I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I watch this video. Not for myself, but for this duo, whose story I really only know a sliver of, but whose journey has been an inspiration to me and so many others.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are truly a testament to the nature of hard work and the pure pursuit of passion. They are artists. But they didn’t wait for someone to applaud their work, or to receive a stamp of approval (Hint: No great artists do). They didn’t need the validation of a record label. They created art for art’s sake. They poured out their all to whoever would listen. As Seth Godin says they picked themselves and people were mesmerized by it.

Like many great artists they inspire me to create, to be vulnerable, and always be improving. Get a window into their crazy past year in this Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tour finale video.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tour finale

[My wife and I had the chance to see them perform during Grammy week in downtown LA. The hype is real. These guys are great performers.]

Written by Kohl Crecelius
Kohl Crecelius is the CEO and Co-founder of the non-profit apparel brand Krochet Kids intl. He is passionate about helping others realize the role they can play in changing the world using the skills and gifts they have.