Take the Stairs…..

This Spring has brought me into a new realm of my life. New people and new ideas have been abundant. It doesn’t happen all the time, that life has such a fantastic flow to it, so when it happens I like to go deep with it. I am never more happy then when I am surrounded with people who push me to the next level.

Since moving from California to Tennessee I have experienced the most disruptive, confronting and ultimately life changing situations I have ever faced as an adult. It is very easy to get comfortable in life. I am not talking about money. I am talking about patterns.

Easy to form and hard to break, a pattern can keep us from moving our lives closer to our ultimate goals. Patterns are usually wrapped tightly like saran wrap around our emotions, like a second skin.

Bad patterns happen to all of us, so I took some time to try and break the cycle. This weekend I have had the pleasure of spending time with some new friends. A group of young professionals who have made the success of others their success. This group of three couples impressed me deeply.

One , a gentleman named Rory Vaden recently released a book that is a current New York Times best seller titles TAKE THE STAIRS.

Rory is the kind of person you want to be around. Not only because it is clear he is in the infancy of what is certain to become an incredible career as a thought leader with his New York Times best seller Take the Stairs, but also because it is obvious that this guy walks the walk that he talks.

His book taps into a universal epidemic of procrastination, and uses the idea of ‘Taking the Stairs’ to demonstrate what we need to do in order to move forward towards our goals.

He gets to the heart of a  simple concept; success does not come easy, and if it does there is always a price to pay on the other side.

Consider that theory as you are walking more deeply into your career as a musician. Hard work pays off, and I don’t mean that in a ‘Grandpa’s telling you’ kind of way, I mean that time and experience account for ALOT. Elbow grease, sweat, whatever you want to call it, it takes time to build a solid foundation.

So be kind to yourself, give yourself the time you need to build a foundation.

Consider how important DISCIPLINE is. Anybody can be BUSY, but having structure and discipline is required to make it to the next level (for anyone). Rory talks about how highly successful people have trained themselves to do the things that most people don’t want to do….I can relate to that. Anyone can.

Rory’s concept really got me thinking about what I call the “American Idol Disease.” I meet artists and musicians over and over who are simply waiting for a fairy godmother to appear, wave a wand and make them famous. That MIGHT happen for 10 people a year. Seriously. If you wait to be discovered instead of working hard towards your goal, you will most likely wait for longer than you are able to hold on. So consider Rory’s theory on life, music and maybe even in music licensing.

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ARISTOTLE

Buy Rory’s book…it is worth it, also follow his social channels.





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