Before I started Drummer’s Resource I was working full-time in my family’s restaurant and playing 120 shows a year. When I was touring I didn’t want to come home. When I was home I wanted to be on the road. For me, the solution was clear…pursue drums full-time.
The Problem: I was comfortable.
I was making a lot of money, could come and go as I pleased and controlled how much (or how little) I worked my day job.
It was a great situation…except I was unhappy.
I wanted to be a full-time musician, but I was scared to “jump.”
Then…in 6 days:
I lost my job. (Very long story)
I lost my place to live.
My girlfriend broke up with me.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I turned 30 a week later.
It’s safe to say I was going through a quarter-life crisis and I needed to dig deep to find answers. I started studying personal development and devoured every piece of content I could get my hands on. I read books from Napoleon Hill, Les Brown, Dale Carnegie, Steven Covey, etc.
Then came YouTube…
I watched hundreds (okay, thousands) of speeches by Jim Rohn, Eric Thomas, Napoleon Hill, Tony Robbins and countless others.
Finally, I came across an 8-minute video that was a complete game-changer for me — “Will Smith Shares his Secrets for Success”
I’m a Philly native and have always been a huge Will Smith fan, but I had no idea how hard he works.
Will Smith has (in his words) “Ridiculous, sickening work ethic.”
That was the catalyst for me to stop living small and start pushing myself harder than I ever had before. In realized I can achieve anything I want if I work hard enough at it. (Except play in the NBA…way too short for that)
To keep myself motivated, I literally watched this video EVERY SINGLE MORNING for a year.
I urge you to watch it too.
Then watch it again.
Watch it a third time and let it sink in.
“Greatness is not this wonderful, elusive, esoteric, God-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. Greatness truly exists in all of us” — Will Smith