Prince — Brilliance needs Difficulty to Shine

How your Best Performances are the Ones Delivered under Difficult Circumstances

OK, I confess. I’ve always had a soft spot for Prince’s music. It brings me right back to those college discos. All the cool kids (and yes, of course I was one) strutting their stuff on the dance floor to “Kiss” or “Raspberry Berret.” Fun nights!!

But what surprised me about his death is the specific event that over 12million people are remembering him for.

It was 4th of February, 2007. Venue — Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens. Two teams, at the peak of their game were playing to win Super Bowl XLI. The Indianapolis Colts were facing the Chicago Bears. For both teams this was their first Super Bowl in years and there was a lot at stake. And Mother Nature was about to make the game a lot more challanging.

On the evening of the 3rd of February it started to rain. Torrential rain. And it rained the whole morning of the 4th. Weather forecasters declared that this would be the first Super Bowl to be played in the rain.

And they were correct.

So how is Prince connected? Well, he was to provide the half-time entertainment. His stage was to be set-up in the midde of the pitch and he’d perform for 8 mins. Now the rain was threatening months of planning.

On outdoor concert in such heavy rain would be a nightmare; difficult, unpleasant and potentially dangerous.

Fearing the worst the half-time production team called Prince. They informed him of the situation. To which he responded

“Can you make it rain harder?”

And when Prince stepped onto the stage later that day it was raining even harder. But despite the terrible conditions he delivered a stunning performance to hundreds of millions of people.

Would 13million people be remembering this as his stand-out performance if it had been bright, warm and sunny? Probably not.

So here it is, Prince’s Super Bowl XLI show. Enjoy!!! And when you’re next facing difficulty, remember that this could be your moment to shine. Maybe you already have. What have you learned from your difficult performances?

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