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  • -We definitely went through a period, about 10 years ago

  • of feeling like, what are we doing, questioning everything

  • and not really able to take in the joy of it.

  • How I am with the universe is trying

  • to accept that everybody goes through

  • many challenges everyday.

  • Were The Police an influence?

  • - The band? - Yeah.

  • (laughs)

  • The authorities?

  • "Sir, you will not make anymore ballads."

  • He's an English singer, songwriter, record producer

  • and co-founder of Coldplay.

  • He achieved world wide fame with the band's release

  • of the single Yellow in the year 2000.

  • Coldplay has sold over 80 million albums worldwide,

  • making them one of the best selling bands of all time.

  • He's Chris Martin, and here is my take

  • on his top 10 rules to success.

  • Rule number one is my personal favorite

  • and make sure to stick around all the way to the end

  • for a special bonus clip.

  • Also as Chris is talking, if he says something

  • that's really meaningful to you,

  • please leave it in the comments below,

  • and put quotes around it so other people

  • can be inspired as well.

  • Enjoy.

  • (whooshing)

  • (uplifting music)

  • ("Viva La Vida" by Coldplay)

  • ♫ I used to rule the world

  • Seas would rise when I gave the word

  • [Narrator] London, just before Christmas.

  • The soaring melodies, the thumping beat of the music

  • and the quirky charisma of the lead singer, Chris Martin

  • had the crowd on it's feet.

  • - We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill.

  • Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically

  • and people will like it more.

  • I can't dance like Usher, I sure can't sing like Beyoncé,

  • they all say I can't write songs like Elton John.

  • But we can do the best we can with what we got.

  • And so that's what we do, just go for it.

  • The ideas of Ghost Stories for me was how do you

  • let the things that happened to you in the past,

  • your ghosts, how do you let them affect

  • your present and your future?

  • Because there was a time when I was

  • feeling like they were gonna to drag me down

  • and kind of ruin my life and the lives of those around me.

  • And I was very lucky to meet a really good

  • Sufi teacher who started to

  • introduce me to the idea of

  • if you sit with your experiences and the things

  • you've been through they alchemize.

  • At the time he said that I was like, I don't really know

  • what that means but I trusted that it would work

  • and the more that I was learning about that,

  • the more music just started flowing through.

  • The way that we see the world, there's no point

  • in being anything other than completely open and honest.

  • Yes.

  • And so when that song came out I was like,

  • okay well that's it, that's just saying,

  • well it doesn't matter some of you won't like this

  • and I'm never going to be as lyrically adept as Jay-Z

  • or, you know, Morrissey.

  • But I can sing what I really think or what I'm learning

  • or what I'm feeling.

  • And so, in a way I'm happy we put that there

  • because it puts me at ease with like,

  • it's okay I don't really mind what anyone says

  • about this album because it's just the truth.

  • You know what I mean? - Yeah.

  • It's like as true as my nose.

  • And so if some people have a real problem with my nose,

  • what can I do?

  • Get work? (laughs)

  • A Head Full of Dreams, the tours going on now,

  • you just got off the South American one.

  • [Chris] Yeah.

  • I mean, the crowds, the show, does it ever,

  • how do you keep it fresh?

  • Because it's not your first rodeo and you're thousands

  • ten thousands, I mean you've been doing that?

  • Well here's how we keep it fresh.

  • Bruce Springsteen apparently, I don't really know if he does

  • or not, used to say to the rest of the E Street Band,

  • "This could be someone's first show,

  • and it could be someone's last show,

  • so let's treat it like that."

  • So I have that inspiration and then some other things

  • in my life that just make me every time

  • before we go up on stage,

  • I really think about who's showed up,

  • how much they've been through to get there.

  • Wow.

  • And also for us at the moment,

  • we took a break from touring on the last album

  • we did it called Ghost Stories,

  • so we're so excited to be there and we know

  • that nothing lasts forever,

  • so I think that we're just really,

  • more than ever living in the moment

  • and trying to appreciate the fact that for some people,

  • it's their first show and for some people, you know.

  • And there has to be the perspective that

  • that's not immediate right?

  • You learned that perspective.

  • You have to work to that perspective.

  • [Evan] Yeah.

  • We definitely went through a period about 10 years ago

  • of feeling like, what are we doing, questioning everything

  • and not really able to take in the joy of it.

  • [Evan] That must have been hard.

  • - It was, everything's in perspective, but for us

  • as a band it was a bit hard like,

  • what are we, you know?

  • But slowly you keep going and you find great people

  • who come in and help you out and teach you things

  • and I think the more that you let in, its very easy

  • right now with social media to let in anything negative,

  • whatever you do someone is going to slag it off online.

  • Well, you're not on social media at all.

  • Personally we are as a band, I don't really

  • personally I'm not that good at selfies.

  • (laughs)

  • That's an honest answer.

  • So I made a decision, it's easy to take in the bad stuff,

  • so I'm going to really take in the good stuff

  • and appreciate these people who have shown up

  • and they want to sing our songs together and that's great,

  • I'm into it.

  • [Zach] It can't ever get old!

  • So it's very fresh,

  • it never gets old, that's the thing,

  • it never gets old.

  • How I am with the universe is trying

  • to accept that everybody goes through

  • many challenges everyday.

  • On whatever level and you can never compare

  • your challenges to someone else's.

  • So even if you're Brad Pitt, if you've got a problem

  • that day, then it's a problem.

  • It's the same if you're a dustman.

  • Is that what you call it, someone who does the trash?

  • Oh yeah, trashman, dustman.

  • So, it's understanding that everyone goes through that,

  • whether you're a pop star or whatever.

  • But accepting I think that

  • it's all how you look at it in my opinion.

  • Right.

  • That you can turn anything around.

  • Let's say, what's your, the nice man over there

  • who broke his wrist?

  • - David Brody. - David Brody.

  • So you bust your wrist up,

  • now normally that would really bring you down

  • for a long time but there might be some great blessing

  • from it that you haven't,

  • maybe you get to be good with your left hand at something

  • and then one day you play tennis against,

  • I don't know what it might be,

  • but my relationship with the universe,

  • you're really asking is that I trust that it is

  • more positive that you might think.

  • Did you have a sense that Coldplay had reached the stage

  • where just that you didn't want it to be that band?

  • Like you wanted something else out of it?

  • No, we reached the stage where we thought

  • we can't get much bigger so we have to try to get better.

  • And it's the whole thing of quantity over quality.

  • We thought well,

  • we need to practice a bit and improve.

  • You know I was feeling bad

  • because I'm sure there's some 16-year-old

  • kids who say they like Coldplay

  • and then took some abuse for it on the playground.

  • So I had a feeling about 18 months ago,

  • that I would really like to make them proud

  • by trying to improve.

  • Your approach to negativity is really,

  • in my mind it's a game changer.

  • How do you deal with it?

  • I don't.

  • Do you ever get negativity?

  • Does anything ever get you guys down?

  • - All the time. - Really?

  • Yeah, it does get challenging and that's been something

  • with me is, how do you manage it, right?

  • You're able to find the good in almost everything, right?

  • Well thanks, man.

  • (laughs)

  • - I'm trying - Yeah.

  • Because the only other options is to find

  • the bad in everything and that just makes you feel awful.

  • My answer to you is this,

  • it's partly because I saw that my kids are growing up

  • in a time where social media is so hyper-aggressive

  • and so I felt like I have to set the example to them.

  • You know what, people are going to say weird stuff about you

  • but just let it,

  • like Jay Z says, "just dirt off your shoulder."

  • It doesn't mean anything.

  • And so really in trying to help them out, it's helped me out

  • as a sort of bonus because in telling them,

  • especially growing up now, you're going to get a lot,

  • especially if you're going to put yourself out there

  • on Instagram or whatever,

  • you're always going to get crazy stuff and

  • just to understand that it isn't real

  • and it's also okay.

  • One thing to remember about if somebody doesn't like

  • your music, or doesn't like your show, that's totally okay.

  • There's so much choice in the world of entertainment

  • that if you want to come to our concert,

  • then you're going to have the best time and I'm so grateful.

  • But if you don't, I really don't mind, it's okay.

  • [Evan] Amazing.

  • You see what I mean? - Yeah.

  • So I think once you let go of that megalomanical need to

  • win everybody over, that's a big relief.

  • That's, I'm in the process of doing that.

  • Yeah but, you're young,

  • and you need to have that drive of course.

  • Maybe you wait just like, to sort of reset your intention

  • I want to reach everyone that would

  • appreciate being reached.

  • - Done. - You see what I mean?

  • Yeah.

  • Well, I'm going to slam this show down their throats.

  • So are you always writing songs?

  • Yeah.

  • Oh, really, okay.

  • I try to because for me it's like a form of catharsis

  • and also it's my hobby.

  • Even when you're surfing?

  • - Yeah! - Yeah.

  • I just love it, you know.

  • I don't know where they come from so it's always a surprise.

  • And then for example, recently because of Prince,

  • I've been watching so much Prince stuff

  • and he was obviously so monumentally talented,

  • there's also part of me that's like, I have to work harder.

  • So those three things combined the will to work,

  • the normal passion for it and this sort of

  • cathartic need to play music.

  • Non-stop writing.

  • Like right now you're in an interview

  • but are you writing something in your head?

  • I always have it in my mind, but it doesn't mean

  • with a view to releasing it or anything like that

  • just a sort of, it helps me make sense of life

  • and I think it's what I'm supposed to do.

  • [Woman On Phone] My question was if you have any major,

  • musical influences, dead or alive it doesn't matter?

  • Yeah. Well that's a great question.

  • I have so many that its hard,

  • I don't want to keep you up until midnight

  • but it sort of comes </