Part 1: Hustle, Mindset and Motivation
With Rod Hardy
Rod Hardy is an up-and-coming rapper, a former college football coach, and a successful entrepreneur. He makes it all look easy – but today, he’ll be sharing the real-life hustle, mindset and motivation behind his journey.
After making his mark in the corporate world and inspiring others to pursue their dreams as a coach, Rod’s life took a turn after his brother fell into a coma for three weeks at age thirty-two. Upon waking up, he told Rod: Don’t let life pass you by before you do what you really want to do.
Three weeks later, Rod was on his way to becoming a major rising star in the rap genre. It only took him two years of putting out music to gain devoted fans, hit charts and gain press from publications like Hype and Medium.
Overnight Success is Evidence of Consistency
Rod Hardy knows that there’s no such thing as an overnight success. He knows this for a fact because he is one – and he can attest to the years of consistent action that got him there.
Rod shares his tips with us – from his driven mindset to his morning routine. Pointing to daily action and years of personal development, he reminds us that success is built on the foundation of consistency!
Authenticity is Always in High Demand
When asked what has driven most of his success, Rod Hardy doesn’t point to a marketing plan. He doesn’t name his agent, his label or his manager. He points back at his fans.
Rod tells his story and authentically connects with his fans, writing music to help them feel seen and understood. Now that Rod has something to say, he is wasting no time sharing his messages of hope, positivity, self-discovery and endurance with the world.
“I knew working for somebody was never going to be my thing. I had an independent mind. I knew my ideas weren’t always gonna be taken into consideration the way I knew they should be. Being a creative, it’s tough working under infrastructure.”
“Things that you want to do, that you say you wanna do, you need to do them today because you don’t know what tomorrow brings.”
“Releasing those singles had a huge impact, but…I think the big impact was my brand and my work, and how we do things. I didn’t expect to just throw music out there and expect people to jump on board. There are thousands of people making music every day…but are these thousands of people making connections with fans? That’s what I wanted to do. Not shying away from my story, not trying to be something I’m not, just being authentic, and really telling my fans my story.”
“I like to get up at four-thirty or five in the morning. I feel like those are real spiritual hours, where you can be by yourself and have creative time, before the world wakes up. That’s when I do a lot of my writing. I write a couple lines, even a verse.”
“I’m a huge hip-hop fan. I know what songs make me feel this type of way, the beat or the words. So I trust in my own instincts when I’m in the studio.”
“Still loading, to me, means evolving. Continuous evolution. Whatever you were prior to this point in your life, that’s not what you need to continue to be. You can do anything you want to do, and it’s never too late.”
Links mentioned in this episode:
Visit Rod Hardy’s Website: https://rodhardymusic.com/
Listen to Rod Hardy’s music on Apple, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, deezer and audiomack: https://foundation-media.ffm.to/-slide
Text Rod Hardy at (213) 510-1655 to receive notifications whenever he drops new music.
Follow Rod on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rodhardy_/?hl=en
Connect with Rod on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rodhardymusic/
Follow Rod Hardy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RodHardy_
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