It was not his first time at the rodeo.
Friends, at the time I am writing this, I am three hours away from imitating the Walmart yodel boy in front of hundreds of people. On a stage. For a philanthropy, as my “talent”. You are probably wondering why I am doing this, why I chose this talent out of many other possibilities. Like juggling, back flips or dancing. But no, I chose something a little more unconventional.
You see, I highly admire yodel boy. This kid is so inspiring to me. The fact that I get the opportunity to pretend to be him for 30 seconds is a huge honor.
I’ve learned a lot from him, and I think you can too. Here’s three lessons I’ve learned from this kid.
1. Never give up
We saw this kid on Twitter and laughed. He was the talk of a lot of our conversations for a week or so. He was in a Walmart for pete’s sake, and now he is famous.
So therefore, I just have to sing in a Walmart, or do whatever my passion is in a Walmart, and I will be successful.
But that is so not how it worked for our friend Mason.
The video we saw did not encompass Mason’s first time singing in Walmart. Nor did it capture his third time. In an Ellen interview, he said he performed “like 50,000 times”. Can you believe that? I can imagine the frustration he felt when he would be singing, and everyone would be looking at him like, “who’s this weirdo?” but also thinking, “wait, he’s kinda good.”
He probably felt discouraged. Got weird looks. And nobody was telling him to go to the friggin Walmart and sing in cowboy boots. But he had a vision, he had a passion, and he would not stop until he saw success.
I think we can all feel this way. Whether it’s that internship you are dying for, or you are just waiting for someone to notice your Youtube channel. If you have a vision, if you have a passion, it will happen. You just gotta keep showing up (entrepreneurs, take notes).
And when you’re at your own personal version of Coachella, you will know it was allll worth it.
2. Know what you’re good at
Let’s face it, yodel boy is really freakin good at singing. He has a gift. And even at the age of 11 years old, he knew he had something to offer the world.
Do you have a gift that’s just waiting to be opened by the rest of the world? Whether it’s art, financial modeling, administrating, inventing, interior decorating, it could be anything. But if you have always been passionate about it, and others tell you that you have a gift in that area, you are doing a disservice to the world by trying to fit into a box that everyone else is going into. You can only run your own unique race.
If you know you have something special, which everyone does, please don’t waste it. Know what that is, and try to find where you can make that happen. Where that gift can flourish and come to life.
3. Make the most of every opportunity
Yodel boy didn’t have a recording studio. He probably didn’t have a crap ton of connections to the big wigs of the music industry. But he knew he needed an audience. And what better place to have an audience than from the local Walmart?
In the Ellen interview, Ellen asks why he performed at the Walmart. And he responded, “Because that’s the only store we’ve got.”
That’s friggin brilliant to me. He saw an opportunity, and he took it. Maybe it wasn’t the perfect opportunity, but it was better than staying where he was.
I would encourage you to take the next step in what you love. Maybe that’s starting your own photography brand, maybe that’s trying out to be apart of that one band that plays at your favorite coffee shop, or maybe it’s talking to an advisor to change your major. Whatever it is, take the next step. Take the closest opportunity to make the most of what you love.
Yodel boy, or should I say Mason Ramsey, is pretty awesome. We might just watch him on Twitter or laugh at the many remixes, but I think we have a lot of things to take away from his story.
And most of all, he can encourage us to chase our own unique dreams. We all have them.