Motivational Monday: Nessun Dorma

“None shall sleep… I will have my victory!” are the words contained in this aria, made famous to the modern world by Luciano Pavarotti. But what happens when the hopeful victor has a sore throat and cannot sing?

Enter Aretha Franklin. The “RESPECT” singer would probably be the last person you’d expect to tackle the part of a tenor, but she did just that with 20 minutes to prepare at the 1998 Grammys. She stunned millions while simply helping out a friend (Pavarotti was sick).

Never, EVER let the box you’ve been put in become the box you assign yourself. Wow your audience. Make them weep with you at your victory, which has been made so much sweeter by the unexpected.