The School of Greatness

Embracing Death, Making Music, and Finding Purpose with Mike Posner

The School of Greatness

WORK ON YOURSELF FIRST, THEN SHARE YOUR LIGHT. Every athlete needs an offseason. They need time to train in different ways to strengthen their mind and body for a new year. The more you work on yourself, the more you’ll be able to give. Give your mind, your heart, and your soul the nurturing it needs to grow. That’s why I was so excited to speak with an artist who is on a journey to find inner peace in order to share his gifts: Mike Posner. Mike Posner is a singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer. Mike has co-written amazing hit songs like “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, and “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth. His debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff includes the US Billboard Hot 100 singles “Cooler than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” His 2017 book Tear Drops & Balloons is his first book of poetry. Mike has been through a lot of loss in recent years, and he uses it all to make music and poetry. Learn about Mike Posner’s journey and hear some of his new songs on Episode 706. Some Questions I Ask: What got you into songwriting? (6:10) Where do your melodies come from? (7:35) Did things change for you overnight after your big hit? (9:15) What makes a song really go big? (15:46) What’s the biggest struggle for an artist that has a hit? (18:30) Who is your personal favorite greatest musician? (21:36) What is the biggest lesson your dad taught you? (30:02) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mike’s struggle with depression (18:46) What makes a song a hit (24:35) What the death of loved ones taught Mike (27:01) What keeps artists happy when they’re not touring (44:10) How Mike uses meditation to be more present (45:05)

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