The only way to accomplish anything is through strict focus. As the Japanese have a saying, “a focused mind must pierce through stone,” we too must exercise our focus.
I spend a lot of time in my early twenties pursing music-something I was pretty good at, but I didn’t have focus. I got by on pure talent and innovation. I worked with people who were also very talented. I recorded four records. But in the end, I wasn’t dying to do it. I wasn’t spending 3 hours a day practicing. This was my biggest mistake in music, not staying focused.
I cannot repeat this mistake again. I am 29, picking up a career, and it’s led me to a strange place. The record skipped and started over. I’m 24 again pissed off that I haven’t yet finished my degree. I’m 21 again making $11/hr. I’m 19 again working for my dad. I’m 16 again being at the beginning of a passionate life. I’m 13 again winning my first art contest. I’m 2 years old again only this time it’s not my father who wants to walk away, it’s me.
I’m 1% of the way through. Fearless-no shit. Optimistic-yes. Pissed off-yes. This must happen. I must design my way into a career. Last straw.