John's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Why Not Us

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Why Not Us

JOHN LEGEND

Singer/Songwriter
R&B Artist

“I think success has a lot to do with finding something you love and putting everything you have into it.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Failure Fulfillment Goals Passion Education Success Struggle Family Character Community Self-Reflection Values Societal Pressures Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

advice, asking questions, barriers, bounce-back, challenge, creating, failures, follow what you love, goals, learning from mistakes, management consultant, mistakes, music, obstacles, optimism, passion, performing, piano, planning, success

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up playing music on his family's rickety piano and in his church in Springfield, Ohio.
  • Fell in love with music at a young age; loved performing and getting to create something new.
  • The first in his family to go to college, he attended the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Being first to go to college, his parents' divorce and his mother's drug problem were all obstacles.
  • Worked as a management consultant after school, but spent his nights performing and recording.
  • Says that what defines successful people is not that they don't fail, but how they bounce back.

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