A Conversation with Academy Award winner, Common

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Photo taken by Dekonti Davies

 

Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Common visited my school (University of Missouri) and spoke about greatness. He was truly a great speaker and had the audience cheering on more than one occasion.

As a special treat, he began with a freestyle, incorporating elements of our Mizzou culture like Sandy from Plaza, College Ave and Rollins and the Berg (if you go to Mizzou you know what I’m talking about).

Then he proceeded to tell us about greatness (how to be our best selves).

Here are the five things that I took away:

1. Don’t allow others to dim your light

It’s very easy to want to please someone that you love to the point where you don’t take care of yourself. He mentions that when he was in a relationship with Erykah Badu, he would often dim his light in order to not make her mad. If we want to be the best we sometimes have to let go of those people that are holding us back.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

When Common was 12, he played basketball but he wasn’t very good. He would try to play it off by pretending he had a stomach ache, but his uncle (the coach) caught on and told him that if he wanted to be good at something he had to work hard on it.

3. Believe in Yourself

You are your biggest supporter. If you don’t believe in yourself then no one else will. Common said that once he started believing in himself, he started to have a better outlook on life, especially when he released the album Be.

4. Finding Your Path Isn’t Easy

Trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life is not easy. Common originally thought he wanted to be a basketball player, but once he was introduced to hip-hop, he knew that was his path.

5. There Will Be Haters

No matter what you do, there will always be someone doubting you. That doubt can even come from within yourself, but you have to believe in yourself and be confident in your abilities.

Seeing Common was exciting, have you met any celebrities? If so, comment below. If not, who is a celebrity that you would like to meet?

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