Chasing Your Dreams.

Steve explains how to pursue dreams:

4 thoughts on “Chasing Your Dreams.”

  1. Reblogged this on Liz Hanlon Tells All and commented:
    What he’s saying is not to get so caught up in what I call the “minutiae,” of life or any area you’re pursuing, that you miss the main passion that started you down that road in the first place. Example: Musicians who spend so much time on the mechanics of playing–the scales, the technique needed for their instrument–that they don’t really make creative music. Now these mechanics are all completely necessary; you can tell that just by the number of people who try to bypass them and sound like you-know-what when they attempt to play with others. But it’s a balance: learn the “craft” well (those mechanics, whether in Math, medicine, music, banking, whatever) and THEN, like my old Berklee music teachers told us, “try to forget it when you get up on the stand.” That doesn’t really mean to forget it, at least not the knowledge of those scales and techniques, but don’t have them in the forefront of your mind. They are TOOLS only, and they should be solid so that when you do create your music, that beautiful stream-of-consciousness sound does what you originally intended it to do: move people.
    Another example: When I first started writing novels, I felt very restrained by what I was afraid was the “the right way to write.” The correct method of getting the words down. My editor helped a great deal, but it took looking back at that first book for about 10 yrs to realize how stiff it was, and to develop a balance of correct grammar–very important too–and writing with excitement, style, and developing something people would want to read. Those mechanics and techniques are vitally important, but they are not the THING. Since we know we need to earn a living, pay the bills, etc, it’s easy to do things because we think we “should”… but in the end it’s never a path to satisfaction. Finding a way to achieve both is the key, and my opinion is that we usually have to accept a few things we were trying to avoid, like perhaps a smaller paycheck, or a move to a small town instead of the city. I also believe you’ll know it when you hit on the right decision.

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    1. Hello Liz! great to read your comment and thought of the struggle doing what is mostly relevant to make a living. In life we’ve all been in that point where things never seem to be how we really picture it. But it’s not how many times well fall but how willing and ready we are to get back up…

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