I was always fascinated by kids achieving comparable levels of success to those of accomplished marketing sages and business wizards.
How did they get so lucky? Did they cheat to skip in front of the success line? But more importantly: why them and not me?
Patience is a lifelong pursuit. And a very strong weapon.
We musicians are often plagued by impatience. We are aware of our gifts, and the inherent rewards they entail, yet we can't seem to be able to wait for "our time".
What good is success if we can't handle it? Success has to be planned for. We have to prepare and methodically "train" to sustain success. But more importantly, to enjoy it.
Mr. Miyagi is right: you do not fight to prepare for a fight.
You build character.
You build confidence.
You build you.
Let's strive to be ready for our moment. When it is finally unveiled before our eyes, we'll be ready to savor every sip of it. Even at sixty, seventy or a hundred years old.
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You don’t need anything. You can achieve incredible mixes on your white iPhone earbuds for all I care, given that you understand their frequency response (what they sound like at each crucial frequency bands). So my short answer to the question in the title is: headphones. Plain and simple. Oh… and here are 5 reasons why.