I remember watching this video a few years ago at the library in an attempt to do some last minute studying for a mid-term. While I was preparing myself not to fail an accounting exam, Mike was miles away creating magic that would eventually allow him to live his dream. He had me doubting what was I doing with my life.
It didn't take long before the rest of campus was walking around playing Mike Posner on their ipods. Other than Duke, his alma mater, I can't imagine another University representing harder than Ohio University. After his performance at 7Fest, the love became mutual as Mike showed his appreciation by sporting an OU basketball jersey in his music video, Please Don't Go.
Today, Posner released his latest music video, A Perfect Mess off his recent mixtape, The Layover.
These are the words of someone who has "made it". It is a story told by someone who is now living their dream. We have all had those moments in the dorm room when we truly believed our dreams would someday become reality. Unfortunately, most of us give up on these dreams because of the pressure that comes with earning a college degree. It has been challenging for myself to continue the constant grind in order to put myself in a position to fulfill my career aspirations. Music like this provides me with the motivation that reminds me of the big picture.
It has always been my intention to establish a platform in which I could inspire others. At times I probably come off a little too arrogant. Unlike most, I view arrogance through a different lens. To me, arrogance is that extra confidence one has to verbally express self-trust. I believe in myself more than anyone else. I think this is how it should be. When you carry yourself with a certain arrogance, you put all the pressure on your shoulders. There is no one else to blame for your failure. If you don't give off a specific level of self-pride or confidence, no one else will believe in you. To be honest, my arrogance is the one thing that has kept me from giving up on my dreams.
This may be the greatest lesson I have learned from Posner as a person, as well as through his music. It is obvious he has extreme confidence in himself, but he masks this confidence with the presence of his humbleness. We can all learn from it. As a culture, we tend to forget about the things that really matter when we reach a certain level of success.
It has been rewarding to watch Posner's popularity grow over the past 2 years. Not much has changed. He has stayed true to himself while silently smiling at those who didn't believe in him. He has provided us with a guide to his success. And success comes with a price. There will be people who support you, and there will be those who want you to lose it all.
This song gives us a glimpse of his journey.... The Perfect Mess....
Oh yea, I plan on telling the story from when Posner performed at Ohio University last October during Homecoming Weekend... you will have to wait for that. For the record, he really doesn't have bodyguards.
And shoutout to Mike for performing at Muskingum University in April.