AS ARTISTS, THE GOAL POST FOR “SUCCESS” IS ALWAYS MOVING. THERE’S NOT ONE “I MADE IT!” POINT. HOW DO YOU THINK ABOUT AND DEFINE SUCCESS?
Success to me is being happy. Success to me is learning, growing, making mistakes and especially being grateful for my past and present. In music and in the arts, success can be easily associated with awards, likes and follows on Instagram, applause, and validation from others. I know some people who help the elderly, donate to various causes and help humanity behind the scenes and don’t get any applause or recognition for their kindness and generosity.
There are people who are suffering and for them to simply wake up in the morning is a milestone. Success to me is having empathy, being grateful for this moment, and still grateful even if I don’t get what I want. I used to tell myself that “I’ll be successful when (blank),” and fill in the blank. It made me greedy and envious, and made me and play and practice drums to be the best or “win,” and post videos to get likes and followers and waiting for validation from others. Now when I play drums I play from a place of love, of humility and from a place of knowing that the journey of learning is never ending. With this mindset, I feel successful and want to be the best version that I can be.
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