Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Abe, sounds like you've been talking with too many Aussies :)
This thread is touching on something I've never gotten my head around. Heaps of movie stars, rock stars etc will say something like this in interviews:
"I had a dream and I stuck to it even though everyone told me I was crazy and it couldn't be done. Don't listen to the doubters! Follow your dream and never let it go and one day you'll get there".
I believed that until I was 28 and saw bands hitting the big time that were not only much younger than my groups, but much better writers and players than we were. Not just better, in another league.
At 28, after a decade of playing around the traps, I figured that if it was going to happen, then it would have already happened ... or at least I'd have been a lot closer to making a living from music than I was. The scene is littered with people who never managed to live the dream and ended up joining the 9-to-5 drones, as I did. The unlucky ones ended up washing dishes.
Thing is, as the song says, ya gotta have faith (and I don't mean religion).
At the same time, people often benefit from cutting their losses and re-evaluating their goals.
They say there's no sense throwing good money after bad.
But winners never quit and quitters never win.
The whole thing does my head in, which is why I haven't offered an opinion on this thread. The idea of sober judgement of probabilities seems incompatible with living the dream. The only intersection seems to be that having a dream is a great motivator to work hard.
Just to complicate things further, they say:
It's not what you know but who you know.
You make your own luck.
It's in the lap of the gods ...
In the end, the only saying that makes sense to me is que sera sera.
and for me personally, i add - You Know What You Want To Do...Do What You Gotta Do To Make It Happen...and Donīt Hurt Nobody While Doing It.
of the ramifications of that statement are fully digested and understood, the rallying cry can be modified to simply...Do What You Gotta Do.
but never forget that the complete statement includes Donīt Hurt Nobody.