This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned — let your dreams guide you.
You have one shot at this thing we call life. That’s it: one shot.
If you know what it is you want to do, why you were put on this planet, what moves you — you need to do something about it. Only a small minority of people have this figured out and if you’re one of them, you have a precious gift. And you have to do something about it.
Several years ago I came to this realization myself. I knew all my life what I wanted to spend my life doing — pursuing a life as a musician. I knew it, and kept it alive, but wasn’t doing anything about it.
I had written a bunch of songs over the years, recorded and produced demos, and performed them at open mics, but never did much else with them. A lot of people encouraged me to do more, but they were sort of sitting there, taking a back seat to the rest of my life. Our lead guitarist Uri is a good friend from childhood (we’ve been classmates since the first grade) and a producer in New York. His studio was several blocks away from where I was living for a long time. He heard my songs a long time ago and for years kept encouraging me to come work on them at his studio. But I never did.
As time went on my dream of becoming a professional musician was languishing. One day I said to myself: “Some day I will die. And when that day comes I don’t want to look back on my life and kick myself for not doing what deep down inside I’ve always wanted to do.” So I called him up, walked over with my demos and we got to work making an album, not knowing what the outcome would be. A lot of people (Uri included!) were encouraging me to be a solo artist, because the songs had a singer-songwriter feel, but I had always wanted to start a band, and there was no question that Uri had to be in it.
I haven’t looked back since and I don’t regret it one bit.