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October 21, 2011

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Ryli

I understand the message she's trying to get across here, but I think people have to be more careful when they give this sort of advice. Its important for kids to stay in school and get a good education. However, its incredibly important that they understand that they have to always pursue their dreams. They need to know that they can make big things happen for themselves if they work extra hard and slave away to achieve their goals.

As I was growing up, this message was constantly thrown in my face. My family members told me, "Just make sure you focus on finding a job where you'll make money..." After years of hearing this message over and over, I lost complete faith in my musical talent. I eventually began interpreting this message like so: "You're not good enough to make it". I thought my family didn't believe in me, and therefore, no one else would. So, I gave up on music for a while to focus on becoming an adult. I spent years thinking that I had no musical talent. Now, after many years of silence, I've finally come back to my real passion. Nothing makes me feel the way that music does. Every day, I regret that I didn't spend more time pursuing that dream. Now, I work a day-job, but I spend all of my personal time making music, recording my music and marketing my music. I only wish someone had given me better advice, when I was younger: 'Stay in school, but always pursue your dreams. Do what makes you happy, that's most important.'

David Andrew Wiebe

It depends what she means by that comment:

Possibility 1: Stay in school, get good grades, find a well paying job, have something to fall back on.

There are few things in this world that thrive like failure and mediocrity. A strong majority of people still believe these old rules of engagement are proving successful in the world. If you want to know how well they are working, all you have to do is ask your broke friends and family. Her talent is her asset - she should develop that, and create a strong passive income for her future and her family.

Possibility 2: Keep learning. Be a student of life. Read books, learn from others, develop your skills and your talent.

If this is what she means, I wholeheartedly agree. Those who are successful in life aren't always the smartest, brightest, or most talented. It is those who can follow instructions, duplicate what others have done, and remain teachable/coachable in order to improve their performance. Reading books, and learning from others is a great way to accomplish that goal.

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