Born: December 15, 1915, New Jersey, US | Successful For: Singer, Actor | Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Inner Keys to Success:
- FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION. NO NEED FOR PERFECTION: Music was Sinatra’s main interest, and he carefully listened to jazz which lead him to begin singing for tips at the young age of eight, standing on top of the bar at a local nightclub. As a teenager, after hearing and instantly falling in love with Bing Crosby‘s music, he knew that he wanted to sing, so he did it and never looked back. He even told his girlfriend who would become his wife that he just had to become a singer. Bing’s voice would serve as pure inspiration in his own singing later on for tone and phrasing. When it came to learning how to sing he did it by singing and learning on his own. He never read a note, and never took a lesson. Frank Sinatra did however enjoy spending summers playing a ukulele on the beaches of the Jersey Shore. His mastery was the result of hearing by just the ear as he never knew how to read music, but still rose to massive success, because of his desire and passion for it.
- DON‘T LET WHERE YOU ARE DEFER YOU FROM WHERE YOU WISH TO GO: Growing up in the rough and gritty streets of Hoboken, it actually gave Sinatra more motivation to work harder in order to get ahead.Frank Sinatra worked as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer newspaper, and as a riveter at the Lang shipyard. He left high school and didn’t graduate, having attended only 47 days before being expelled because of his rowdy conduct. In 1939, while singing and waiting tables at the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, he was found and hired by trumpeter Harry James, who had recently quit a group to start his own band. He joined a local singing group called the Hoboken Four where they would go on to win a talent competition on a popular radio program. It has been noted through many interviews with people who worked for him who stated he was an ‘absolutely focused professional who knew exactly what he wanted’. In the early 80’s when his music and acting career took a slight nose dive, he again, did not focus on where he was, but came back from retirement and gutted upwards. Shockingly, this is when he created the timeless hit ‘New York’, in which he reveals his nature “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.”
- BROADEN YOUR SCOPE, HOW YOU DO ONE THING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING:Sinatra was very versatile and was not just successful in one area. Upon studying journalism and English and then after proving to his editor that he was good enough, he became a cub sports reporter. He covered many school games and he actually played sports himself. And then he changed directions and eventually with due time he became a world class musician. Soon after, he became a motion picture actor where he won an Oscar, and did many musicals as well. His acting was all done with spontaneity where it was such a natural process for him. He understood that how you do one thing, is how you do everything. Sinatra also had political ties and was good friends with John F. Kennedy and other US presidents. He even produced several movies, wrote songs, and has even won the Humanitarian award. Shockingly, he was even an amateur painter who designed the cover of one of his own albums. He had that spirit and energy to take life lightly and try many things, he was noted with saying “I’m gonna live till I die.” in which he definitely did, pursuing so many variations of careers, projects, and callings.
“The best revenge is massive success.”
– Frank Sinatra
Sinatra had a very likeable personality. It was his charisma that really stood out, girls wanted to be with him, men wanted to be him. He was reportedly known for having friendships with the Mafia and mobs of New York. He was close friends with John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. He was in the Rat Pack group with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis. The Godfather movies have a character who portrays Frank Sinatra and the Yankees even play his hit song after every victory. Frank was also known for his generosity and was quick to express his gratitude giving money to musicians who were in trouble, and often tipping drivers in excess of $100.He was the larger than life persona of our times who was easy to see eye to eye with.
“Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.”
– Frank Sinatra
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