If you’re a fan of hip-hop music, you surely know this man, if you’re a fan of music, in general, you probably listened to some of his songs. Christopher Maurice Brown is an American singer, songwriter and entrepreneur born in Virginia. He is generally known for being a singer producing hit-level singles but thanks to his diversified talents, we can consider him a high-end eclectic showman. Thanks to his abilities, during his active years he has managed to accumulate a fortune of more than $30 million.
Chris Brown was born in a small town in Virginia with roughly 2,000 inhabitants. His inclinations towards music and dancing were immediately noticeable during his childhood; in fact, he taught himself how to sing and dance after he was mesmerized at the sight of his idols like Michael Jackson and Usher. He later participated in local talent shows and sang in his church choir, events that motivated his mother to help his son out at creating such a career. At the same time, his mother left Chris’ father and took another boyfriend that eventually turned out to be abusive with her.
Aged 13 he landed his first record deal after having been discovered by a talent scout of Hitmission Records that came over his city. Later on, he produced a demo that was then shipped to New York City. After that, he dropped out of Essex High School in 2005 and went to New York to advance his artist’s career. There he was about to land a record deal thanks to Tina Davis that worked in the A&R department of Def Jam Recordings back then. Chris Brown wasn’t able to land the deal with Def Jam eventually, but he managed to sign himself under the Jive Records and Warner Bros Records.
In 2005 he released his self-titled album that debuted number 2 on the Billboard 200 on the first week and selling 3 million copies worldwide. After that, things started to skyrocket, and his career exploded, heading him to perform in big concerts worldwide.
In 2007, apart from his success as a singer, he also started his acting career participating in 3 episodes of the O.C. that made him even more famous and gave him a broader worldwide influence. After that, he got into a relationship with Rihanna’s boyfriend, an unfortunate one that eventually fell apart because of his assault to her that caused him to lose much of his public acclaim and business opportunities.
5 Tips to Succeed
Tip #1: Work with Discipline
It’s a common thought to believe that the majority of artists have a scattered work discipline, but it’s also known that those artists who can keep themselves disciplined enough to produce much content consistently, are the ones that usually succeed the most. Chris Brown is one of those as his work ethic is too high that he is almost always producing content, so many that according to him, he has more than 500 songs that are work in progress.
Tip #2: Believe in Yourself
There are aspirations for everybody, but there are also limitations because we doubt ourselves according to what Chris Brown says. The belief idea is one of the most common patterns that we see amongst successful people worldwide and he also understood it. You have to have the strength to say “it’s not true” when people say that you’re not good enough and to stand your ground for what you truly deserve to get.
Tip #3: Don’t chase money
As he says, it’s all about love. You can’t do something just because you’re in it for the money because at the end of the day money is just a tool, and like every tool in this world, it is a means to an end. What is the purpose that Chris is talking about? The love of doing what you do, that’s the ultimate end of it. Paradoxically, if you chase what you love instead of what gives you a financial return only, you’ll be more likely to become successful. This, coupled with the drive, the passion and the hunger to succeed will make you jump over skyscrapers.
Tip #4: Surround Yourself with Greatness
Keep your circle tight and make sure that the people around you are the right ones and have your best interest at heart. The rule that you’re the average of the five closest people you surround yourself with is one of the most important golden rules for success. If you have toxic people around you get them off your life either today or little by little but get them off from you even if that looks difficult because the one who will get harmed by that it you.
Tip #5: Program your Future
Not only with his music but also in the fashion business Chris Brown is always 3 steps ahead about what to do next. This gives him a competitive advantage over his competitors and functions more or less as a crystal ball that can roughly predict how the future’s going to be. His strategy consists of creating controlled chaos, he says; this means that even though he’s aware of the chaotic nature of the universe, he still has an amount of control on it.
“My only competition is to beat myself.”
“I wanna see you be the best person you can be.”
“I don’t do music because it makes me rich.”
“People can create whatever they want; they just gotta believe in having that capability.”
3 Lessons we can learn from his story
Lesson 1: Trust your inspiration
Chris Brown was mesmerized at the sight of his idols like Michael Jackson. They weren’t the typical male idols like a famous footballer, basketball player or car driver, yet they were Brown’s inspiration. What if he had followed icons or inspirational figures that weren’t the closest ones to the type of person he is? What if he had chosen to get inspired by some entrepreneurs because that’s what somebody told him? He would have failed because he wouldn’t have trusted his inspiration. That’s what you have to do instead, regardless of what is an inspiration according to society’s standards.
Lesson 2: Prove yourself wrong
Chris Brown didn’t care much about proving others wrong or proving something to them that didn’t appeal to him. What he did instead was always trying to surpass his limitations, to look at himself at the mirror every day with new horizons of possibilities and his previous limiting beliefs being shattered like a glass that’s thrown on the ground.
Lesson 3: Try it and then speak
Unless you try doing something how can you know if it will work out or not? Failure doesn’t mean that you will also fail in the future; it means that you have found a way to get to where you want to get that doesn’t work. Try again and again and then draw your conclusions after you’ve acted towards something that will bring you closer to where you want to get.
He owns a $4.3 million house in Tarzana.
He had been sued by his ex girlfriend Rihanna after having assaulted her and caused significant facial injuries.
He lost his virginity at only 8 years old to a girl that was 15.
He won a grammy for best R&B album.
Brown is banned from entering Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
He owns 14 burger king restaurants.
Chris Brown is one of the greatest showmen of the world being literally a singing, acting and dancing machine. By bringing his own style to the various artistic performances he makes, he is a truly successful artists, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. To date he managed to accumulate a fortune of more than $30 million.