Tory Johnson: Are You More Madonna or Gaga?

Yes, she has a gigantic ego and many people find the faux English accent on this Michigan girl a wee bit pretentious, but you have to hand it to Madonna. Once red hot—less so now—she never stops. Not ever.

At 53, she rocked Sunday’s Super Bowl like a singer half her age, is up for an Oscar for best costume for her new film W.E., and in general, constantly pushes herself. She works it. Big time.

All this as Lady Gaga—her heir apparent (whether she likes it or not)—is on fire and also never misses a chance to strut her stuff. Two stars from different generations working their butts off to make big things happen.

No matter what you do, or where you do it, young upstarts will always threaten veterans, just as those vets once did with their elders decades before. Some will make it, others won’t. There’s plenty of room for both to thrive and shine, if they’re willing to hustle. Successful people know that staying still or living with blinders on is the kiss of death.

Think about where you fit in. Are you more Madonna—focused on keeping your personal brand relevant? Or does the Gaga saga—surprising, fresh and new—describe you best?

Like or loathe these pop divas, this much is true: Gaga’s unstoppable drive and Madonna’s persistence are in-your-face reminders of how important it is for all of us to stay relevant—right now—with the audience we serve.

Tell us here how you stay at the top of your game, no matter your line of work.


Tory Johnson is CEO and founder of Spark & Hustle, a weekly contributor on ABC's Good Morning America and a contributing editor of SUCCESS magazine.

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