My Plan

While I’m still a First Year in college, it’s helpful to create some specific ideas for what I want to do with my future. The reason is primarily so I can backtrack and understand what I need to be doing right now to make that happen when graduation does roll around. One thing that I bring to the table that many other musicians lack is a Major in Business, and by implementing those skills alongside my musical talents, I’ll have a lot more career options. One of my main career path ideas involves production, and because I’ll know what to look for in an artist as well as the business savvy, I could have a lot of success in that field. That being said, I always want to be dabbling with my own content even if it isn’t always my main focus; consequently, I am planning to complement my production side with my own work as well. By combining these two ideas, I will be able to more successfully market myself and put food on the table along the way.

My Motivation

In his Youtube video, Dan Pink takes a closer look at what drives human beings. At first, his findings and ideas seem ludicrous — how could people perform worse when there is a bigger monetary incentive? The answer lies in what motivates us both internally and externally. When people are controlled and artificially motivated with external incentive, the work is going to lack what only internal motivation can provide. When money is taken out of the equation, the input from people flourishes because they are doing what they want to do. As an artist, my intrinsic motivation lies in the music that I perform and create. I like to improve for myself, and as a result the product of my work is far superior than if I were to be in a field I wasn’t inwardly passionate about. By linking what we love inwardly with tangible external goals, we can maximize our productivity and enjoy ourselves while doing it.

While internal motivation is important, understanding external motivators and distractors is equally crucial. When I’m working, various electronic gadgets and specific individuals can prevent me from fully immersing myself. By surrounding myself with the right people and unplugging, I can work at my fullest potential and receive help during tough times rather than always having to look inward for the drive to complete a task.

My Values

By understanding what your values are, you are able to predict where you might reach a conflict in the real world when you encounter something in your work that might be uncomfortable for you. When it comes to religion and politics, I could care less about what my work accomplices believe as long as we have the same common goal in mind: to make art that is respect and admired. With that being said, what I do value is approval of others. Some people may think that’s shallow, but when you break down what success in the music industry is, it is in fact a mass approval of your work. However, if no one appreciates your final product, I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a failure either. If anything a lack of approval should help artists learn what resonates with their audience.

The toughest obstacle that I can foresee wrestling with is balancing family and work. My decisions would change depending on how developed my career is compared to my family. If I have a girlfriend who doesn’t want to move to accommodate my work, then I could see myself choosing my career to help it blossom at a younger age. If I had a steady job with a family, it would be a lot harder to make a transition, so I would probably pass up an opportunity. What I value the most is relationships, so I can occasionally make decisions that are not in my best interest in an attempt to please everyone. Overall, I that learning how to juggle my value of relationships with work will be the greatest step towards success.

Work Habits

By understanding your individual work habits and what is most effective for you, you can drastically cut down the amount of time it takes for mastery of any material. When I was younger, I was taught that there were three types of learning: visual, auditory, and active learning. After taking a brief survey we were able to tell which method was of the most use to us in the hopes that we would use that to study more efficiently. I ended up a visual learner, but thanks to music I was able to realize something far more important. When practicing music, you can engage all types of learning at once. You can look at sheet music, hear accompaniment, and actively sing. This ended up helping me to understand that by utilizing all three rather than just focusing on one, the absorption process was much easier and stuck with me for longer.

Understanding how to enhance certain aspects of IQ and EQ will definitely lead to more success in and out of the classroom. When I’m trying to be creative, I am most successful in situations where I don’t have as many things to think about. If I’m sitting in the shower without any particular focus, I’m able to generate creative thoughts much easier than if I’m in class or involved in some other activity. When I’m actually working or studying, the biggest study tool that I use is testing myself. When I put myself in a situation where I have to regurgitate what I know, I’m a lot more confident for tests because I’ve already passed my own. For exams, I have always moved out of my home to change the environment, and it is only now that I understand that it actually helps you grasp the material. Starbucks and Barnes and Noble can be great resources for me in crunch time.

My biggest weapon when it comes to my EQ is creation of timelines. Being able to estimate my workload and break it down into parts has made me a lot more successful than simply diving in blind. Also, for maximum focus to prevent distraction, I’m the type of person that prefers total quiet with rewards for completing a specific task.

I hope my methods help you guys! Remember not to just copy what others do, go discover the right thing for you.

My History

I have always found that it’s much easier for people to judge others when they can only see them on the surface. This is true especially when it comes to public figures where mistakes are broadcasted for everyone to see while the stress and hard work remains undiscovered. I’m no public figure, but it’s definitely in my best interest to tell you all a little bit about myself and how I got here.

I’ve always been competitive, and the most upsetting days I can remember were the days that I didn’t perform as well as I thought I should have. At a young age I fully immersed myself in competitive club basketball and played with some of the best players at the national level. I loved the game and I loved to play, but eventually my size and my talent weren’t enough to hang with the top teams once puberty became a bigger factor. In the following years, I ended up moving to track where I had much more natural ability; unfortunately, I grew to despise the practice, and as a result, my performance suffered.

In the early part of junior year, I thought I had the academic part of my life completely figured out. I was an exceptional math student and envisioned becoming an engineer with a solid paycheck. I was entranced by the lure of financial security and completely blinded from my actual passion. I had always liked choir and theater but had never thought about pursuing a career in it until a few key moments. It all began when my choir teacher urged me to pick up Music Theory my Senior year. He persisted that I take the course because I was talented and should keep my options open, and eventually I heeded his wishes. The second monumental moment came after a trying day at school. My dad was originally a stockbroker making good money who started his own sunglasses business, and he said one sentence that will stick with me forever: “If you’re doing what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.” From that point, I got serious with music and began to train consistently from the spring to the fall of 2012. By senior year, I knew I wanted music in my college experience, but I still thought Engineering would play a role as well. After taking an Engineering class, it was quickly replaced with Business so that my math would still be put to good use.

The last moment came when I heard a song – Clair de Lune by Debussy. As I listened to it for the first time, serenity washed over me and I understood that music was the one thing where I loved everything, not just the competition.