lundi 2 mars 2009

René Angélil and the Art of Winning!

René Angélil, the manager of singer Celine Dion, is one of the most skilled in the history of contemporary Artist Management. Angelil is often compared to Colonel Parker (Elvis Presley) or Brian Epstein (The Beatles). There is no doubt that the success of René Angélil and Céline Dion is immense and it is clear that this success would not have been possible without the luck being there!
According to René, life is like playing cards with sequences of events. Some time lucky and others unlucky. Being able to identify the winning hands make life a success. In other words: We must interpret the "weather" of life events and make choices based on those situations.
René Angélil has always been a fan of the cards game and he even said to be dependent of it. To protect himself, he had to establish mechanisms to manage his empire which have prevented him from gambling his whole empire on a whim.
The question that arises is as follows: Is everyone lucky at one time or another in his life? According to René, the answer is yes! But it is clear that if we make our choices during the bad days, the result will be an unfortunate life.
Another great artist, Leonard Cohen is more philosophical. He said considering life as a destiny. “One has one’s owns destiny. The older I get, the surer I am that I am not running the show…” (see link below - Article from The New York Times) Leonard’s approach is related to his Jewish religion and Zen Philosophy.
Personally, I like the theory of the rocks! Human society is like a pebble beach. We are, each of us, a pebble. There are small rocks and large ones. Sometimes we are only the size of a grain of sand but even small, we are part of the mosaic of life.
Photo 1: Céline Dion et René Agélil
Photo 2: René Angélil, René-Charles et Céline Dion
Photo 3: René Angélil au poker
Photo 4: Leonard Cohen et une plage de gallets

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