What Iggy Azalea Can Teach You About Risk

At the age of twenty-four, Iggy Azalea is on top of the world. Her singles are riding high on the American charts. She has had a string of high-profile boyfriends and modeling campaigns, and is presumably set for life. All of this is a complete one-eighty degree turn from where her life was ten years ago. Or is it?

At the age of fourteen, Iggy was just Amethyst Kelly, a high-school dropout from a dysfunctional family working as a hotel housekeeper in rural Australia. She was in love with rap music, an odd calling for a white Australian girl. She was bullied at school and there was no guarantee that the world would love the music she created. However, Amethyst thought of herself as a rap star even then, maybe even as Iggy Azalea, with all the struggles just as part of the package. At sixteen she pooled her savings and traveled one-way to America, working throughout the country on a tourist visa until her rap career took off several years later.

Although on the surface Iggy’s adventure seems terribly dangerous and unrealistic, the opposite was actually true. If she had felt that she was on the cusp of failure, she could have returned to Australia and received an equivalency degree. She was at no risk of physical harm; she almost definitely stayed with friends and acquaintances until she felt ready to support herself. In many cases, friends and acquaintances are a lot less dangerous than someone’s family. Even if her visa had expired, she could have made music on the Internet from Australia. Doubtless she didn’t walk into clubs and introduce herself as the next big deal. There was still a lot of work involved on the music side of things.

Effort equals reward, and the steps to achieve your goals can be taken immediately. Don’t let risk stand in your way, because risks are often nonexistent. People get way too caught up feeling that they need some credentials before they can move on to what they really want. Or feeling that someone needs to choose them. Iggy just followed her dreams, and now she is the one that does the choosing.

No matter who you are, waiting for someone to give you what you want is always a lousy method, whether it’s a promotion or marriage or whatever. If you’re not hurting anyone, why can’t you start doing what you want now? There usually is no answer, other than “I can.” Why can’t the people around you be part of your plans? Why can’t you be part of theirs? Most importantly, what will happen if you all wait to start?

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