It takes a lot to achieve a dream. Grit, determination, motivation, resilience, etc. Some people have all of these qualities. Others do not. This difference is what separates the individuals who are more likely to find success in their pursuits and the people who are less likely. But whether or not you have any of these skills is for another day. If you really want to achieve your dreams or ambitions, if you possess any of these abilities or not, at some point in time you’re going to have to answer this question;
Are you ready?
If you suddenly woke up on Thursday and knew that Friday morning your dream was going to come through, would you be ready?
The reason why I’m broaching this subject is because I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently and have come to the conclusion that no, I would not be ready.
My dream, for those of you wondering, is to become a globally recognised Hip Hop artist and to be signed to a record label.
Over the last while I’ve been writing records, planning recording sessions and live shows. But if I was to be completely honest with myself, I’m not at the standard of skill and artistry at which I would feel comfortable doing all these things. I would probably look back within six months of doing a live show and be like “what the actual hell was I thinking”.
I’ve had these ambitions and dreams since I was eight when I gate-crashed my cousin’s wedding reception and sang She’s The One by Robbie Williams. Since I was twelve and I started freestyle rapping on the internet with complete strangers. And now when I’m almost sixteen and I have plans to drop a mix tape in the next year or so. It’s been the only thing I’ve every really had in my head. Kind of like a “Get Rich or Die Trying” mentality.
But now that I’ve had the time to think about and come to terms with the fact that I’m not as good as it takes at the moment, I’m really ok with it. The realisation has brought with it this playful atmosphere of complete possibility. I have plenty of time to work on my craft and get it to a quality that I can be happy with. Because the truth is if I continue on this path that I have found myself on at the minute, of recording and doing shows, I could say in years to come “oh yeah, I’ve been recording and performing music since I was sixteen years of age.” But in reality, how much of that is actually going to be of decent, consumable quality? A very small percentage. I can tell you that for free.
I know very little about production, I’m a mediocre piano player, I practice a little guitar. Sure I can write raps and that’s something I am very good at. But to be a great musician in general I need to perfect and master all of these individual crafts. Because I have finally realised that I would rather be globally recognised when I’m 25 as a Hip Hop artist and signed to a label because I create dope original music, then be signed to a label at 18 still making records from free instrumentals with sub-par lyrics.
We all have dreams and ambitions and they’re all very different but one thing we always have to keep in mind when trying to achieve them is that we have to be honest with ourselves. Are we making moves too soon? Are we sacrificing the quality that comes with the experience we don’t have yet just because we want our dreams to come through right now?
I think this is a huge thing for teenagers my age who are just starting to figure out what they want to do in life. Honestly, could you do the hobby that you think will make you a millionaire as a job in the morning? For adults as well, yes, but I think the wisdom and knowledge that they gain over the years teaches them this lesson a bit sooner because they have more experience with the world.
Adults, I think it would be fair to say, think about these things more so than our age group, because they have to think a bit more logically then us teenagers. They have to support families, pay rent/mortgages. They have responsibilities that force them to take these questions into account when deciding to do anything in regards to their dreams.
So you want to be a professional YouTuber? Are you ready to make and edit videos every day? Are you ready to market yourself on the internet? Are you ready to collaborate with other content creators? Are you ready to x,y and z?
I think everyone should take this question into consideration when thinking about their dreams and making them real. It’s honestly freed me a lot. You just have to remember that it’s okay not to be ready. Just as long as you promise yourself that some day you will be.
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