3 Life Lessons Taught By David Bowie

Yesterday came the news across the globe that David Bowie had died of cancer at age 69. When I think back on what I’ve read about David Bowie as a person and what he had accomplished in his lifetime, it’s a remarkable amount of reinvention. Below are 3 life lessons we can all apply to ourselves when looking back at David Bowie’s amazing life:

  1. Keep your eye on the road ahead: David Bowie never seemed to look back. When listening to his music in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, etc, it never seemed to repeat itself. He kept moving forward and didn’t seem to dwell on the past by writing music that stuck with any particular genre.
  2. Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself:  His nature for constant change and reinvention insured he wouldn’t be stuck in a particular era of music. He also built an image of himself as “outside the box” of typical performers. He was a singer, actor and was an early internet entrepreneur with BowieNet.
  3. Take more risks: Throughout his life, David Bowie seemed to remain the same person no matter what stage he was on. He built a career out of taking risks. Some paid off, and others may not have but he didn’t let that stop him from taking another risk.


Coaching Questions to ask yourself:

Do you seem to be in the same place as you were at this date last year?

Have you done any reinvention just to shake up the routine of life?

Can you really name the last time we took a big risk?


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