Focus Your Energy on Your Passion to Excel in Life
Normally you would catch me in the club, out in the sidewalks or the streets of the troubled neighborhoods just strolling. Not that I was overly idle, but there was no work for me to do even after finishing college where I had graduated with a degree in creative and performing arts. I loved dancing, but there were no gigs coming my way; no work was forthcoming even after numerous attempts to secure a job.
Therefore, even if you’d see me strolling aimlessly in the neighborhood there was no much reason behind it, just a gut feeling. Like a lone piece back to complete this part of the universe that was bigger than me, bigger than anything.
I would usually be walking, sitting or dancing hoping that maybe the next of my few enthusiastic moves would lead me home, the place that I belong, the place where it was talent over skill and gift over talent. A place where they would accept you for what you had to offer and not what you had. And it was on this day that I found it. It was on this day that the universe sent me a sign.
The Eye-opener which made me Forge my Career in Music
That day, I happened to be sitting on outside just pondering what my next move would be. I really wanted to define my life in a way that I could live purposefully. I needed to be at a position to cater for my own bills and not to rely on my parent anymore, given the burden they had of educating my siblings. I was just thinking, thinking of what the world could be.
I was looking at the stars listening to wind whistle and welcoming the breeze against my face. Honestly I could have stayed there all night if it wasn’t so cold. Then Steve, my neighbor and childhood friend cut me short of my illusions with a startling pat on my shoulder.
“I’ve been watching you for sometime”, he muttered. I didn’t respond. To cut the silence he continued, “look!” he said as he added me his phone. There was a video playing on YouTube. It was a vine of this unorthodox dancer dancing.
For a moment, the video didn’t strike me as interesting because I was being stressed by my own problems, but as it continued to play, something about it caught my admiration; it was the dancing moves of the dancers.
Some moves that I had practiced for long and I considered them as part of my artistic work. Actually until that day, I thought that I was the one who invented the moves.
After a few captivating moves, the music kicked in. It was less of a kick and more of a soft stroke to the ear drum. It was the song ‘Numb’ by Linkin Park except it was not Linkin Park. Steve lost interest and wanted to flip through some other videos but I restrained him. My curiosity had been tweaked.
I watched the clip till the end where the dancers called for viewers to subscribe to their video channel. Of course, I knew that I had to do so when I got to my old PC at home. More importantly, I knew that I had to connect with the group of dancers. There was this feeling in me that they could accept me as part of them.
Teamwork can help one Progress in Career Much Faster
Back home, I made myself a plate of food, which happens to be a healthy diet I have been sticking to for weight loss, I then logged into my computer, subscribed to their channel and shot an inbox to them. In the message, I described about myself and my interests in music especially dancing. In the morning I was surprised by a response, in which the group of dancers who hailed from the Caribbean shared their thoughts and invited me to join them. That was my start of a new life.
Five weeks later, I was in the Caribbean where I met the charismatic group of the five dancers. They were hospitable and I felt that we connected and resonated well in our ideals and passions for dancing.
However, I was a notch higher than them because I could play various musical instruments better than either of them and I had a good educational background in performing arts. Therefore, they wanted to learn more from me than I wanted from them. But we had resolved to work as a team.
We decided to come up with a schedule for practice as well as a plan whereby we would be able to connect with promoters and other bigwigs in the music industry so that we could develop better in our musical career. With the help of online music communities and a bit of researching, we were able to formulate a plan to enable us succeed in our endeavors, and this all came to fruition within the second year in the industry, by which time we had become popular in the Caribbean and other countries as well.