Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Harry Styles
Harry Styles is an English singer, songwriter and actor. After joining the boy band One Direction, which went on to become one of the best-selling boy bands of all time before going on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, Styles released his self-titled debut solo album through Columbia Records in 2017. It debuted at number one in the UK and the US and was one of the world’s top-ten best-selling albums of the year. Styles just released his third album, Harry’s House (2022), which spawned the chart-topping single “As It Was”. Throughout his career, Styles has received several accolades, including two Brit Awards, a Grammy Award, an Ivor Novello Award, and an American Music Award. Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war film Dunkirk. Aside from music and acting, he is known for his flamboyant fashion. He is the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue magazine.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Harry Styles
[2:48] Tip #1
“Yeah, I think the biggest thing that resonated with me, I can’t remember what I think it was, maybe like the Emmys or something and Mikayla, call one. And she said, like, you know, don’t confuse visibility with success. I think it’s so it’s just like, it can’t be put better than that. And it’s not an easy place to get to, because it’s a world where like, we all just want to be loved. And then inside that, like music is an industry where everyone really wants to be loved. And everyone’s just kind of like, you know, gagging for it. And that kind of positive reinforcement. I think what is so exciting and dangerous about it is that you put so much love into an industry, it’s so fickle, and like it loves you back when you’re doing well. And like if you’re not just out.”
[3:51] Tip #2
“You’re never going to be up here forever. So you better find something else that makes you happy, because the best people who are truly like unicorns of music are the ones who do it. And then gone, so you never see them anywhere else. And eventually, they’re up here. enough that when they come back in mass, and for a really long time, I was terrified of what my life was if I wasn’t up here doing music, like on a show doing something, and then you’re faced with a time when you can’t do that. And the great leveler of like doesn’t matter how much money you have, doesn’t matter where you live, doesn’t matter. This doesn’t matter that you can’t travel, you can’t do this, you can’t go outside your house. It’s like suddenly, you’re forced to not be this musician guy. You’re forced to be like a friend and a brother and a son, and all of those things and actually feel like you know, kind of had a little bit of a chance to follow cuz on that at least for a moment, and just stop and kind of take in a lot of stuff and remember things and you kind of gifted this stolen time and you feel like I can get a head start, I can just start making stuff. And I kind of stopped for a second and looked at what I tend to listen to and what I was watching and all that kind of stuff and was like, what does it actually mean to make something? And what does it mean to me to make something as my job?”
[5:41] Tip #3
“I think, I think generally just trying, I know, like, at times, you know, you can’t, you can’t, there’s no version of kind of getting everything perfect Lee, but I think trying to just find like, a healthier balance in my life is what I’m kind of striving for all the time. So I think whether that’s like taking enough time to be with friends, or taking enough time to be by myself, or, you know, things like that, and I think even little things for me, I guess, the, you know, some of the stuff that I guess, was kind of specifically for my kind of mental well being, I guess like I used to, I was used to like Miss therapy and stuff because I would just, I don’t know, you know, work stuff would happen, and then kind of get away from me. And I didn’t prioritize it. And now I think I like to block it out like that sometimes. I’m gonna like take for myself, and I think like sleeping and, like, making sure I have time to like exercise. And, yeah, I think you want to obviously be making, making anything from a place of a kind of feeling somewhat good. So I think like I always used to kind of, you know, I’d block out to make sure that I had time to exercise and stuff like that. And I think I kind of just saw it as like, why do I do that my body and not my brain.”
[7:29] Tip #4
“I think like one, someone told me one time, like you should take your craft very seriously. And don’t take yourself seriously. Oh, so I think there’s something about like, making sure that if you’re going to make something, put it out, that is how you want it to be I don’t, I don’t think it’s like, Oh, it’s fine enough. So just put it out. It’s just kind of not how I think about it. But at the same time, I think especially when it comes to stuff like an album that is you know, obviously subjective and stuff, it’s kind of like making it perfect, it doesn’t really exist. So you can kind of tinker with it, especially in the end stages. So much. And it turns out, it’s kind of like trying to get like a bubble out of a water mattress or something you just can’t like, if you turn something up over here, then it means this is too and then you need to like adjust this. And so you can do that forever. And I think a lot of ways, like albums, are never finished. They just kind of take it from you. But this was the one where I felt like a place where I was like, Okay, I’m really happy to take it now. And then I’ll just accept that it’s done.”
[8:53] Tip #5
“I think one of my, one of my favorite things that a friend of mine told me was remembering that everything that people say about you isn’t true, whether they say that you are horrific. It’s not true. And if they tell you that you’re the best thing ever, it’s not true. You know, I think that that was a big thing for me, I think. I think, you know, there are a lot of things that I want to do. And there’s a lot of music, I want to make things I want to do, but I don’t I don’t want to make it from a place of trying to kind of prove myself all the time to people that a lot of the time. I don’t know. So I think, you know, we’d say something before the show, like everything to achieve and nothing to prove. And that’s kind of what I’m trying to come from.”
[9:58] Tip #6
“think also just overseas like accepting that, like, Happiness isn’t this kind of final resting place like life is about? Yeah, the peaks and troughs. And I think the same with music, you start out and everyone kind of, you know, tells you, you have this place. Like if you do it like this for a few years, you get to this place, and you can do whatever you want. And it’s like, if you just do what you want, that place exists, but if you’re like chasing this thing and think that if I keep jumping through hoops, I’ll get to this place where I get to do whatever I want. You have to just keep jumping through hoops until someone’s like, alright, yeah, and one of my friends kind of said, If you’re happy doing what you’re doing, then nobody can tell you you’re not successful. I mean, it’s so obvious, but it’s also the kind of thing were probably four years ago if someone had said that to me, I’d be like, okay, you know, if you get to make stuff that you’re passionate about and you get to make something that makes you happy, then you’re happy and no one can call you successful which is you.”
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