Thursday, May 5, 2016

“You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21”

We’ve asked before: Are you too old to make it?

And the answer, no matter your age, is that you’re never too old to make it in music, as long as you define “making it” as creating great music connects with an audience large enough to sustain your independent music career.

That being said, I know the music industry in particular can feel like it revolves around youth. So when I saw a quote on the subject by Miss Mentelle getting shared a lot on Facebook yesterday, I thought it’d be good to post it here. Here it is:

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 28, Wayne Coyne ( from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first movie role at age 52.

Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.

Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.

Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21. It’s okay if you don’t even know what your dream is yet. Even if you’re flipping burgers, waiting tables or answering phones today, you never know where you’ll end up tomorrow.

Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.

Never tell yourself you missed your chance.

Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.

You can do it. Whatever it is.

— Chris Robley

Are you feeling “too old to make it?” Did you find success later in life? Share your stories in the comments below.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Sluggard

“The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.” – Proverbs 21:4 NASB There is a guaranteed way to receive nothing: Do nothing! We see this principle in operation in the life of farmers: If farmers do nothing, they will reap nothing. If they don’t Sow Seeds, there won’t be any Seeds in the ground to grow. If they don’t tend to their soil, they will limit the size of their crops. The Bible illustrates this point by describing “the sluggard.” These are people who do “not plow after the autumn.” They do not plant Seeds or work toward a Harvest. Why? Perhaps they just are lazy or forgot. Perhaps they are busy or preoccupied. Perhaps they have drawn the wrong conclusions. But, for whatever reason, they do not plow. As a result, at Harvest time they have nothing. This illustration provides principles that apply to all other areas of our lives. Like the farmer, we must start by thinking of the results we want: Love? Financial blessings? Skills? A new job? Personal growth? Whatever results we seek, the Bible teaches that if we want something, we must Sow Seeds (Galatians 6:7). We must be faithful to put into action what God has given us. And, if we want to have a crop to Reap at Harvest time, we must begin now to Sow with the resources God has given us. Of course, all good farmers desire rich Harvests, abundant crops, and maximum returns on their investments. They start with the results they desire and then act in a way that will generate those results. Think about these pictures in your life. Remember that God has given you a life filled with “Seeds” of many kinds. These include your money, as well as your time and talent. Other Seeds include your love and abilities, your interests and unique experiences. Make sure you’re not a sluggard! Be faithful and start Sowing. Invest in God’s Kingdom.