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Christopher Thompson's Closing the Deal: Local lesson about rising above adversity

January 04. 2014 7:39PM

IT GOES without saying that adversity and failure is inevitable.

In business, both are constant and part of the circle of success. We've all heard the countless analogies and examples of how adversity and defeat have helped extremely successful people succeed.

Everyone who has succeeded in their profession likely has more stories of adversity than they do of success. And this week, I had the opportunity to witness a success story who has experienced his share of adversity and defeat.

If you've been to a local restaurant or bar in New Hampshire over the last 10 years that offers live music, you've probably heard of or seen Josh Logan.

Logan is a singer and songwriter from Manchester who comes to mind for many people when they think of musicians from the Granite state.

He has been recognized by numerous people and organizations for his unique sound and work ethic, and has experienced tremendous success over the course of his career.

In 2006, Josh was one of the top 15 finalists on the hit reality show "Rock Star: Supernova," which was created to help find a lead singer for a newly-formed band featuring former band members of Metallica, Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses.

Unfortunately, Josh didn't win the spot as the new singer, but he had a very respectable finish.

Most recently, Josh appeared on Season 5 of "The Voice."

After his debut rendition of "Too Close," judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera all opted to take him on and work with him. He chose Christina Aguilera as his coach and came in 11th place overall.

He was a fan favorite and his raw talent and skills were recognized by all of the judges. But unfortunately, he didn't win it all.

This past Monday, my wife and I went to watch Josh perform at the Palace Theater in Manchester.

While I have seen him perform over the course of his career in various places, I was looking forward to seeing him play at this venue. He played to a sold-out crowd and even took some of the other local musicians he's played with in the past onstage to share the spotlight.

The show was outstanding and while I'm not a music expert or critic, I felt he performed better than I have ever seen him perform. And based on all of the fans screaming and dancing, it's fair to say everyone else at the show felt the same.

Some people may look at Josh's experiences on reality TV shows as failing. After all, he was voted off both shows and sent home.

But Josh looks at it differently and that is what is most inspiring. Instead of loathing in pity, complaining about not winning and giving up, Josh pulled himself back up and got right back to what he does best, playing music and performing.

To me, the story of Josh Logan is one that everyone can look to as an example of what hard work and overcoming adversity and defeat is all about.

Josh went from playing late nights at local bars to working with some of the most successful people in music and performing on national television. And while he didn't achieve his ultimate goal, it hasn't stopped him.

Based on what I saw and heard at his show, the only thing his failure did was to make him work harder and get better and what he does. And based on that, I'm confident Josh Logan will achieve his ultimate goal soon. That's just how it happens. And this is a lesson we can all learn from.

Christopher Thompson writes Closing the Deal weekly for the Sunday News.

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