What Céline Dion Taught Me About Running a Business

what celine dion taught me about running a business

Alright, so if you know anything at all about me, you probably know at least a little bit about how much I adore Céline Dion.

She is a total and complete powerhouse – a diva, a commander of the stage, and a true artist. The way Céline has approached her career has always been so inspiring to me, and I’ve loved her since Titanic came out when I was 7 years old.

Last year, as a beautiful surprise, my #bae Rachel gave me tickets to go to Céline’s concert in Las Vegas. It is honestly the best gift I’ve ever received. I was SO thrilled and ready to travel this past January to finallysee her live after years of admiring her and her work.

Off we went to Vegas in January all ready for our trip, and we were having a blast!

We had already seen an amazing Cirque du Soleil show, eaten some ridiculously amazing food (Milk Bar – am I right?), and were soaking up the bright and ridiculous sights of Vegas.

When the day of the show had finally arrived, I was ecstatic. We had the day free, so we were seeing more sights and had stopped in the middle of a casino to take a little break from the exploration.

I took out my phone while we were resting and started scrolling through Facebook. I ran across a post from Céline’s page, and it said that she was so sorry, but she had to cancel her concert for that evening.

She canceled her concert.

The concert I had traveled SO FAR and waited SO LONG to see.

Needless to say, I was absolutely devastated. Like, y’all…I cried in the middle of The Mirage, next to a Burberry and a Fendi store.

I dried my tears and pulled myself together. Of course I was upset, but coming from my performance background, I know how hard it is to struggle with sickness and having to make that tough call. The call to either push through at the expense of your voice and your health, or just call it off and do what’s ultimately best for your body.

But, in my heart of hearts, I knew why Céline had to make that decision.

And as sad as I was, I was truly glad she did.

Because if she hadn’t canceled that show, she would have found herself in the vicious cycle of pushing herself too hard over allowing herself to get better. She’s a smart enough person to know that sometimes you have to call it quits for the sake of the future.

You might be wondering how this relates to running a business. I did promise to connect this to business life, after all!

As entrepreneurs, we are faced with this same choice ALL THE TIME.

We may not be letting 4000 people down with the business decisions we make, but we do have to make tough choices sometimes for the sake of our well-being. (PS – if you ARE in a position to let 4K people down, nice job!)

How this has manifested for me in my business journey so far is that…sometimes, I just need to shift my focus and take a break.

When I’m really in the zone, I find myself utterly OBSESSED with my business – working hard for my clients, constantly taking in information (blog posts, podcasts, freebies, and anything else I can get my hands on), tweaking my website, setting goals, thinking too hard about fonts and colors, and getting wrapped up in this world of just needing to keep on hustling to get where I want to go.

Hustle is fine within reason, but we also have to learn when enough is enough and how to just be.

We can’t be 100% all the time. No one should. Working hard is one thing, but constantly pushing ourselves to the limit makes us exhausted, overworked, and burned out to the max.

We have to find the right balance, not just for the now, but for the future of our careers.

This is the decision Céline made that day. She knew that she had gone too far, pushed too hard, and she had to step back and take a rest. I firmly believe that is the reason she can still deliver vocally the same way she did 20 years ago. (This is kind of rare for singers in the pop world.)

The great news is: I was lucky enough to travel a couple weeks ago to try to see her show again. She did not cancel this time, and I’m so grateful that she was in the position to perform for us when we saw her.

The show was INCREDIBLE. I can’t even describe to you how transformative and life-changing it was. She was 100% on-point.

You see what I’m getting at? The reason she’s SO incredibly good is because she knows when enough is enough. She knows when to slow down for a minute.

At the concert just a couple weeks ago, one part stood out to me above the rest.

As you might know, Céline’s husband René (who was also her manager) passed away a couple years ago, and she spoke about him beautifully a few times during the concert.

She told us a story about one of the first conversations they had when Céline’s career was just getting started.

He said to her, “You don’t want a hit song.”

She wondered why he would say such a thing. Doesn’t every singer want a hit song to take them to the top, make them wildly successful, and make them a ton of money?

He said, “You don’t want a hit song. You want a career.”

Let us take those words to heart and remember, if you think in terms of career and not just in terms of your hit song, you’ll have the longevity and energy to always keep moving forward and upward. You’ll get to build the business that you deserve and not sacrifice yourself in the process.

You’ll have so much more than just a one-hit wonder…you’ll have a career.

Jess Wagner