“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford said this. And he’s right.
I never cared whether people believed in me or not. I believe in me, and that’s all that matters.
When I first got into my consulting day job, a former friend of mine flat out told me that I’d never make it. According to him, I was just an artist. No way I’d make it in this line of work.
A million dollars later, I’ve proved him wrong. Note that that link shows you exactly what I did to make my first million. I’m quite confident that if you follow that blueprint, you will break a million in your lifetime.
However, as I said in that article, I don’t think it’s the best way to go. Working for someone else really is soul sucking at times. I would have much rather made it in art. Which leads up to…
I’ll prove them wrong again
Only a handful of people believe I can make money as a musician. Most musicians I know, actually, especially musicians, have become so jaded that they think it’s impossible.
According to them, you pretty much have to “sell out.” You have to create music that sucks that appeals to the mindless masses.
So of course, I’m flipping this entirely around. I’m writing music for intelligent people, or people who actually love to challenge their brains. Yes, the people who will like my music will be a small minority since most people are intellectually lazy.
Why? Because, for one, I have integrity. And for another, I’m not going to waste time doing anything I don’t want to do.
This is where “if you think you can” comes in
And here’s where that Henry Ford quote comes in. The first and foremost part of success is simply believing you can do something. If you don’t believe you can do it, nobody else will. Thus, if you don’t believe in the music you create, then why should anyone buy it?
I pour my heart and soul into my art. I bleed for my art. These songs I write are real. I dedicate each piece to someone who influenced me.
Despite some of the pieces being fantasy, I still base each character from someone from real life. The love songs are all analogies of what really happened with me and either my wife or one of my exes. They’re as real as it gets.
I even base some lyrics off of historical events. Or straight from Western culture. I love writing from Greek and Roman mythology since they’re such a huge part of what would later become Western culture.
Sometimes, I even compose inspired by a muse. I have a new beautiful female friend, absolutely gorgeous, who inspired me to create the piece that we’ll be releasing in April. No don’t worry. I’m not having an affair or cheating on my wife in any way. As an artist, I appreciate beauty for beauty’s sake. I’m neither one of those politically correct dipshits who are anti-beauty nor a post-modernist who creates ugly art because he sees an ugly world.
The Last Romantic, which we’ll release in January, was inspired by my Grandmother who is turning 100 in January. She was born during World War I! She’s the reason I drink so much coffee every single day.
How does this apply to you?
I’m not you. You’re you. Ask yourself, what do you want to accomplish in your lifetime? Now, do you think you can or do you think you can’t accomplish that?
If you answered that you can, you’re right.
If you answered that you can’t, you’re right.
You see? Either way, you’re right.
Success is a mentality. If you truly believe that you have free will, that you need to first list what you want to accomplish, and you actually do the work it takes to get it done, you will succeed. You can’t get frustrated and you can’t quit. You’ll have plenty of setbacks. Things will go wrong. You might even encounter people who want to sabotage your success. You simply have to keep going, despite all the obstacles.
People succeed because they believe they can, and do the necessary work.
On the other hand, people fail when they quit or have the mentality that they can’t do something.
So Henry Ford is right on. Believe you can or believe you can’t, either way, you’re right.