Posted in BlogMay 24, 2013
Over this past week I have been in contact with several musicians that have told me, “Jason, man, I just can’t do it any more! Something happened and took my desire away.” I want to just take a moment to offer some words of encouragement…
In my experience, the music business has always been very cut- throat where the most talented person does not always get chosen for the job. I can remember being in school and competing with my music teachers for gigs… which made for some tense situations being as I have never been one to not say what was on my mind. I have known for my whole life that I was called to be something more than average. I had parents that instilled in me that if you want to achieve great things then you are going to have to work damn hard.
As I became older and experienced life and all the things life throws at you I learned that sometimes wanting something bad just isn’t enough. I can recall a story that Eric Thomas told about a young man that wanted to have lots of money, so he went and visited a guru. The young man told the guru that he wanted to be on the same level as him. Hearing this, guru said, “if you truly want to be on the same level as me I’ll meet you on the beach tomorrow at 4am“. The young man looked at the guru and questioned, “The beach?? I want to make money, not swim“! The guru smiled and said, “I’ll see you on the beach at 4am.” At 4am the next morning the young man gets to the beach dressed to the nines in his suit. The guru takes him by the hand and asks, “how badly do you want to be successful?” The young man says, “really badly“. The guru instructs him to walk out in to the water, so he walks out waist deep and stops. The young man, now thinking this old guy is crazy mumbles to himself, “I want to make money and he has me out here swimming“. The guru tells the young man to come on out out a little further… so he walks out neck deep. The guru tells him to come on out just a little bit further. The young man, now standing in water mouth deep decides he is going to go back in. The guru looks at him and asks, “I thought you said you wanted to be successful”? The young man replies “I do“. The guru tells him to walk out a little further. When the young man came a little further the guru grabbed him and held his head under the water. The young man started fighting trying to get free but the guru just held him there. Just before the young man passed out, the guru let him go and said, “I have a question, what was the one thing you wanted to do when you were under water??” The young man exclaimed, “I wanted to breathe“! The guru smiled and wisely said, “only when you have reached the point where you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe will you be successful“.
I don’t know about any of you, but if you have ever had an asthma attack or been short of breath the only thing you want to do in that moment is breathe. You don’t care about what’s on TV, who’s calling on the phone, what movie is playing you just want to breathe. Most people say they want to be successful but aren’t willing to put in the work. That means sometimes only getting one hour of sleep or maybe not getting any sleep because you may miss an opportunity. The rapper 50 cent once did an interview about a movie that he starred in and also did the soundtrack for. He said when he wasn’t on the set he was in the studio and when not in the studio he was on the set. The interviewer asked him when he sleeps and he replied “I DON’T, sleep is for those people who are broke…I have an opportunity to make a dream become a reality!”
How BAD do you want to breathe???