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Discipline (Part 2)


It turns out that being a musician for 30+ years gives me somewhat of an edge, or at least a unique perspective, as a writer. Many of the principles for achieving excellence are, perhaps unsurprisingly, the same.

Self-discipline is one. For most non-musicians, the idea of practicing an instrument for hours every day must seem insane. Can’t you just take a day off? What’s the big deal?

The big deal is that you are chasing transcendence. You are reverentially trying to prepare yourself for something sacred, something bigger than you, something that has nothing to do with commerce or fame. You only have to experience it once to understand what’s possible.

See, that’s the thing about art. It doesn’t just make your life better, it makes the world better.

But you’re gonna have to work to get there.