The often quoted phrase 'Heavy is the head that wears the crown' was born from the historical Shakespeare play Henry IV; Part 2, Act 3. This English idiom is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. The accurate phrase is said to be 'uneasy is the head that wears the crown,' a slight yet significant difference.
The usage of the word 'heavy' implies responsibility as opposed to simply restlessness, or the inability to be still.
I applaud anyone who is pursuing something - a vision, dream or mission. Far too many human beings are simply waiting for the weekend, allowing life to pass them by. The mantra 'live your legacy' that I consistently remind the world to abide by is about truly living your life to the fullest - while you have the ability to.
As much as I credit individuals who have the courage to create and act on an idea I also recognize that not every journey is the same. We've already referenced an iconic figure in Shakespeare, now allow me to do the same for a man who has his own legacy he's building. To quote rapper Meek Mill, "there's levels to this shit."
The song LEVELS is off of his 2011 Self Made 3 album.
As I continue with the ambitious task of redefining luxury and changing where you receive your cues from in regards to it, the reality of Meek Mill's words ring true. It's one thing to do something that is expected or that which has several templates for you to follow. It's another thing entirely to blaze a trail with very little to reference besides instincts, God-given vision and ambition. The amount of mental energy, thought equity and sheer fortitude can only be appreciated when you are the one leading the way.
There will be people around you who support you and wish you well, yet they can't truly understand what it's like and more importantly what you need at any given moment. Truthfully, it can be a lonely journey that only you and God can understand. Often I think of the distinction between being a professional athlete and being that same athlete who becomes legendary in their given sport. There's a difference. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter have reached heights only the top 1% ever experience.
The concept of the heaviest crown is applicable only to those who are breaking new frontiers and literally changing narratives. It is not simply a task, but a responsibility.
As I live in this reality with the creation of Paradigm Luxury Group it has become a dynamic that's made me sharper, more resourceful and stronger in my conviction of what I can bring to the world that only I can offer. There are plenty of days I'm charged with enthusiasm and excitement. Yet there are just as many when those two adjectives are last things that describe my energy.
To conclude, I understand my assignment and the vision I'm tasked with executing and could not be more encouraged with where I am in the process. May anyone who is looking to not only do something in this world that is not just positive but that which is epic understand something. The journey, while not always easy, will most certainly be worth it in the short and long term. But the crown is heavy.