Music, Arts & Entertainment

Mental Toughness


Lesson time 11:51 min

The road to yes is paved with a thousand no's. Learn how to navigate the pitfalls that line the path to success, and build the inner drive to lead you on your own journey.

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Topics include: Persistence • Getting past failures and obstacles • Dealing with haters • Working through stage fright • Meditation


I'm a 24/7 worker. I'm always moving, I'm always thinking, I'm always working. I'm always building. I'm always conceptualizing. I'm always thinking. That's who I am. I try not to fight it. I try to find things that I feel will help me manage that process. If I had a thought in my mind, if I saw something that was motivational to me, I used it. And I put it out there, I moved forward, I believed in myself, I entered the talent show. You know? I sang to a stranger, you know. I introduced myself as an artist. I began to tell myself, one day I'm going to be somebody. One day I'm going to make it. One day I'm going to have that opportunity and I'm going to be ready for it because I've done everything that I have to do in order to be ready for it. I've dedicated my time, my life, and my energy in being the best that I possibly can, being ready for that moment, being ready for that one shot that came. And hey man if you do that, if you tell yourself these things, I guarantee you you'll be moving in a positive direction. I can't promise it will happen overnight, but I can promise you that it will happen. [USHER SINGING] Any artist who tells you they haven't failed, they're lying. You are greeted with many, many no's before you get a yes. Everybody starts from a perspective of having to prove something. You are as good as your last performance, right? So you've had what you perceive to be success. And then you fail, someone was better than you. OK, maybe their voice was better. Maybe the audience favored them because they did what they needed to do. But the most important part in the perception of failure if you did not have a successful performance the last time, is to forgive yourself. You cannot pay for a mistake every time you sing. You have to forgive yourself and move past it. Hey, that happened then, here's another opportunity. That doesn't mean you give up. That means you have to go back at it, go look at what you did, and find the flaws. And then you work on them. I've more failures than I've actually had successes, which is why I always get back up and I keep going. As I said, in my mind a lot of times I'm already in my head about it. Am I going to do this? I try to avoid all those things. I try to put that out of my mind and then project something positive every time I come back to the stage, every time I come back to the performance, every time I come back to that song. I can tell you from my perspective that everything that I've experienced is a result of what I felt, my connection. And what I've recognized is that everything that you perceive as a flaw becomes valuable in time. Flaws are beautiful as the rewards of having the greatest moments in your life. Appreciating everything that has happened, good or bad, and making it work for you. It's easy for me to tell you that ...

About the Instructor

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.

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In his first ever online class, Usher teaches you his personal techniques to captivate audiences across 16 video lessons.

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