We’ve all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
But I think we’re forgetting how powerful words actually are. Even though words can not physically break bones, they can cause a lot of other things — a fight, a kiss, a tear, a smile — the list goes on.
If you think about it, we are constantly consuming words — whether it be on the news, on the radio, in the streets, or in our own heads — we are constantly hearing words. A lot of the time, words can be used to put other people down, but if used with the right purpose, words can build people up.
Poetry is having its comeback in this age of words, messages, and media. When you think of poetry, maybe you think of really elitist literature that you wouldn’t bother reading, but it’s really more than that. Poetry can tell stories, it can inspire others, and it can help us understand our feelings more accurately than we ourselves could describe.
On the School of Greatness today, I’ve got a poet to tell us about the power of words, the mystery of love, and learning how to use our own voice in a world full of noise.
IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He’s inspired audiences around the world through his live performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 70 million views combined.
As a songwriter, IN-Q’s hit single “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez went multi-platinum, winning him a BMI award. He has written with renowned artists including Aloe Blacc, Miley Cyrus, Mike Posner, and Foster the People. His songs have accumulated over one billion views on YouTube alone.
His first book, Inquire Within, comes out on March 31st, 2020. We talk about it in this interview, and it sounds absolutely incredible. I know a lot of us are spending a lot of time at home right now, so a book of amazing, uplifting poetry would be great to read in the upcoming month.
In this interview, we cover everything from poetry and love to pain and forgiveness. IN-Q opens up about his relationship with his father and how it’s made him who he is today.
You’re not gonna want to miss this one. Even if you’ve never read a poem in your life, it’s never too late to start that journey. Join me on Episode 934 to learn about love, loss, and words with creative genius and poet, IN-Q.