Musicians

A few weeks ago, I ran into a group of friends at an event. As we caught up on our lives, they introduced me to someone who had just moved to Nashville from Texas.

I asked him what he did and he said, “I’m a musician and a songwriter.”

That’s a challenging dream if I ever heard of one.

If you spend 11 minutes in Nashville you will meet at least three musicians. They’re waiters and lawyers and baristas and plumbers. Some are just starting their careers, others are ten years deep into the craft. The range of success is wide, the failures many, but they all share one thing in common, they tried. They didn’t believe the lie that Nashville doesn’t need anymore musicians.

That’s the problem with fear, it always tells you that too many people have already tried your dream.

Too many people have written a book.

Too many people have opened a business.

Too many people have started a non-profit.

Too many people have moved to Nashville to become songwriters.

If you listen to that voice of fear, you think what you want to do has already been done. Or the competition is too intense to bother throwing your hat in the ring. You quit before you even start.

The truth is, a lot of people have done a lot of things. We have enough books, photos, business and albums, but we are missing one. Yours.

We’re missing the one you’re going to do.

We don’t have that one yet.

And unless you try, we’ll never have it.

So move to Nashville.

Self publish a book.

Explore a new business.

Turn a passion into a non-profit.

Try.

Nashville has too many musicians, but we are missing one.

And it just might be you.

P.S. My new book Do Over is available now. If you’re a musician, an accountant, a stay at home mom, a college student or somewhere in between, you should pick up a copy.