Madonna – Do What You Want

Madonna talks about people who try to tear her down for being successful, and says it’s human nature for people to blame others for their own fears and insecurities.


I wanted to tear my hair out because I can’t control public perception, only thing I can control is my work, what I do in studio, what I do as an actress. I can’t control what a writer is going to write about me.”

“Are you ever insecure about any of that?”

‘Yeah, I mean, it does make a person feel insecure because you put your blood, sweat, and tears into something and then you have to let it go. Why aren’t people inspired by everything that I’ve accomplished, why is everybody afraid? I think my strength … and that’s like the hardest thing that I’ve had to grasp and accept, is that, my surviving and my strength, and the things that I’ve accomplished, isn’t inspirational to other people. It’s frightening I think.

“I think it’s because so many people are so afraid to have a point of view, to strike out on their own and to try and realize one of their dreams, and to see someone else doing it…. we are living in an age and a society now where that is almost looked at as a weakness, something to be ashamed of.”

“Most people are immobilized by the fear of failure.”

“Yeah. Absolutely, and when they see someone else doing really well, I think deep down inside, it’s human nature to want to destroy them. To try to destroy them, to try to bring them down to your level so you can feel good about yourself. You have to stop blaming other people for everything, or stop holding other people responsible. You have to be much more independent in your thinking and you have to make sure that what you do is what you want to do. I will always take the road less traveled by.”