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John Legend: Success through effort

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John Legend shares a personal story about overcoming early rejections in his career to get to where he is today. Join the You Can Learn Anything movement at www.khanacademy.org/YouCanLearnAnything
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ashleyjeonie (1 month ago)
i need to do this for hw im- 😡
ツPotato (2 months ago)
*Vista Real Students* *Q.1 Answer Is at **00:29* *Q.2 Answer is at **1:00*
Fudged Mackenzie (16 days ago)
thanks a lot pal
Ricco 0526 (21 days ago)
Thank you bc the teachers are stupid
alyssa G. (1 month ago)
thanks lmOA
Jacan Verdin (1 month ago)
thx
Kool Zombie (5 months ago)
Watching this for an assignment, leaving code school to become a famous singer. I know I'll make it.
Random Name (8 months ago)
Here because of writing assignment.
abhishek kr (9 months ago)
yeah it is true and an existing truth :))
Jackson Shields (9 months ago)
cant hear anything that dumb music
Jackson Shields (9 months ago)
assignment
We got that Power (1 year ago)
Only watching this for an assignment
wezzie very (1 year ago)
Wow, we learn something new everyday who would have thought that John Legend had challenges in his career.He has such a beautiful voice I'm glad he did not give up good for you John Legend!
bluebiebz (1 year ago)
i’m only watching this cuz it’s for some bumass homework
SANABRIA JOEL (22 days ago)
same XD
AnotherKS (2 months ago)
bluebiebz This is how you fail at life.
Samuel (6 months ago)
Same
Steady posted 2282 (1 year ago)
same
Hypezone promotion (1 year ago)
reason I'm watching this is because it's part of my assignment
SANABRIA JOEL (22 days ago)
Same
Poonam Chauhan (3 months ago)
Same
maddie102004 (4 months ago)
same
Kool Zombie (5 months ago)
Watching this loser failing at being famous for my application to NYCDA .
adg 6 (5 months ago)
Someone give me the answers
SBKtv (1 year ago)
What wise advice for young people. I will be forwarding this video to some of my younger singing students! Thank you.
carlos nunez (1 year ago)
I love his music my favorite one is called ordinary people
I appreciate these words so well-spoken.
Jeremy Pryor (1 year ago)
Thank you Khan Academy!!!
Mariguano 619 (2 years ago)
who else here cuz of Diego valley
SDIVAN3G (8 months ago)
OMFG I LOVE DIEGO HILLS
Steady posted 2282 (1 year ago)
yumpsss
Abraham Lopez (1 year ago)
Mariguano 619 yup
I Use No Blinkers (1 year ago)
Mariguano 619 diego hills boi👌
Marc Agag (2 years ago)
He is saying that so many obstacles in life you have to be strong and fulfill your dreams . Its not easy but never give up. learn from mistakes and correct the problems. Wait for your time and be patient. If someone is teaching for you to grow is listen and apply it.
Efren Castro (2 years ago)
board asf!
Felice Valent (2 years ago)
yes.. we learn most from failure
Peter Liakakos (2 years ago)
This is a positive message regarding the growth mindset. Another example is Prince (Singer/Artist) ^ Did you guys know that during the mid-late 1970's.. even though Prince was well experienced on multiple instruments, writing his own songs and creating his own melodies.. HE WAS VERY VERY INEXPERIENCED WITH STAGE PRESENCE AND CONNECTING WITH AN AUDIENCE. So much to the point that his record label after one performance felt he was not ready for live shows. So they got him to develop more as an artist on stage for a few more years... before attempting to perform again. YES. You got that right. Legendary multi talented Prince still had to work and develop on the skill set of stage presence back in his early days. And damn he became very good at it. The Prince you saw later on in life rocking the stage with his raunchy purple-ness had to develop and grow in time. It wasn't just handed to him.
chris esquivel (2 years ago)
How dose what John legend talks about relate to a growth midset
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
Romans 8:28 😏
Balance_Breaker7 (1 year ago)
lmao had to do this shit for homework as well
Jacob Tran (2 years ago)
ty :P
Peter Liakakos (2 years ago)
He is saying that even though he failed a bunch of times in his life with his endeavors... he did not view these failures as what defines him as an artist. He treated these failures as learning opportunities. So that the next time he attempted whatever he set out to do, he would get better and better at it. And he has the mentality of always seeking to improve.. even when he becomes good...
Samira Oz (2 years ago)
What does it take to learn from failure? He says being "persistent" and something else at 0:33 which I can't understand. Sounds like "tonatious"? or something, what's that word written like?
Danielle Monique (2 years ago)
He's saying tenacious: tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely.
Kim Levings (2 years ago)
tenacious - basically having a "never give up attitude" :)
Gladys Moore (3 years ago)
Hello John,Your story is very  inspiring  to me,  hopefully, to many other  Strayer  students.I'll like to commend  you in light of the time, and efforts  you garnered, I want to say,I like that you never gave up on your main purpose to succeed your  dream to be famous.  A way to go John,  I am so proud of you.Good Luck!!
Ryan Meok (3 years ago)
Saudara-saudara dari NUSANTARA harus belajar ini ... Peace (:
Alon Knaan (3 years ago)
I am sure that you will be famous (if you keep trying) 
Michelle Corona. (3 years ago)
Ppl are so hateful these days can y'all just shut up?? U wish u had the opportunity john has, u could just keep hatin on yo behind cause he don't care anyways.
greatsea (4 years ago)
WHA?????  John Legend!!  GEEZ please Khan, no.  Maybe Dolph Lundgren, Dexter Holland or Natalie Portman but John ficking Legend?  I mean what the hell has the guy done?  Dolph Lundgren, on the other hand, MSinCE, Fullbright to MIT;  Dexter Holland, MSinMolecBio, now Ph.D. student;  Natalie Portman, Harvard Grad, modern Renaissance Man if there was one, published in science journals...etc.   But John Legend?  
Zid- Ziddy -Zid (2 years ago)
+greatsea I believe they used him because he well known among the younger generation, they seem like cool people, I shall look in to them.
MrBlink2ce (4 years ago)
This video confuses the ideas "You can learn anything" with "You can get signed by a record company and be famous".
Jim Capatelli (4 years ago)
Oh, give us a break, John Legend: You've sold out. You've delivered your intellectual honesty, your personal credibility, your professional status, your standing and reputation---your very soul, John!---to the highest bidder, under the pretense that you're "doing it for the kids."  Please. It's sickening to hear such mendacity and foolishness. Either you're scamming we the public, because you think we're too dumb or distracted to notice, or your more than a little naive yourself to think we'd buy such drivel. When did you choose to get in bed with The Privatizers? When did you decide that their "30 pieces of silver" were worth more than the education of our children?  Why are you siding with hedge fund operators and Wall Street sharks and swindlers instead of with our teachers? Why are choosing the billionaires over the teachers, our local schools, and our children who attend those schools where they are taught by those teachers? John, why did you sell out our students, our teachers and our system of free, universal public education for all? Why did you join the miscreants who castigate educators and turn public opinion against them? Why did you sellout, John? Why?  I will say this, John Legend. My respect for you is gone. Finished. Done. I will never regard you with anything but pity or contempt. You had your moment to do the right thing and stand up for students and teachers, and you blew it.  You failed and you're a sellout. But what's even worse is that you don't seem to care that you've failed and that you're a sellout. Are you just fixated on going where you perceive the money and power and connections to be, or are you actually just clueless, without any understanding of what's really going on in our public schools as we struggle to make a better life for our children and the people who teach them. 
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
👀👀👀
Splee J (3 years ago)
He did work for the Boston Consulting Group.. but what I don't understand, is what exactly has he failed to do? Also, after reading a bit of his bio, it sounds like he came from a modest family and was just a really smart kid.. although it doesn't explain his extraordinary connections to get to where he got to..
Jim Capatelli (4 years ago)
http://parentsacrossamerica.org
Jim Capatelli (4 years ago)
I am. I joined Parents Across America. I'm not just ranting. I'm lobbying my legislators, school board, mayor and governor to keep the poison that John Legend WANTS out of our schools. For good! You can do the same. They are an amazing group that is making a very big difference. http://parentsacrossamerica.org/who-we-are/
Mo Boni (4 years ago)
Calm down and be the change you want to see.
Jim Capatelli (4 years ago)
Oh, give us a break, John Legend: You've sold out. You've delivered your intellectual honesty, your personal credibility, your professional status, your standing and reputation---your very soul, John!---to the highest bidder, under the pretense that you're "doing it for the kids."  Please. It's sickening to hear such mendacity and foolishness. Either you're scamming we the public, because you think we're too dumb or distracted to notice, or your more than a little naive yourself to think we'd buy such drivel. When did you choose to get in bed with The Privatizers? When did you decide that their "30 pieces of silver" were worth more than the education of our children?  Why are you siding with hedge fund operators and Wall Street sharks and swindlers instead of with our teachers? Why are choosing the billionaires over the teachers, our local schools, and our children who attend those schools where they are taught by those teachers? John, why did you sell out our students, our teachers and our system of free, universal public education for all? Why did you join the miscreants who castigate educators and turn public opinion against them? Why did you sellout, John? Why?  I will say this, John Legend. My respect for you is gone. Finished. Done. I will never regard you with anything but pity or contempt. You had your moment to do the right thing and stand up for students and teachers, and you blew it.  You failed and you're a sellout. But what's even worse is that you don't seem to care that you've failed and that you're a sellout. Are you just fixated on going where you perceive the money and power and connections to be, or are you actually just clueless, without any understanding of what's really going on in our public schools as we struggle to make a better life for our children and the people who teach them. 
Julien Parisé (3 years ago)
What he sold out? I don't get it, post a link to an article explaining more exactly. Thank you
jossell911 (4 years ago)
"Anyone can learn Anything through Effort!!"
jossell911 (4 years ago)
Great vid. and Absolutely John Legend!!
Sorzee (4 years ago)
I wanted to point something out he said about the ceiling that he couldn't get passed without studying and getting a coach. I understand that is isn't necessarily something he had written down, but does that mean a person can't get better at something by themselves? Is it possible to pass a barrier without consulting the help of another?
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
ropen81 - so true.. My course leader does this all the time..!
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
shadfurman 💣💣💣💣💣
Rodrigo (4 years ago)
A coach can point you in the right direction. I teach myself a lot of things, but sometimes is hard when you don't have someone to point what your weaknesses are, and we tend to think that we're always doing it right from our own point of view. Sometimes a ten minute conversation with a coach/teacher, will open our eyes to a lot of things.
shadfurman (4 years ago)
I wouldn't say anything is impossible, but having a coach is important. Often friends and family are coaches. A good mom or dad or teacher could be your first coach. Even if your better at whatever your doing than the coach, a coach is on the outside, isn't struggling so had better vision of the situation. Elon Musk consults friends like Richard Branson often. Bill Gates consults Warren Buffet. Michael Jordan always had a personal coach. I'm self taught from the 5th grade. I know what can be done independently, I learned pretty well (better than your average high schooler according to test scores). I also regret not finding myself some coaches, I could've done much better. Khan Academy recognizes this and has integrated the ability to link accounts to have a coach. Pretty cool!
Neueregel (4 years ago)
legend - weird surname, yet wise thoughts
mhtinla (4 years ago)
It's effort, but more so is LUCK. John should know better as this is particularly true in entertainment. For every person who struggles then succeeds, there are a hundred who struggle then fade away. (I guess I read too much Nassim Taleb).
Michael Gabriel Rosen (13 days ago)
Connections and looks can be worked on as well.
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
Diba Shojaei - was coming to say the same thing.. People are funny.. SMH LOL
Jay (9 months ago)
I know this is ridiculous to reply to now, but hopefully this 3 years has taught you something, as I would tell you that you still have alot to learn, had I been there to reply to this at the time.
Nícia Cruz (4 years ago)
+Becoming Vincent That also has something to due with effort: the people you meet, studio time. You need to learn how to seduce them, how to negotiate, how to talk, where the influential people are, etc. We make our own luck.
tonyztyles (4 years ago)
+mhtinla not in all efforts however, human
Melle (4 years ago)
With the lyrics to the chorus of his last hit song in mind, it seems he stopped putting effort in altogether. The whole thing is a textbook definition of trite...
Nye (4 years ago)
This totally blessed me thank you for posting
Joe Mc'Laughlin (4 years ago)
I only recognize this guy on 3 occasions. He rose to fame because lil' wayne offered him a chance in the hit single,"green light" then came out in a stupid Mcdonalds commercial. His new song all of me. I felt like my testicles were numb and turning into ovaries. That song is part of the cancer that's killing society. Promoting feminism worshiping women. Completely pathetic. Khan Academy, out of all the people you could have picked? WHY HIM?
Makayla Cawley (5 months ago)
K dude
Acharich Speaks (6 months ago)
Oh c'mon..
Splee J (3 years ago)
Have you heard this man play the piano or sing? Stop making up things about him, people do your research and not just believe this 'foon. Everybody is trying to get somewhere and be something; everyone famous is a sellout?
Jim Capatelli (4 years ago)
John Legend IS a boob. And a sellout to power and money. But your idiotic criticism of him borders on the truly insane and absolutely shameful. Who put you in that dress and panties anyway? 
Joe Mc'Laughlin (4 years ago)
I only recognize this guy on 3 occasions. He rose to fame because lil' wayne offered him a chance in the hit single,"green light" then came out in a stupid Mcdonalds commercial. His new song all of me. I felt like my testicles were numb and turning into ovaries. That song is part of the cancer that's killing society. Promoting feminism worshiping women. Completely pathetic. Khan Academy, out of all the people you could have picked? WHY HIM?
shadfurman (4 years ago)
Funny. You get Bono to stop worshipping himself and come one, that's cool.
Mo Boni (4 years ago)
Your comment sounds pathetic.
Sam H (4 years ago)
Leave..
harrietgate (4 years ago)
Good for you, John!! Thanks for sharing your experience...it will help so many of us reading this. You are obviously a man of integrity. Happy to hear that the record company came to its senses and signed you.
beautifulmperfection (4 years ago)
love the idea behind these motivational videos!!
Shaodic (4 years ago)
Keep at it John! You're amazing at what you do :3

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