Ernie Singleton

Join Coach Dan Gordon as he interviews Ernie Singleton, the legendary Mo-Town music executive who helped shape the careers of iconic artists like Prince, Donna Summer, and Patti LaBelle. Learn how Ernie overcame industry barriers, embraced change, and developed a relentless drive that propelled him to success. Tune in to discover valuable insights for entrepreneurs and how to unleash your inner badass!

Five Badass Q&As
Q1: How did the concept of theater of the mind influence your career?
A1: The theater of the mind was about envisioning what was happening in the audience’s space and commanding their attention through vivid imagery and engaging content.
Q2: What qualities did you look for when hiring people in the music industry?
A2: I looked for natural thinking ability, spontaneity, and the ability to read between the lines. I valued those who were quick on their feet and solution-oriented.
Q3: How did you manage to promote music across racial barriers?
A3: I focused on the merit of the music and used creative strategies, like using Sony Walkmans to let people experience the music firsthand, breaking down their initial resistance.
Q4: How did you handle setbacks and resistance in your career?
A4: I stayed persistent and always kept the door open for future opportunities. I focused on presenting positive outcomes and finding ways to align my goals with others’ interests.
Q5: What is your advice for entrepreneurs facing fear and resistance?
A5: Embrace change, stay enthusiastic, and keep pushing forward despite setbacks. Failure and imperfection drive growth and learning, so don’t be afraid to take risks.

Five Badass Quotes
1. Perfection is killing your business. Done is better than perfect.
2. I was relentless. I would never accept a no answer.
3. People won’t buy your product because it’s perfect; they’ll buy it when you fire up their excitement and enthusiasm.
4. It’s important to give people something positive to think about because eventually, they buy in.
5. You’re never too old to learn and never too young to teach.

Five Badass Takeaways
1. Embrace imperfection; it drives growth and success.
2. Persistence and creativity can overcome barriers.
3. Effective communication and understanding your audience are key to success.
4. Focus on the positive and present compelling visions to others.
5. Always be willing to adapt and embrace change.
Part 6: Contact Information

Contact Info
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Dan Gordon’s contact: Text (213) 4098366

00:00 Introduction by Coach Dan Gordon
01:00 The danger of perfectionism for entrepreneurs
06:00 Ernie Singleton’s inspiring career journey
09:00 The power of the theater of the mind
12:00 Building a relentless mindset
18:00 Promoting music across racial barriers
24:00 Working with legendary artists
31:00 Embracing change and staying relevant
35:00 Singleton Entertainment Corp and future projects
38:00 Conclusion and contact information

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