Good evening, folks.
How was everyone’s day? My day was spectacular, actually, thanks for asking (ha ha). One thing I’d like to voice from here on out, is that if you ever have the need to talk to someone (anonymously or publicly), feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I will help you to the best of my ability, and at my earliest convenience. Know that I do not have a degree in advice-giving in any sort of way, but I do think that God has continuously used me to help others through my experiences.
Now let’s quickly move into the next “chapter” of this specific series. Here, I will discuss what it was like to transition from a music performance major to a business management major. I know, a complete 180 degree turn, am I right? But, as the title says, music and business go hand in hand. This post correlates with mental health because originally, in my sophomore year of college, there was a point in time where I had felt miserable about my life, because personally I knew that I couldn’t make a living out of music. Moving on.
As you may already know, I’ve been a musician since the age of three; I started out as a pianist, then moved over to be a violinist two years later. In my whole violin career, I’ve had four teachers that have impacted me in such a way – more on that later in a different series. Time and time again, each and every one of them has taught me the same lessons, which in turn, helped me grow as an individual. Please see below as to what I’ve learned:
- Practice makes perfect
- Pursue your dreams
- Love what you do
- Learning and gaining new knowledge is so much fun
- When people believe in you, you will, in fact, believe in yourself
- Point of view (POV) is important in story telling, or, in this case, creating music
- Never give up
- Reach for the stars
As basic as these points may be, I hold these said learnings very dear to my heart – because ultimately, they do not just apply to music, but they also apply to business, and more importantly, to life.
Thinking back to when I changed my major during Fall 2013, I can’t believe that I once thought about giving up music as a whole. At one point, I thought that my violin “career” had ended, only because I wasn’t declared as that specific major anymore. I’m silly, as you can see. Music, in general, will always be a part of me. Being a musician has, as I said before, allowed me to see life in a whole different lens.
I’m glad I kept music as a minor, because I was still able to take violin lessons in college during junior year, when my schedule allowed me to. What was it like to transition from music performance to business management, you may ask? Hard, at first, but when I’m interested in something, I will always find a way to make it through. To be honest, I struggled with educational growth for quite some time, but that’s in the past. Now, I absolutely love absorbing all there is for me to know. I love to sit down and talk with someone for hours, to be able to pick their brain, to see things in their perspective. I’ve also gained a keen interest in reading, which is currently fascinating to me in the way that it was never before.
Let us circle back to the whole point of this post.
I am a firm believer of wisely treating everything (well, most things – I am open to discussion) in life as a business. If you apply my above points to starting your own company, or your career, or life in general, I believe that you will succeed.
Music has taught me to be disciplined, it has taught me to achieve the impossible. Thank you to all of my teachers who have always believed in me. Because of each and every one of you, I’ve been able to continue down this road of success. Yes, there have been many times and there will be other times where I fall, but I’ll always pick myself up and carry on.
*This is my favorite pickle of me playing the violin, which was during freshman year of college. I put so much effort into this recital. Photo credit: Sharing
Peace and blessings,
*A nickname that I’ve acquired throughout the years
P.S. I am reading this book called, “The Business of the 21st Century” by Robert T. Kiyosaki – super good read so far, it’s all about network marketing, which is essentially building your own network, your own personal connections. Highly suggested.
K bye! Speak soon.