Why Success Isn’t the Answer | Mike Posner on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with musician Mike Posner, who discusses his journey of self-discovery and how he gained and lost success in the music industry.

The video is an interview with Mike Posner, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, poet, rapper, and music producer. The interview focuses on his journey of self-discovery after gaining and losing success in the music industry. Posner talks about how he embarked on a journey of self-discovery that led him to transcendental meditation, solitude, India, the Landmark Forum, and a whole lot of truth. He gave away most of his possessions, bought a van, lived in it, and traveled around the country playing music for free. This period of introspection found its way into his music, and from that, the mega-hit "I took a pill in Ibiza" was born. Now, with a bigger platform than ever, he's not only making amazing music, but he's also sharing what he's learned along the way.

  • The video introduces Mike Posner and the goal of the show to help people execute their dreams.
  • Mike Posner is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, poet, rapper, and music producer.
  • He gained and lost success in the music industry, struggling to make another hit after his freshman album.
  • Mike Posner embarked on a journey of self-discovery after losing success in the music industry.
  • Mike Posner is currently making amazing music and sharing what he's learned along the way.
  • Posner felt his identity was tied to being a young, successful artist.
  • Posner believed that money could buy happiness and solve all his problems.
  • Posner went to the studio with his friend Big Sean during a down period and found his friend's success inspiring.
  • Mike Posner had success in the music industry with his hit song "Cooler Than Me," but he realized it wasn't the answer.

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Introduction

  • Introduction to the video and the guest, Mike Posner
  • Goal of the show and company to help people execute their dreams
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Mike Posner's Success

  • Mike Posner is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, poet, rapper, and music producer
  • He has written hits for himself and other artists, including Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and Justin Bieber
  • His hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was streamed roughly 1 billion times on Spotify and reached the top 10 in 27 countries
  • He gained and lost success in the music industry, struggling to make another hit after his freshman album
  • He was dropped from his record company and slid back into obscurity
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Mike Posner's Journey of Self-Discovery

  • Mike Posner embarked on a journey of self-discovery after losing success in the music industry
  • He explored transcendental meditation, solitude, India, and the Landmark Forum
  • He gave away most of his possessions, bought a van, and traveled around the country playing music for free
  • This period of introspection found its way into his music, and he wrote the hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"
  • He learned a lot about himself and what he wanted out of life during this journey
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Mike Posner's Current Work

  • Mike Posner is currently making amazing music and sharing what he's learned along the way
  • He hosts the podcast "What Does This All Mean?"
  • He wrote the book "Teardrops and Balloons"
  • He is using his platform to inspire others to pursue their dreams and live their best lives
  • He is an example of how success isn't the answer and how self-discovery can lead to true fulfillment
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Questioning Identity

  • Posner felt his identity was tied to being a young, successful artist.
  • As he became less popular and successful, he questioned who he really was.
  • He realized that money, success, and attention from others did not bring him happiness.
  • He considers it a privilege to ask the question of who he really is.
  • He finds it daunting to embark on the journey of self-discovery.
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Learning from Experience

  • Posner believed that money could buy happiness and solve all his problems.
  • He had to find out for himself that this was not true.
  • He achieved success and realized that it did not make his experience of life better.
  • He considers it a privilege to have achieved success and still question what it all means.
  • He is still exploring different belief systems to find answers.
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Discovering New Perspectives

  • Posner went to the studio with his friend Big Sean during a down period.
  • Big Sean recommended two books: The Alchemist and Ask and It Is Given.
  • The latter book is about the law of attraction and getting what you think about.
  • Posner started exploring different belief systems and found it alleviated some of his struggles.
  • He believes that exploring new perspectives is important for personal growth.
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Connecting with Others

  • Posner and Big Sean were friends before either of them had success.
  • They used to make music together in Posner's mom's house.
  • Posner went to the studio with Big Sean during a down period and found his friend's success inspiring.
  • Big Sean recommended books that helped Posner on his journey of self-discovery.
  • Posner believes that surrounding oneself with positive people can have a significant impact on one's life.
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Self-Development as Self-Preservation

  • Mike Posner thought he was going to break into the film industry after doing well in film school.
  • He was selected as one of the four people in his class to direct a film, but he messed it up and felt like a failure.
  • He began pursuing self-development as an act of self-preservation.
  • He found books and songs that gave him a sense of hope and the belief that he could change his circumstances.
  • He started to look at life as the author of his own story and visualized success in the music industry.
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Changing Perspectives and Goals

  • Mike Posner's goals change daily, but he has always wanted a family and children.
  • He used to think he couldn't have both a career and a family, but he realized he made that up.
  • He has a gargantuan goal of having the entire world observe International Peace Day.
  • He finds it interesting and relevant to change our perspective on ourselves and other people.
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Landmark Forum and Creating a Story

  • Mike Posner did the Landmark Forum after hearing positive things from friends.
  • He did a lot of work on himself, including meditating, reading the Bhagavad Gita, and going to India.
  • He had created a story about himself as a kid that he was unlovable and not good enough.
  • He realized that he had been carrying that story with him and it was affecting his life.
  • He learned to let go of that story and create a new one for himself.
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Success Isn't the Answer

  • Mike Posner had success in the music industry with his hit song "Cooler Than Me," but he realized it wasn't the answer.
  • He felt like he was living someone else's dream and not his own.
  • He took a break from music and walked across America to find himself.
  • He learned that success doesn't bring happiness and fulfillment, and that it's important to find your own path.
  • He is now making music that is true to himself and his journey.
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Self-Discovery and Storytelling

  • There is a difference between what happened and your story about what happened.
  • Mike Posner shares a personal story about his experience on the basketball team in high school.
  • He realized that he was living his life based on a story he told himself about not being understood.
  • He attended a landmark seminar and learned the importance of taking ownership of the story you tell yourself about yourself.
  • He learned that you are the author of your own life.
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Isolation Retreat

  • Mike Posner went on a seven-day retreat of total isolation.
  • He was curious about what happens when he is totally alone.
  • He found a place in Colorado called Vitara mandala Buddhist monastery.
  • He was given a cabin to be totally alone and was provided with basic necessities.
  • He spent time reflecting on his life and his purpose.
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Practice of Self-Transformation

  • Mike Posner's podcast is a great resource for self-transformation and exploring the self.
  • He believes that self-transformation is a practice and not a one-time breakthrough moment.
  • He experienced a breakthrough moment when his dad died and was reminded of his own mortality.
  • He made a list of things he was putting off and decided to do them now.
  • He decided to attend a meditation retreat and spend time in solitude.
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