Recently I met with a musician who makes his living entirely from playing, touring, and composing music. He’s not a household name, and he doesn’t make a lot of money but he’s a very content person.
I asked him how he is able to make it, and his answer was very simple.
“I try not to make decisions from fear.”
He got married about 10 years ago, and he doesn’t make as much money as his wife does, but he contributes his share. He said when he got married, he had to cut back on touring, as he wanted to spend more time with his wife.
He says there are a lot of ups and downs, financially, but that he’s gotten used to it. There always seems to be one big gig a year that allows him to spread his resources out. He says sometimes he wakes up in the morning and has to pinch himself.
“The idea that I can just roll out of bed and pick up my guitar and start playing and composing makes me a very lucky man.”
I asked him how he knows if he is starting to slide into fear. He said that if he felt like he needed to take action to avoid something-instead of to create something-that he knew fear was involved.
That sounds like a good criteria to evaluate whether or not you’re acting from fear.
May we pursue our path, and avoid fear-based decisions by choosing actions that reflect what we want to create, not what we want to avoid,