I am here writing mid week, mid month and not long before before Christmas. I have no idea what I am going to write about but if I write nothing I know I will be failing my goal of writing a regular blog so here I am. I sit here before you, well sort of, not knowing what to write. About 5 minutes ago I attempted to write a song, something I have never succeeded in, and once again I had no luck getting a catchy lyric so I thought...well I am due to write a blog so I'll do that instead.....a clever distraction right?
I guess I will write about what is going through mind at this time....I wonder if anyone is going to read this and will I be around when they do? I think what I like most about the internet is that everything is there forever....a luxury that only actors had in the past, leaving a part of themselves behind forever on film is now a gift that we all have. On one hand it floods the internet since everyone is online but on the other hand it gives us all a chance to leave a permanent mark on the world. Our pictures on Facebook leave all the good memories and a mixed idea of how we lived our lives but I hope to leave a true record of my life online. Be it through my guitar lesson videos and my writings like this one, I hope it leaves some insight to future generations of how this 41 year old male was thinking at this time in 2017.
So where am I at? Well at the moment I am looking at different ways to make a living, by posting regular videos on YouTube I hope to one day receive some kind of payment but I am not relying on that, I am always working on building my online store selling products and also on improving the simplicity of learning guitar. I try to make learning as simple as possible because this is how I would like to learn. I believe that if you can't explain it simply, you don't know it well enough or you are just fearful of people being better than you are. I have some students that have surpassed me in speed on the guitar, I find pride in that. The fact that I inspired them and gave them the tools and shortcuts means that I am on the right path. They have avoided all the common mistakes thanks to my simple approach to teaching. I teach how I would like to be taught, as a child. You can teach an old dog new tricks if you try hard enough and most people are pretty much the same, some self doubt but some confidence also. Once I can prove to a student that they can do anything I can do, the confidence level rises and the doubt starts to disappear.
The problem I face at the moment is believing the same for myself, I should know that I have the same potential as every other person and therefore try new things but unfortunately I still carry self doubt and a fear of failing. If I never try I can never fail. Poor thinking I know but it serves us well. If I take small steps I will get there, so I guess one step at a time right. The message I am trying to get across is that I'm far from perfect but if I keep improving I will keep moving forward and therefore be living. To stop moving means the opposite. No movement no life. Whatever you are dreaming about, please start a plan to move towards it so you can start living. I know I am, small steps and if I never get there I don't care, because the journey is more important!
To finish I would like to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger's rules for success....
1. Trust yourself
2. Break some rules
3. Don't be afraid to fail
4. Ignore the naysayers
5. Work like hell
6. Give something back.
P.S. ...I will one day write a song so like your guitars, stay tuned!