Probably not very much
Sorry, I hate to news-jack so I won’t.
Places like Linkedin get plagued with posts like ‘Five things we can learn from David Bowie about Entrepreneurship / Innovation and reinventions.’
Mostly from people claiming to be Bowie fans when actually they are Phil Collins fans trying to look cool.
The interview below is from 1999 where Bowie talks about the internet and is remarkably spot on.
What stands out for me is how Bowie describes the relationship between the audience and the artist or performer.
In the 50’s there were a one or two ‘big acts’ that dominated, for example, Elvis. Then a few more in the 60’s and 70’s when we shoot forward to the 1990’s when this interview was filmed Bowie talks about the importance of niche groups and communities serving each other.
This angle is something where the connection lies with coworking, freelancing and how we work. Rapidly a section of the society is moving away from a huge factory like cubicle existence to a free agent nation have a look at the HUGE selection of blogs here on freelancing and coworking.
Like music, people are more connected because of the Internet and also because it is just far more rewarding to work at something you love, with people you love and not have to fit in.
Of course, I am biased and evangelical to this way of life, it certainly is not all milk and honey – but it is a choice and one that is more connected meaningful than living in a cubicle all day.
Another theme that pops up around Bowie is the mistakes. He kept experimenting, changing gigs and moving with technology. Not to be confused with failure porn, that is just trying to be cool.
As you race through being a freelancer you have to adapt, be agile or whatever the cute phrase is this week. In this way being on your own and making mistakes on a daily basis is how you ‘build muscle’ and become experienced.