Ever heard of the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’?
Basically, it is slang for the tendency to criticize highly successful people (i.e tall poppies), and ‘cut them down’.
New Zealand has a terrible case of tall poppy syndrome with people constantly being knocked down, simply for letting themselves shine. People are criticized by their peers for merely striving to achieve the best, yet society wonders why a lot of young people settle for mere mediocrity in their chosen field.
I manage a band who I would have to call the best new rock band here in New Zealand, and in December last year, I sent a copy of this band’s album to a VIP in the New Zealand music industry. He absolutely loved it and he met with myself and Shayne to have a chat. He wisely advised us to watch out for ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ here in New Zealand. At the time I didn’t greatly understand that point he made, but I took the advice on board anyway.
I guess the main point here is that when you have something good, something that has the potential to be very successful – you have to watch out. There are people that will try and cut you down (generally those that are in the same industry, i.e in this case – the local struggling musician circle), that don’t want to see you succeed – because it shows that they are not as good.
When that happens, you need to be at your strongest. Don’t let it get to you – recognize it for what it is – jealousy. Let it be your motivator. That is exactly how I am now. I have a point to prove, but not only that – I know that this band is that good (check them out here). I’m not biased – but I do know what it takes to ‘make it’ and it’s also proven from the email, comments and response we receive from the general public (over 800,000 views on YouTube). We also have the support from very prominent NZ music figure, Ray Columbus. Whatever happens, stay strong, keep focused on your goals, keep your live show polished and finally – keep writing great songs so that you can be the best new rock band!
Keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer – you will see that in this case, there are people that have gone to great lengths to try and bring this band down……
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln