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Final Thoughts


Lesson time 4:51 min

Usher leaves you with the most important takeaways from his MasterClass. He's given you his teachings. Now it's time to put them to work.

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Having a great work ethic is the most important part of being successful. Practice makes perfect. You try, you try, you try until you get it. And for me, I've always been eager to learn, harder on myself than anyone else, always working to perfect and make the most of the moment. It's important for you to set benchmarks for yourself so that you know you're on the right track. The goal should always be to be creative. The goal is the journey. The journey along the way will take you many places if you allow it to. That's been my story. I'm a kid from Chattanooga, Tennessee who just wanted to get the audience's attention. You have that opportunity plus some, to not only use what I'm teaching you in this master class as a practice to prepare for the moment. But then, to be able to share it with the world and it take you far, far, than you could ever imagine. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's always important to be very careful of what your measures of success is, because if it's record sales and you get that, then what do you do? Now you're stuck trying to figure out to top that record sale again. No different than some of the stories that I'd heard about Michael Jackson, selling 40 million albums with Thriller and then coming back right behind it with Bad and selling 20 million albums and not feeling like he was adequate enough. I understand because I went through it, you know? Just the reality of selling that many albums. 10 million albums, selling a diamond album. In the time, it was very difficult to do that, selling 1.1 million units in one week. That doesn't happen. It hadn't happened in such a long time. There was a few artists who've had that-- who were lucky enough to have that. Here is the disadvantage, that every album afterwards is compared to that. For me, my measure of success has always been the journey. The journey has been the destination, not landing at any specific place, be it record sales, recognition, idea, or expansion. For me to do it has always been a pleasure and has always been the reason why I consider myself an artist, because an artist is always growing, he's always evolving. [MUSIC PLAYING] When you get into the space of feeling as though you have nothing to prove, and you are completely living in your creative space, then you're where you need to be. It may take 10 times. It may take 10 years, who knows. You maybe 50 years old and still trying to find that spark. And it's just this one moment that happens and then, boom, it's all there. But your ability to fight through it and continued to fight for that yes and fight for this creativity to be perceived the right way is worth it. It's why you are blessed with the talent that you have. It's why you're hear. I really spent years and years gathering all this information so I could you give it back to you in hopes that you'll be able to use it to creat...

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Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I got over the fear of performing publicly thanks to Usher!

This is a rip-off waste of time. Usher has not responded to "office hours" in months, and the Facebook page for this class in completely unattended.

Great artist. Great guy. So generous with his advice and counsel. Bravo!

Very inspiring, encouraging, affirming, and helpful. Got some new tips in my pocket and some new insights into the business of performing that I will definitely be working to implement into our future performances. Thank you so much for giving and sharing your journey, process, and wisdoms. Blessings! - Kizz


Karin A.

Great class! I find Usher's drive and focus really inspiring. I especially found his ability to be vulnerable and to tell the truth to be very helpful. "Hater's gonna hate" I find myself struggling with the haters. I wish there was more on how to handle them. Especially on social media. Awesome class! Thanks Usher!

Imad S.

As a singer who stands at the beginning of his career I keep studying and looking for new ways to think and work on myself, believe in myself and the process. This particular class raised my belief and patience in and for my goals and dreams to unfold. As a solo artist I tend to become exactly what Usher said not to - stiff in my views and approaches, reluctant to accept styles outside my personal taste. Like using samples I didn't create myself or the usage of autotune. Though I feel it's important to keep my integrity he made me loosen up quite a bit and remember that it's still all good... it's art. He made me look forward to working with a potential label more than I did an hour ago. Afraid of giving up control, now feeling the anticipation of potential collaborative art and joy. Lastly, and most importantly, he reminded me of the one thing I care for the most: Falling in love with my own flaws. The belief that what may be perceived as a flaw now will be my unique way of expressing who I am and how I want to communicate and connect with every single person I get to meet in one way or another. I felt free but slightly stressed about the whole point and future way of my career. This class, Usher took a big fat chunk of this virtual head-space-chaos and pulled it right out. Today, I posted a cover on insta. I have 15k followers. And 40 views. :D Now I give even less of a piece than before. I'll wake up tomorrow with this energy, start the day with a brutal workout and get to work. Thank you Masterclass. Thank you Usher. Really. Imad Super

Angela K.

Wonderful class! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. You have a golden heart.

Natalie F.

WOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!! The Goal is the Journey!!! Thank you Usher that is exactly what I needed to hear!!!! Another thing I loved was when instead of saying, you try and you try and then you move on, nope, he said you try and you try.. AND YOU TRY.. until you get it!!!!! Just brilliant. Thank you so much!


WOW! I can't say enough good things about USHER and Masterclass, I can see why He is so SUCCESSFUL. :) I learned so much more than performance, he taught me about life, positive thinking, goals, the JOURNEY and visualizing the perfect life. : )

Namika N.

Hey Guys! I wrote a song with same chord progression as "Stand By Me" , and also made a YouTube PlayList called 「Stand By Meのコードで作った曲/Songs with same chord progression as “Stand By Me" 」in Japanese and English. Would you like to make a song/songs with same chord progression as "stand by me" and put your songs on the YouTube playlist? If so, please drop your YouTube link! 「Key A」(Use any key you like) ||A      |A      |F#m |F#m | |D       |E      |A       |A       | You just repeat them. Use any key. Thank you🧡 Namika

Juanita B.

This MasterClass has reminded me of the importance of establishing a brand and marketing that brand, which is applicable in any business. As a new Artist Manager in Atlanta, I struggle with getting my client noticed. I also have difficulty getting paid performances, mainly because of the fierce competition in Atlanta. Usher did an amazing job explaining how thinking positive thoughts, setting goals, and having good work ethics, are keys to a successful artist. He is obviously passionate about helping others, which is admirable. Thanks Usher, for sharing your formula to success in the music industry - valuable information. You are indeed a Master!

Ricardo M.

Loved this Masterclass (one of the top 3 so far that I've done)! Usher was such a great, wise & caring teacher. Always mindful that one might not have some finantial resources to do some stuff (for instance) he would always recommend other option with less fortunate people in mind. I was in awe of his humbleness. I can't recommend this enough for all artists out there & not just in the music business. I wish all of my fellow collegues here all the luck in the world - I'm rooting for all of you ! Best wishes to all.


"When you come to a space where you have nothing to prove, and you're just living in your creative space. That's when you're in a good place." LOVE THAT :) I'd say that's first of all an inner space to come to, a mindset one... not an outer space of certain success... that's just the consequence of our authentic expression. Great class!

Lily O.

Your values are so spot on. I love the work ethic, it is something i work so hard to instill in my kids. I can't wait to share this with my 12 year old son. I am so happy to be able to point him to a resource like this where a very successful person like Usher can outline not only the habits and practices which can make a young person successful but also emphasizes empathy (say that 5 times fast!). Our world can be so cold and it is inspiring to hear about connection, relating to others, reading them, and ultimately using your success to build empathy in others. Congrats on the beautiful legacy you have built!