I have this friend that I really admire for a lot of reasons. He’s a level headed guy with a calm way about him, but it is his countless little tidbits of wisdom on life that really strike me about him.
A while back we were talking about hunting dogs as he is an avid outdoorsman and he said to me, “Dogs are what they do. If you want a good hunting dog, make him hunt and that’s what he’ll become.”
That struck me as important but I didn’t really understand completely until now.
Recently I’ve been working on a lot of other projects, trying to make good on my new years resolution to finish things I’ve started in the past few years. One such project that I’m really excited about was just a sparkle in my minds eyes six months ago, but I wanted to get it going before 2011 so it would fit into my finish things up plan.
This project is called Pianoing.com. It’s basically a site set up so others can follow my journey from the awful pianist that I am today, to what I will be in 2012. It’s a twelve month journey and I’ll be learning a new song entirely from scratch to finish each month, with vocals if the song calls for them. I’ve set steps in place to insure I move forward, but at this point, I’m still awful 🙂 (If you’re a music/piano fan, please check it out and subscribe!)
My talent (or lack thereof) aside, while I’m shifting some of my focus onto piano playing and music, I find that it’s on my mind quite a bit. I think about beats and sounds I hear in a different way. I also get a lot more musically geared ideas.
I started Personal Finance Firewall back in 2009 in order to take control of my finances and share what worked and what didn’t with anyone looking for the same kind of help.
Since then, finances have occupied my thoughts and I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on things. I’m no guru by any stretch but I’ve gotten to a certain point of control that I’m happy with and I’m able to make informed financial decisions without too much stress. I have also gotten a lot more business and entreprenurial ideas than ever before since I started really concentrating on PF Firewall.
Each of these projects and many others in my life were started without any experience. I went off somewhat half-cocked, but as experience came, I became what I claimed to be. I became a writer by writing. I became financially savvy by getting involved and doing financially savvy things. I will become a pianist by playing the piano. And each time, my mind shifts completely from one thing to the next and ideas are honed into that subject as if no others exist.
No matter what you do, commit yourself and believe in what you’re doing and it will be sure to happen. Planning can only go so far and if you’re always stuck in the planning stages of life, you will never reach the final result; you will never reach the point where you can live and sometimes a little faith and taking the first little step is more important than all the planning you could have ever done.
The famous maxim by René Descartes “I think therefore I am” rings far more true today than it ever has.
So, What are you?
Let me know in the comment section below!
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