If you’re looking for inspiration, maybe someone to emulate and drive you towards your own success you could do worse by choosing Rhydian as a mentor
This Welsh baritone is the epitome of hard work, dedication and the sheer determination needed in order to succeed. No matter what career he would have chosen himself he was always destined for the top.
At the age of five Rhydian represented his school and county in the Eisteddfod (a traditional Welsh festival of literature, music and performance that dates as far back as the 12th Century) but he didn’t always want to be a singer.
From about 10 years of age he wanted to be a rugby player. He set his sights on being a professional player for a local team (Swansea Ospreys) and dedicated himself to an exercise regime that would see him achieve the title of strongest teenage bench-presser in Wales.
As it turned out he was given another opportunity to pursue a music career after winning a bursary to Birmingham Conservatoire. His dedication and determination to succeed not only saw him graduating with first degree honours in music but eventually he went on to appear in the UK’s version of American Idol, X-Factor and a record deal with Sony BMG. His self-titled first album sold over 600,000 copies.
Despite his phenomenal success he continues in his classical training studies and has recently set his sights on a duet with Christina Aguilera
So What Can We Learn From Rhydian
There are a couple of important points to take away from this tale.
Your dreams and goals may change but don’t let that discourage you. Rhydian wanted to be a rugby player, he could very well have been playing internationally by now. Instead his path led him to being a singer. Not once did he give up on his hard work and dedication.
When I first had a go at freelancing it was in the field of web design. It didn’t work out for me. It’s perfectly fine to change your goals, try something different, just don’t let that discourage you in your efforts to reach those goals.
Even when you reach the summit, don’t stop climbing. When I listen to Rhydian sing I can’t help but think what more training can this guy possibly need. He on the other hand is wise enough to know that he needs to stay sharp to stay on top.
We too must constantly be open to learning and expanding our knowledge whether we’ve been freelancing for a few months or a few decades.