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Knowing beforehand that you wouldn't fail, what would you attempt to do?

This seems like a stupid question to me, because isn't the only thing keeping most people from going all out to follow their dreams the prospect of failure? I mean, if you know you're going to succeed, then that's kinda like believing in predestination. You have nothing to worry about. I guess I don't see any practical case in which success could ever be guaranteed, but for the sake of the question, I'll answer as best I can.

No surprise here. Music all the way. I would record mostly, and tour at least a little bit. After a few albums, I'd probably slow down on the writing/recording and work my way into producing. I'd still record some, but not as my main source of income. I just don't think I could be in a full-time band for that many years before I'd start to burn out. Producing I could see doing for years and years.


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Aug. 29th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I found the question to be silly/weird too, but if one doesn't truly believe in "failure" to begin with, and instead looks at "failure" as "opportunity" then one should go through life following their dreams if they truly want them. I'm not saying that is like believing in "pre-destination", though I am saying that if one changes the way they look at failure to not be so negative, then one should realize that accepting the changes life throws in your path is pretty much a given, because since when has everything gone one's way? :P
Then again, the thought of "failure" has driven so many people to great successes to begin with. And would anything get done if we didn't fear failure? :)

So I would guess my conclusion is to morph our view of failure. It's not so much a negative trait if one thinks about it? :P

Ultimately, what I'm trying to say is... if you truly want to focus your life on music, I feel you should do so! What is holding you back? If you truly want something, then you should truly go for it because your happiness is at stake here! :)

Sorry if this is quite random... I was browsing the responses to this question because it intrigued me ^^
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the response. I dunno if my happiness is at stake, per se. I like my job (software engineering), and I'll be happy for as long as I do it. Dropping the job and going at music full force would be smart if success were guaranteed, but I feel it unwise to jump without a parachute.
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I know plenty of people who didn't focus or give music their all, but they still do it part time as a hobby :) And it still makes them happy, working their normal job, coming home to family, and then having gigs in their free-time! :) I hope you still continue to work on music if it is truly your passion :)
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