Kirk Franklin does not sing ... Franklin admits that he does not sing well.So how did someone who does not sing well become one of ... gospel ... acts today? The answer is that the
Kirk Franklin does not sing well.
Kirk Franklin admits that he does not sing well.
So how did someone who does not sing well become one of the largest gospel recording acts today?
The answer is that the man can do just about everything else. He is a songwriter, choir director, consummate performer and record producer. As for the singing, he finds vocalists who sing well to do that for him. But who's name is on the CD cover? Kirk Franklin.
Kirk Franklin didn't ignore his shortcomings, he made them work for him. He had a vision for his life and he followed it. And no, he doesn't sing a word on his current CD, "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin." He raps.
In her book "You can Heal Your Life", Louise Hay gives the readers an example of her typical day. As soon as she gets up in the morning, she sings affirmations. At noon she again does affirmations. At night before she goes to bed, she writes down whatever affirmation she's working with at the time 10 or 25 times.
The woman is incredibly focused. She's arranged her life so that everything she sees and everywhere she goes reflects her version of life. She blesses her door. (who things of blessing their door?) because only good comes through it. She blesses her mailbox because only good news enters it. She totally focuses on the positive. Now she's taken up painting. Do you have any doubt that she'll succeed?
Homer Hickam wasn't good in algebra. In fact, he was almost failing. Yet, this teenager wanted to become a rocket scientist. He grew up in a coal mining town in West Virginia where the only way to college was through a football scholarship.
It didn't make sense that someone with his background and his lack of abilities could become a rocket scientist. Yet. He did. Despite what others thought of his dreams, he focused on them and was determined to accomplish them.
Peter Drucker noted that, "whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission." There's much to say about moderation. But not when it comes to your dreams and goals.
If you keep the vision of your life in front of you all the time, you won't pay attention to the judgments of others. After all, I'm sure plenty of folks let Kirk Franklin know that he did not sing well.
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