First you must recognize and acknowledge your potential before you can even intend on using it. We all have potential to achieve greatness inside of us but it's whether or not we choose to pursue it, nurture it, care for it that it may lead us somewhere special. If you neglect something long enough, it may end up leaving you.
I strongly believe that confidence is the key to all success. But where does confidence come from? It comes from the endless hours of practice we put into perfecting our skills. Without practice, without hard work and without dedication you can not perfect your skills and you can not reach that next level.
Once your skills improve and evolve your confidence will be sky high. However it is important not to mistake confidence for egotism. It is important to have confidence so you can perform at your best but it is important to take your ego out of the equation. I've learned through my many mistakes that ego can be a very ugly thing and does nothing to help your cause. Instead learn from your mistakes and failures. But be humble when success comes your way. Throughout my many failures in the last 2.5 yrs, I've learned that failure once in awhile keeps your feet on the ground. It reminds you that you are not the center of the universe.
I no longer fear rejection or failure because I've experienced it so much in the last 2.5 years. There have been many days where I wanted to give up everything and walk away from music and my artwork altogether. But everytime I felt this way, I always asked myself the same question "What else would you rather be doing than music and art?" And everytime I fail to find an answer. This is why I must continue my journey regardless of what happens.
Instead of being defeated by failure, I choose to learn from it and I choose to become stronger with each fall, more experienced with each stumble. I've learned that there is more to life than to just merely exist. Living each day to work purely for money without happiness is not living. It is called existing. But to enjoy your work and still earn a living from it, that's the life I want.
The amazing thing is, I feel like I am slowly getting there for the first time. Of course a lot of it has to do with the endless hours of practice I am putting into perfecting my skills. But most importantly, my life has truly turned from a depressing never ending cycle to an exciting prospect because I have learned the values of life. The value of hard work, dedication, tenacity, no fear and respect.
Just 2.5yrs ago it seemed impossible to make a living purely from my music alone. But now, that is my reality, right now I am making enough money from my music alone to live comfortably. But also I've turned several other hobbies into skill sets that can also generate income. The next step is the truly exciting part...Touring...
The best is yet to come!