What does it take to be a successful independent musician? Jabari Presents follows Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in this short film to showcase the hard work that goes into being an independent musician.
In the movie Forest Gump, Forrest says, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..”
Like the job market, you don’t know “what you’re gonna get” because they’re hard to find, nonetheless one that you’re passionate about.
So why not create your job yourself? Go to the unknown….
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
On that note, how do you leave a trail?
Fighting For Your Passion
1) What makes you angry? What makes me angry is apathy towards life. An attitude that says “I don’t care” or “whatever”. It makes me angry because I have to battle it. It’s an internal struggle for me, to fight against the voice in my head that tells me “whatever”. For me, I’m passionate about inspiring others to live out their passions. I’m passionate about living a life that is not apathetic.
2) See the world full of possibilities!
Ronald Reagan said, “We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of entrepreneurs, seeing possibilities where others only see problems.”
When I tell people I want to be an author and musician, they look at me with doubt and say “That’s impossible,” and I respond with, “You know what’s impossible…It’s impossible to take a piece of metal, curl it up, put wings on it, and have it fly across the ocean with people in it. That’s impossible, but the Wright Brothers figured out how to do that!
Confucius said, “The one who says he can and cannot are both correct.”
When I was in high school I had this crazy thought and said, “What if I went to college?”
When I applied to Biola, I wasn’t accepted because my SAT scores weren’t high enough. Long story short, I was accepted when I wrote a letter of intent explaining how I was going to succeed at Biola.
Sophomore year I thought “what if I join a collegiate Swim Team? I only have 1 year of high school experience but what if?” I made the team and definitely was not the fastest of the bunch, but I still made it.
My junior year, I said “What if I became the AS President?” I wasn’t expecting much, I just thought I would be wasting my passion if I didn’t use it. To my surprise, I got it.
I mentioned earlier I wanted to be an author so I wrote a piece for a website called ilikegiving just for fun and a few months later, they contacted me and asked if they could use my story for a book they’re publishing, and now I’m going to be in a book! Now you tell me, what’s impossible!?
Some of you may be thinking, “That’s great Chris, but that’s for you, not me.” That’s not true. The only difference between you and I is that I’ve probably failed more than you.
I have failed many, many, many times. It doesn’t make me less of a human being. It makes me more human.
Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Adam Christing, a comedian and entrepreneur, when I asked him how he became successful he said, “My whole life has been failing forward”.
That said, failing is part of growing and learning to accept that is one step closer to achieving your dream.
Failing Is Inevitable and That’s Ok!
In finding jobs, in doing life, and in creating your own path you’re going to fail, and it is inevitable! But that is ok! Failing is how we learn and grow.
Zach King, also known as FinalCutKing from Youtube said, “I definitely have more failures than wins, it’s only made me a better filmmaker”.
Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist said, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
Do work that matters! Do work that you love! I want to inspire and encourage people as a living through books and music. Why not now?
Lemony Snicket said “If you wait ’til you’re ready, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.”
Ask for help from others! See what connections you have! It’s a small world!
According to Dr. Mani from entrepreneursjourney.com, “Too often, we tend to focus on the problems and difficulties along our path. Stop. Look for solutions.”
So how do you take one step closer to your dream? Here are some tips.
1) Achieve the Impossible by Taking Risks!
“So many people tiptoe through life, so carefully, to arrive, safely, at death.”- Tony Campolo, Carpe Diem: Seize the Day
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly”-Robert F. Kennedy
2) Make Goals for yourself!
Using “SMART” goals has enabled me to make my ideas happen. I would recommend looking into what each word in this acronym entails as it will give you a better idea of what it means.
S.M.A.R.T. goals -Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
3) Stay Committed to Your Passion and Goals
Think about a hero of yours or someone that you admire. They were committed to their passions through the good and bad, and because of that it paid off. We often don’t think about how our heroes got to where they are. Most likely, they had to take risks, and most likely they failed with some of those. The key is that they were committed to their passion and were consistent.
Tim Worthstal from Forbes Magazine says,
“We all know that entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a growing economy. We also all know that there’s not much growing about the economy right now so perhaps having more entrepreneurs would be a good idea?”
I would like you to write down your dream job and something you wish you could do. Now ask yourself, two questions 1) “What’s holding me back?” 2) “How do I get there?”
I see potential in you! Do you see potential in yourself?
I want to be an author that challenges the way we think and a musician that inspires.
What do you want to be?