Daft Punk puts out bad ass music. You’re struggling at the office. Here are six ways the robots can help:
Be yourself. And just rock it. That’s what Daft Punk does. With those elaborate disguises and robot personas, they clearly want to avoid all the hype that surrounds being a “star.” They wanted to make it on their musical creativity alone and were confident fans would discover their great sound. We did.
Be a good listener
Those helmets look amazing, but let’s face it, they must be pretty restrictive when it comes to allowing the robots to verbally communicate. Carrying on a conversation with them must be ridiculously difficult. But it seems like their auditory senses are fully functioning. I bet the robots are great listeners. We should all remember to shut up once in a while and just listen.
Surround yourself with great people
You can’t do it all by yourself. And neither can the robots. I’m sure you’ve heard the good stuff on Random Access Memories with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers. But in the past they’ve also teamed up with Moby, Paul Oakenfold and Parliament/Funkadelic. Hire and then collaborate with the best and brightest folks in the workplace and everyone will shine.
Put out great content
Don’t get too comfortable and don’t be afraid to take some calculated risks. Daft Punk’s Thomas Banghalter once stated, “We wish people could be influenced by our approach as much as our output. It’s about breaking the rules and doing something different.”
And finally, be interesting, unique, and maybe even a tad enigmatic
Embrace your uniqueness to create a differentiator. That’s what Daft Punk does. Initially the robot costumes were to combat shyness, but Banghalter says, “It became exciting from the audience’s point of view. It’s the idea of being an average guy with some kind of superpower.”
They even created a great background story to strengthen their mystique: ”We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots.”
At the office today, try to implement some of these simple lessons from Daft Punk and I’m sure you’ll “Get Lucky” with your career.