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learning from will.i.am

I see will.i.am more as an innovator and disruptor beyond the music performer he is most known as. William Adams (born March 15, 1975), known by his stage name will.i.am (pronounced Will I Am) is the founding member of the hip-hop/pop band The Black Eyed Peas, famous for songs like “Where is the Love?”, “Let’s Get it Started”, “I Gotta Feeling” and more. He’s also released four solo albums and produced with an A-list of music artists.
 
His other ventures include acting, voice-overs, fashion and creative technology - inputs to developing smartphones, tablets and laptops. About his non-profit called i.am angel, he dedicates the vision to "transforming lives through education, opportunity and inspiration." and said "I hope none of the kids I send to school only want to do music. The world doesn't need another musician. They need another Bill Gates." (on how he describes himself
 
I bring up will.i.am to bring home the point that we are not defined by any one role in our life:
- not the position we hold at work i.e. (title) of (department) of (company)
- not the role we are most known for i.e. mother, teacher, doctor
- not by association to someone else i.e. sister to ___, husband to ___
and surely not by what we possess i.e. he drives a ___, she wears ___, they shop at ___
 
Just like a gem we are multifaceted, which is like having many aspects, abilities and sides to us. Take a look at how our diverse personalities and inner values blend together uniquely. Constant evolution and changes further enhance our being, so it’s really an ongoing process to be savoured. The process starts by first acknowledging that you are a sum of roles and aspirations defined by none other than yours truly. There’s hidden potential as well as obvious successes that you should already being enjoying and proud of.
 
This festive season leading into New Year 2015 - what qualities of yourself will you stake claim to? and how will you celebrate?
 
Here’s leaving you with a song/message I find most inspiring for the young and old - Sesame Street featuring will.i.am - What I Am
 

Verse 1
If what I am is what's in me
then I'll stay strong - that's who I'll be
and I will always be the best
"me" that I can be
 
There's only one me, I am it
have a dream I'll follow it
It's up to me to try
 
Chorus 1
Oh! I'mma keep my head up high (high)
Keep on reaching high (high)
Never gonna quit
I'll keep getting stronger
 
And nothing's gonna bring me down (no!)
Never gonna stop, gotta go
because I know
I'll keep getting stronger
 
Bridge 1
And what I am is (thoughtful)
and what I am is (musical)
and what I am is (smart)
and what I am is (brave)
and what I am is (helpful)
and what I am is (special)
There's nothing I can't achieve
because in myself I believe and...
 
Chorus 2
Oh! Gonna keep our heads up high (high)
Keep on reaching high
Never gonna quit
just keep getting stronger
 
And nothing's gonna bring us down (no!)
Never giving up, gotta go
Because I know
I'll keep getting stronger
 
Bridge 2
What I am is (super)
What I am is (proud)
What I am is (friendly)
What I am is (grouchy)
What you are is (magical)
and what you are is (special)
There's nothing I can't achieve
because in myself I believe and...
 
Chorus 3
Oh! Gonna hold my head up high (high)
Keep on reaching high (high)
I'm never gonna stop
I'll keep getting stronger
 
Nothing's gonna bring me down
Never give it up gotta go, oh... yeah...
I'll keep getting strong-er
 
 
 

I am the only person in the world
I should like to know thoroughly.

- Oscar Wilde