when they were starting out years ago. Funny, regardless what you or I may think about this team of four, one thing we almost certainly share is simply this – we see them. And they are not ordinary.
Remember, our aim is not to be normal. We want you to discover the depths in you and author an opus worth striving toward. We cannot predict the size or scope of your audience. It will be real, hard, work. You will experience adversity. You will have to deal with distractions some good and some not so good. And, as you get after your craft and live a life worth living we know a little something about you and your bands journey. Let this sink in and encourage you. Here it is. Do not miss this. A few will be with U2. All it takes is a few to make something extra ordinary. Stop worrying about winning over the masses or taking giant leaps for mankind. As I reminded the Choice team in practice 290, the road to extra ordinary is not taken in giant leaps but instead a whole bunch of baby steps. Extra ordinary comes through the accumulation of marginal gains. Now that may not sound sexy, but it’s truth. There are not hacks to frog leap forward, just lots of baby steps of PA that you turn into productive disciplines. Then and only then will you know when to abandon ship and when to go full steam ahead. U2 is a great example. You too are as well. Keep working. I see you. Good.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…