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“Treating others with kindness and respect is something I try to implement every step of the way, with whoever I work with.” With Dr. William Seeds & Adam Cola

Treating others with kindness and respect is something I try to implement every step of the way, with whoever I work with. While talent and hard work are major pieces to the puzzle, kindness and humility supersede that in my book. As a part of my series about the the things we can do to […]

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Treating others with kindness and respect is something I try to implement every step of the way, with whoever I work with. While talent and hard work are major pieces to the puzzle, kindness and humility supersede that in my book.


As a part of my series about the the things we can do to develop serenity and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Cola an LA-based singer, dancer, and performer. With a vision coming into its own, his rhythmic torso became as interwoven as poetry is to motion. It wasn’t just a revolution, it was an evolution, an overthrow of the status quo. With the release of the scintillating anthem, “Dancin,” his true north became apparent, to liberate the parrots.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

Mypleasure! I’ve always been a music lover and performer from a young age, dancing and singing every opportunity I had. Born in Montreal, I took my talents to the capital of entertainment in Los Angeles and developed a following through music.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Recording my album was the most fulfilling experience of my professional life. I collaborated with many fascinating artists, producers and songwriters who I maintain relationships with today. Creating something from nothing is such an interesting and uplifting process.

What advice would you suggest to your colleagues in your industry to thrive and avoid burnout?

I find giving yourself time to practice self-care in whatever capacity is paramount to living a balanced life. Things can move very quickly and sometimes slowly being a member of a creative field, so it’s good to keep yourself busy with things you’ve always loved doing. Slowing down can be hard, but simple things like contacting old friends and setting aside time for meditation has helped me stay grounded and maintain order in my life.

What advice would you give to other leaders about how to create a fantastic work culture?

Treating others with kindness and respect is something I try to implement every step of the way, with whoever I work with. While talent and hard work are major pieces to the puzzle, kindness and humility supersede that in my book.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl made a strong impact on me. The book is narrated from the experience of renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl during his life as a prisoner under the Nazi regime. It strikes a particular chord in me given that my grandparents are Holocaust survivors. It’s a story about spiritual survival and the innate human quest for meaning.

Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. The past 5 years have been filled with upheaval and political uncertainty. Many people have become anxious just from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The upcoming fears of an impending coronavirus pandemic have only heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to develop serenity during such uncertain times? Can you please share a story or example for each.

Step one to experience serenity during times of uncertainty is having the wisdom to know what is in your control and what is not. Accepting that we as humans are powerless over certain things can be a tough pill to swallow, but it goes a long way in building a foundation for a more peaceful existence. Secondly, embracing the process of things instead of seeking immediate results is something that’s helped me a lot in life. If you are looking for immediate relief though, there is step three, which is to practice at least 3 minutes of silent meditation on a regular basis. I like listening to a soothing playlist while I meditate. The fourth step towards overcoming fear and loneliness is by reaching out to others and asking how they’re doing. Shifting attention away from yourself by being a sounding board for someone else is such a powerful tool to feel more at peace. By helping others, we can help ourselves. My final tip would be to take some time to build a comfortable environment around yourself, getting rid of any unnecessary clutter in your living space. One positive that has emerged from this stressful coronavirus pandemic is a reminder that personal hygiene is of the utmost importance.

From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?

Be a sounding board for those around you who are feeling anxious. I think listening rather than needing to be heard is something we can all work on more. A change of setting can spark interest in others. Reminding others of what is possible versus what is uncertain is a great way to inspire calmness as well. Simple things like these can go a long way.

What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?

Seek support from others, take a deep breath, and think of better times. Being able to find your calm in the storm that is life is harder said than done, but when you find your calm you’ll feel a lot better. Also, remember that everything is temporary.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss. This is a powerful quote that continues to guide me every day. Growing up, I struggled with intense feelings of inadequacy in my identity. Fear of how we are perceived by others can diminish our feelings of self-love — which is invaluable, and in my experience, can only come from within.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I would inspire a movement built on anti-ignorance regarding people of different backgrounds, whether that be genetics, sexual orientation or social status. Bullying, hate-speech and discrimination is still very much alive in the world and it needs to end sooner than later.

What is the best way our readers can follow you online?

I’m on all platforms but the best way to follow would be to follow me on Instagram @adamcolamusic and sign up for my newsletter at www.adamcola.com ☺

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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