When you are picking a hobby, a job, or simply looking for something that interests you, make your decision with the assumption that you will not receive any fame, fortune, or recognition for your hard work, other than the enjoyment of the hobby itself.
Do you want to play music, OR do you want to be a famous musician? « The Forward Mind
There is a difference. You’ve probably known a guy who goes to his local music store, spends hundreds of dollars buying a guitar, amp, cord, pedals, etc. just to put everything up on craigslist three months later. Now, it could be that the hobby just didn’t interest him, or maybe he found a new hobby. Or, it could be that the vision he had in his head when he bought that equipment had nothing to do with playing guitar. He may have envisioned himself on a giant stage, spotlights blinding him while droves of screaming fans try desperately to get his attention. Maybe he imagined a line of girls waiting outside his tour bus, desperately hoping that he’ll impregnate them and never talk to them again.
The problem with this fantasy of his is that it already assumes he knows how to play the guitar magnificently. He doesn’t want to learn guitar, he wants to know guitar. He doesn’t want to embark on a journey towards mastery over a musical instrument. He wants fame, fortune, and sex. Read More »