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Prince Passed Away But There's Five Tips the 'Purple Rain' Singer Recommends to Artists

First Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:38 AM EDT
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Legendary singer and songwriter Prince passed away on April 21, leaving a legacy behind. The singer was among the most legendary musicians of his time, and he was among the most revolutionary in the music industry, inspiring some of today's great artists.

With his passing, let us take a look at some success tips he recommended to artists.

Don't look at the past.

If there is one thing that many people often do is continuously look at their mistakes and never move forward. Prince often said that he never listened to his old records and always moved to the next. This was a way for him to improve.

"I used to tease a lot of journalists early on, because I wanted them to concentrate on the music and not so much on me coming from a broken home ... I don't live in the past. I don't play my old records for that reason. I make a statement, then move on to the next," he said.

Confidence is key.

If there is another thing that people sometimes lack is the confidence to move forward. In order to be successful, one has to believe in oneself. That is the only way people make it in tough industries like music, film and even when creating a business. For Prince, this was an important element. He never listened to the journalists because he knew that his music would transcend.

"When I became a symbol, all the writers were cracking funnies, but I was the one laughing. I knew I'd be here today, feeling each new album is my first," he said.

Context is everything.

No one is ever going to like everything you do and some people will not be convinced by what you do. Whether it is a business, movie or art form it is always important to think of the audience.

As Prince noted, "Each audience is different." Only then will you understand how to market your product.

Be An Expert.

"The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can," said Prince.

This is important for any career. When you're starting a business, you have to know the ins and outs and understand your competitors. This will impress and will create more opportunity for success.

Everyone is different.

People often model themselves after others. They expect that what happens to one person then it will happen to them. However, everyone has a different.

In Prince's own words, "Everyone has their own experience. That's why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don't have to come back again."

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