“Don’t worry, Be Happy”

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Who can forget Bobby McFerrin’s hit “Don’t worry, Be Happy” released in September 1988….I bet that you can hear the words ringing in your ears right now. Yes, come on……just sing along…”Don’t worry, be happy.” How famous was the song, well it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks. On the UK Singles Chart, the song reached number 2 during its fifth week and at the 1989 Grammy Awards, it won the awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. That’s what I call a hot single!    


But did you know that the song’s title is taken from a famous quote by Meher Baba, the Indian mystic and sage. The full version of the sentiment he wanted to express was, “Do your best. Then, don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you” It incorporates taking responsibility along with a sense of detachment in the context of a relationship between a disciple and his master or benefactor who ensures that in the end, all will be provided for! Awesome advice we could use in today’s world that is choked with ridiculous KPI’s, ever increasing stretch quotas, inhuman work schedules, the neurotic pressure to out perform and earn recognition, the crazy drive for perfection and rat race to  corporate or business hell, all of which breeds self alienation, health threatening stress levels and broken relationships!


Need help? Just go to a book shop and pick up a self help book… which will only tell you how wrong you are and have been, and provide you with some fancy “out of reach” redemptive formula that will only make you feel that you need more help. (That’s how they make the big bucks!) Perhaps the advice of this song or rather the full version of it by Meher Baba offers some good food for the soul. It can be broken down to THREE parts;


  1. Do your best. Take responsibility. Period.

  2. Let go, be detached of the outcome. Relax. 

  3. Surrender and trust your higher power, your SPIRITUAL benefactor who will do the rest. Be at ease.          


Go ahead and try this one out. I bet that it will make a difference for you. Please enjoy the clip below and “Don’t worry, be Happy”, FOUR words that may change your life!




By the way, ever wondered how did McFerrin come across Baba? Well the truncated version of this expression was printed up on inspiration cards and posters in the 80’s and in 1988, McFerrin noticed one in the apartment of the jazz band Tuck & Patti in San Francisco. Inspired by the expression’s charm and simplicity, McFerrin wrote the now famous song!


 Stay committed to transcending, transforming and transferring value back to your world!


Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources. He has more than 14 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Talent Development. He holds a MBA from Gordon University, Illinois, is a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA), a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner.  You can follow Conrad on facebook!