Pharrell Williams is a pretty considered dude.
It's easy to miss.
But watch a few choice interviews.
Off-stage, his manner is thoughtful. Open. Humble. You can see he's someone who considers a topic deeply.
Listen to the way he runs a studio session with Ariana Grande - he's someone with an appreciation for the value of a moment.
Watching the interviews you realise - he's not just searching for the right words, but the right everything. It's a manner of truly listening - deeply respecting the question by giving it the grace of a thoughtful response.
It makes sense - consider the way he describes the role of a producer: a mirror. Dealing with creative conflict is about taking off the ego hat. It's not a technique, but a fundamental shift in the importance placed on communion with others.
That they have value. It's about them.
It's the opposite of how a culture of Everything Now regularly trains us. Most of us speak first, then listen. We'd dash off a word, a decision, a choice, a tweet in a second. Because there isn't too much time for nuance — it's hard enough just to be heard. And as we move through life as quickly as possible, to hustle, to win, thoughtfulness is a subtlety we don't always have time for.
Pharrell is a perfect example of the necessary gap between the big hat and the calm mind. Between the larger-than-life persona and the private individual.
Because as we sprint through life, we might be bold, but we could also hope to be a little considered.
Considered, like Pharrell Williams.