So what can girls learn from some of the hardest rockers in the business? Dayna Steele, an award winning rock station DJ, takes us on a wild ride through show business to prove to us, that at the end of the day, being a rock star is more about being a good business person than anything else.
Dayna Steele ruled the airwaves in Dallas, DJ-ing a popular rock radio show. Her legions of fans named themselves the “Steelworkers” and she got to meet and interview some of the legends of rock and roll, like Gene Simmons from KISS, Sting and many others. Over the years, she got so many questions about what it took to become a rock star that she decided to write a book revealing all she knows. The book, Rock To The Top – What I Learned About Success From The World’s Greatest Rock Stars is a great ride through rock and roll.
The book is a quick read, and has some great lessons for just about anyone. Even though it’s about rock and roll, this book isn’t about becoming a star. The focus is on using some of the principles that great bands have used to help anyone get ahead in any business. As it turns out becoming a true rock star (rather than a one hit wonder) takes a lot of good old fashioned hard work. With catchy titles like “I love Rock and Roll” and “Why Yes, I am A Rock Star,” Dayna equates real world principles like passion for your work and confidence to both the inner and outer game of success. While you won’t get any quick tips on how to win American Idol, you will get a fun and rollicking ride through the lessons we all know, but often forget – there are no shortcuts – in life or in Rock and Roll.
Dayna was kind enough to sit down and talk with the GirlMoguls more about the book and her outlook on life. She’s a passionate believer in helping others, especially girls succeed. In addition to being a DJ, Dayna started an online space store – where you could buy just about everything related to outer space except for the space ship. After she successfully built that company she sold it and turned her attention to her newest venture – Smart Girls Rock, an online community and store that aims to make smart the new cool for girls. We think this totally rocks and loves how Dayna (a mother to three boys) is out there making the world a better place for girls.
So Rock On Dayna and thanks for talking to us!
Quick Picks- cool stuff we learned from and about Dayna
Dayna loves Captain Kangaroo
Current Rock Star Faves:
The Jonas Brothers
Miley Cyrus for her relationship with her patents
Bono – for being a Rock Star humanitarian
David Lee Roth of Van Halen Fame –for being a NYC EMT (Emergency Room Technician) in his spare time
Gene Simmons – KISS singer and Family Jewels star – businessman and father extraordinare
Michelle Obama – for her parenting skills and how she’s handling the White House and keeping it real for the First Daughters
Danica McKeller (Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years) – Went to college, studied math and has written two books on how to make math cool
Dayna also travels across the country giving talks to schools, youth groups and other organizations – and with her storehouse of rock and roll stories, you know you wouldn’t be bored. You can learn more about her speaking here.
Dr. Smith’s Note to Parents: While the book is probably best suited to the older teeen, college student, recent grad or any career woman looking for a leg up in the business world. Dayna includes some fun pictures from her rock and roll days and if you’re ok with a spoof of the famous Demi Moore Vanity Fair pregnancy shot (you know the one), the book is perfectly acceptable for just about any age.
Moms – you can read more about Dayna on the GirlMogul Mom Blog