You have Michael Jackson to thank for the classic Queen song “Another One Bites The Dust”.
We’ll get to that in a second.
Advice is a funny thing.
Everybody has an opinion, but is hearing it really good for you? How do you keep your eyes on the road when you have backseat drivers shouting directions?
On one hand, I recommend that any entrepreneur equip themselves with a set of blinders, the kind horses wear in races.
You can’t afford to let the bastards bring you down and steer you off course. Illegitimi non carborundum.
On the other hand, you need to have mentors and advisors that you can trust, people with opinions you value more than currency itself.
Those trusted advisors might not be the obvious choices. My inner-circle of trusted advisors includes a dentist, an oil field expert, and a stock trader.
For Queen, trusted advice came from Michael Jackson.
The band had just recorded “Another One Bites The Dust”, a song written by bass player John Deacon. He was inspired by the Chic song “Good Times” (check out the mash-up that proves it), and created a cool bass riff from his inspiration. Deacon himself played almost all of the instruments in the recording session. The band thought the strange little song was fun, but never envisioned it as a hit single.
That’s when Michael Jackson heard them play it in concert. Backstage after the show he suggested to Freddie Mercury that the band promote the song to radio stations. Jackson thought the song would be a big hit.
He was right. “Another One Bites The Dust” is Queen’s all-time best-selling single with over 7 million copies sold. It was a worldwide #1 pop hit and even hit #2 on the R&B charts. The song was nominated for a Grammy and won the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single.
Queen listened to Michael Jackson’s advice.
Who do you listen to?
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