Published on July 9th, 2013 | by timguille
The devil made me do it.
I grew up in the sticks outside of Boise ID. My parents were super religious and believed that rock n’ roll was of the devil. So of course rock n’ roll was exactly what I wanted.
I mowed lawns, saved my money and without my parents knowledge bought a Walkman. (For those of you born after 1995 a walkman is like an iPod that only holds 1 band at a time)
I hid the Walkman under my bed and I borrowed some Guns n’ Roses and AC/DC cassettes from friends. Every night I would wake up around 1am and listen to one side of a cassette then hide the devil music again… This went on for years.
This sense of curiosity, rebellion, and discipline ended up shaping my life. I was so motivated by the fact that I wasn’t allowed to rock that I went on to play in numerous rock bands, recorded tracks that are currently used in TV shows worldwide, and built a company teaching others to rock. Mom and dad eventually figured out that rock n’ roll isn’t so bad and they now claim that depriving me of rock was all part of their “big picture plan” for my success.
My advice to any musician who is building their career:
Focus on whatever it is in your life that motivates you to get up each morning and kick ass.
Set goals for yourself and define the steps you are going to take to achieve your goals. (Write these goals and steps down on paper and say them out loud. Studies show this dramatically increases your odds of success)
Don’t give up! Quitting is the only way to ensure failure, the number one reason for success is pure stubborn perseverance.
Hit me up if you have any questions.