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Mar 22, 2018

Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and front man of the Foo Fighters, said in an interview that American Idol, and other such overnight success shows are killing the spirit of American music.

Rather than putting in the hard work, paying their dues, failing, succeeding, failing, and trying again, American youth for 15 plus years have been shown that the road to success is based upon luck and instant fame.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel. 


*Professor Paul*

Welcome back to Morning Mindset, I am your hot Paul Markel and thanks again for joining me. Today I’m going to quote Dave Grohl, and you older folks know who Dave Grohl is and some of you younger folks might too. But we’re going to talk about American Idol and the Death of Hardwork. Now before I started this I learned that American Idol is 15+ years old right now, and if you’re a young person, let’s say under 20 y.o., you probably think that TV shows like American Idol and the like, that they’ve been around forever. Not really.

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Dave Grohl, the former drummer of Nirvana and frontman for Foo Fighters, once said in an interview that American Idol and these overnight success shows, are killing the spirit of America’s music. Dave said “Rather than putting in the hard work, putting in their do’s, failing and succeeding and trying again, American youth for the last 15 years have been shown the the TV set, by American Idol, that success is not achieved by doing hard work, paying your do’s, going out into your garage with your friends and jamming. Just working at it until someone notices you or until you get to that spot in your career.  Instead, american youth today is being shown that the road to success is luck & instant fame.”*[Quote Not Exact]

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When Dave was talking about it he said “The idea that the only way to become famous and be a successful musician is to win the ’Fame Lottery’.”*[Quote Not Exact] and that’s what American Idol is, isn’t it? You say “No Paul, they get on there and show off how good they are…” it’s a lottery, it’s luck. When he was growing up and when I was growing up, you know back in the 70’s & 80’s, look at Metallic. Whether you like them or not, they are an American success. They started in their garage, and that’s how a lot of musicians started.

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They started as young, exuberant… and if that’s one thing teenagers have it’s energy. They might not have that much talent or creativity, but they’ve got energy and they go out in their garage or basement. They’ll do crazy things like take $50 to go perform at a dance or something. You know there’s 4 guys and they take $50-100 and divide it amongst the 4 of them. But after expenses their in the hole, but they’re so excited. They figure out what works, and they find out what doesn’t. They fail, then they succeed and they fail again!

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But over time they develop a spirit and learn. But that’s not what our kids are being taught today. Our kids are being taught today that everything should be instant, and if you fail it’s not your fault. What are our kids being taught, and by kids I mean people in their 20’s and so forth, what are they being taught? That if they failed, it’s not their fault. Not that they need to try again, work harder, if they fail it’s because of unfairness or because the system is set up against then, and someone need to step in to make it right. It’s not because they did anything wrong, no-no-no, you can never do anything wrong.

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You’re a special snowflake and a genius. This has been going on for decades, we have kids getting out of high school and they can’t form a single, coherent sentence, whether spoken or written. Those kids who can’t put together a proper sentence, they don’t think it’s their fault. Because their whole lives, every time they failed, they didn’t really fail because they tried. So they keep getting promoted, they couldn’t do the work in the 3rd grade? That’s alright, we’ll promote them to the 4th grade. We can’t hold them back because that would damage their self-esteem. They go to high school, they can’t/don’t do the work, but that’s okay. We just give them D’s and pass them through.

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We give them a diploma and pass them on through. We used to joke about how a kid died in a car accident, and he would have graduated in my class, but he died in a bicycle vs. car crash. But at the end of the year they gave him a diploma, his parents a diploma, and as a kid or a teenager we though, okay. But as an adult you think, are giving a diploma just to make people feel good, are we giving one to everybody? I’m not trying to be a jerk here, but if you just give our diplomas to, literally dead people, and to today I don’t believe it really does. What does it mean when everyone, it’s like how everyone gets a trophy. Everyone gets a diploma or ribbon.

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When everyone get a trophy, there is no fail-succeed-get better every time, it’s if I want to succeed in my life it’s based on either instant fame, I will win the fame lottery, or it’s based upon luck, and all those other people who had hit albums or got ahead of the class, they just did it because they were lucky, and they only reason I haven't done it is because of bad luck. Now Dave Grohl was just talking about music, and how American Idol was killing the spirit of music. But in a broader sense, when we don't allow people to fail, and that’s exactly what “Everyone gets a trophy” is about.

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We can’t allow people to fail because that will hurt their feelings. Is that how we instill hardwork and creativity in our youth? Is that how we instill toughness in our youth, teach them to deal with adversity? No. This idea that you can gain fame, just because you got lucky, is killing the spirit of American Creativity. I’ve always that American Idol was crap, I know it’s a pop culture thing. So next time you see one of those shows, think about that. Think about how that is killing the spirit of toughness and creativity. That's all I have to say about that, I am Paul Markel and I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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