I was browsing on you tube the other day, and came across a video with lots of big hair, that took me back into my past and reminded me of an important goal achievement tip on the edge of a broken heart…
The video was of girl rock group Vixen. A real American ‘hair metal’ band, formed with a distinct Bon Jovi flavour, and the video showed them doing a live version of my favourite song of theirs, Edge Of A Broken Heart. Here’s the video:
Tall sassy American girls, playing a pop/rock song with all the ingredients to be massive. In the video, Janet the singer talks of a trip to Europe. Well, on that trip to Europe, they visited the headquarters of their record company, EMI, in London – guess who was working at EMI at the time…
They swished into the office all haired and heeled up, so made a big impression, in more ways than one.
Janet literally draped herself over my desk and said “Hi, I’m Janet, and I’m the singer.”
I knew who she was, so I replied “ You can break my heart any day of the week, love.”
Ok, that’s a lie, I didn’t say that.
I actually picked up the phone, handed it to her, and told her that if she dialled 9 she would get through to someone who cared.
Ok, that’s a lie too, I didn’t say that either.
In reality I mumbled a ‘hello’, as I was busy picking my jaw up off the floor, and I dribbled a little bit.
When I got home, my girlfriend asked if anything interesting had happened at work.
‘No?’ I offered.
I really liked that song, it could have been much bigger than it was – co written by Richard Marx, who also produced and played on it, it has a no nonsense key change which pushed my buttons. I still like it now.
It was meant to explode them in Europe, but it didn’t quite happen. The music industry back then was as hard as it is now, and EMI put their full weight behind it, for one week, as one of their 2 singles of the week.
In that position, the song really has to take hold and build its’ own momentum in that week, or it’s done. The momentum never did take hold, and the breakthrough for Vixen didn’t happen.
They weren’t exactly failures. Plenty of tours, mixing headline shows with support slots for Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Kiss, Deep Purple – nothing to be sniffed at there!
They must have been getting ever close to that breakthrough, when the dreaded ‘musical differences’ came in, and they split up.
So, what’s the goal achievement tip? Well, long time readers of mine will know that it’s screaming out (much like Janet) (in a nice way)…
It’s that you must be prepared to put in the hard work, but that hard work will not always guarantee success. They put in the hard work ok, some serious hard work, but despite all the ingredients being in place, that next level success they wanted remained tantalisingly out of reach.
This was due to elements outside their control. All *they* could do was play the music, and do what they were told promotionally. The rest was up to others.
Who knows what might have happened if they hadn’t split – they did try a couple of reunions, but the moment had gone.
Look to your own goal. You may not want to be a big rock star, but whatever your goal, are you prepared to put in the really hard work, all the while accepting the possibility that the goal might not happen?
It’s a key attitude to have in place as you move forward – take a quick look at the video if you haven’t – check out that nifty key change at the end, imagine me gazing up in wonder at Janet’s *massive*… hairdo…, and consider your own goal at the ‘Edge Of A Broken Heart!
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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