Will Smith

How Will Smith inspired me to start Drummer’s Resource

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.

The realization: 

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

Be great…

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