“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are we doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
For many years, I pursued my dream of becoming a rock star. My band mates and I wrote and recorded songs and worked the clubs, all in hopes of fame and wealth. In time, it didn’t look like it was going to happen. By then, advancements in technology were changing the record industry, I had started a family and was at a crossroads.
It turned out to be a time of reflection for me. I had the chance to start fresh with a clean slate. It was an opportunity to determine what mattered and answer nagging questions: What did I care about? What did I want my life to be? If I can have it any way I wanted, what would that be?
This is when I made an important shift. I realized that for me, performing music was really about serving and giving to the audience & I could have what I always wanted without being a rock star. I learned what mattered to me had nothing to do with fame – I cared about the music and performance. Serving others was my purpose.
Today, our band travels by tour bus and jet planes and I get to be home with my family during the week and play with the best musicians on the planet on weekends. I also get to bring my sons on the road from time to time – I am truly living my dream.
When we created Party on the Moon, we had no idea we were actually creating a management company. It grew organically by its own volition. We had more requests than we could accommodate and we had great musicians calling us looking for work. Today, we’re helping our clients, musicians and ourselves. It’s a win-win for everyone and a great example of how creating leads to more creating and how thinking about our purpose can make all the difference.
I encourage you to take a look at your own life and ask yourself, “What is important to me?”
P.S. – More on this topic can be found in Rock ’n’ Roll, Martial Arts & God, Tips on Success from the Masters.