Singer-songwriter Lewis Watson shared one of the most valuable life lessons he’s learned during his career during a recent visit to uInterview’s offices – and it may not be quite what you’d expect.

“I was quite young when this whole thing started and so I was very naïve, so I’ve had a few life lessons, but I think the most important one for me is that you can’t please everybody, and that that’s ok,” Watson told uInterview exclusively. “I feel like at the start I didn’t really think anybody would listen to me or at least enjoy listening to me, so when that started to happen I thought, ‘wow, everybody loves me, this is great.’ Certainly that’s not the case, everybody doesn’t love you, there are a lot of people who don’t love you, and that’s fine.”

“There are a lot of things that I dislike that other people are passionate about. I just think that’s what makes us unique and different, and the way I look at it is, ‘hey, maybe they don’t like me right now, but if I keep trying, then maybe the next song I write will be their wedding song,'” the songwriter said of his motivation to keep writing. “No one is impossible to please, but I think it’s important to know that you can’t please everybody, and that’s something I learned very early on and I’m glad I did. I feel like I needed to be dragged down to earth a bit. I was on cloud nine and it certainly helped keep me grounded.”

In addition to keeping your expectations in check, Watson has one other piece of advice. “Just practice. Nobody is ever good enough to stop practicing,” he advised. “The more time you spend not practicing is the more time that somebody else will come and fill your spot. So you need to keep ding what you’re doing and keep enjoying what you’re doing — and the rest will happen.”