Celeste Owens

Celeste Owens

A motivational speaker and licensed psychologist with a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Staying relevant

The Who were on center stage -- again -- during the Super Bowl's half-time show. Why are some performers able to sustain their success for decades while others lose their appeal? What are the qualities and skills needed to stay revved up and relevant?

I am a big fan of the Super Bowl for the obvious reasons: the commercials and the halftime show. Midway through the second quarter, I asked my husband who was performing. He replied, "The Who." Who? I asked. "Right, The Who," was his response.

I must admit that I don't know much about The Who, but if they were invited to perform at the Super Bowl they are either relevant or have a family member on the planning committee. Either way, they landed one of the biggest performing gigs of the year and that's impressive.

There are many factors that contribute to the longevity of a career, but researchers suggest that successful people possess four essential qualities: purpose/direction, passion, faith, and persistence.

Those whose goal is 15 minutes of fame, get just that. Without the staying power to persist through seasons of challenge, they quickly become has-beens. Performers like The Who, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow endure through the challenges of an ever-evolving industry and are rewarded with decades of success. These icons demonstrate that staying revved up and relevant requires hard work and a willingness to change without losing that which makes one unique and appealing in the first place.

So this year The Who, next year Who knows; nonetheless, I'll be there soaking in the commercials and anxiously awaiting the halftime show.

By Celeste Owens  |  February 11, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  | Category:  Sustaining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Just laughing at putting Barry Manilow in with The Who and Barbara. Nope.

Posted by: Dugus | February 14, 2010 8:18 AM
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