Do It Again
I’m sure; I’ve used this above title before. I digress. Recently, I’ve developed a fascination with concentrated effort.
I recall having a conversation with the comedian Doc Brown and we were talking about an artist whose name escapes me, that had achieved a degree of success and had reached a point where they were now unable to replicate it. Thinking about it might have been 50 Cent.
Brown argued, sometimes we forget how difficult it is to achieve any level of success in a creative space given the proclivity of competition involved. I’m paraphrasing him of course.
Think of the one hit wonders of yesteryear:
Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
SugarHill Gang Rapper’s Delight
Deelite Groove Is In The Heart
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Chesney Hawkes The One and Only
Legends, in my opinion who gave up early. There’s a lot to be said for building a body of work that becomes scalable. I could be wrong, but Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Billie Joel haven’t made an album since I had an even hairline but they still continue to sell out concerts.
I’m miffed whenever I go on a train or happen to be socialising and see the amount of people who are of a disposition to distract themselves with the likes of Candy Crush or Solitaire.
Couples more preoccupied with Facebook and Twitter than the person in front of them. If whatever you're involved in requires some form of escapism at any readily available opportunity what does that say about the designs you have for your life?
Don’t get me wrong, I like to indulge in respite just as much as anyone else but my preoccupation with what I’m trying to achieve doesn’t warrant it being pursued at every possible juncture.
In the run up to my back operation I remember telling myself in order to play Basketball again, I need to focus on two things; My studies and getting as fit as humanly possible. That wasn’t going to be achieved by watching Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. I would tell myself those people had achieved their dreams, I’m not going to fulfill mine watching others fulfilling theirs.
This blog has enabled me to tell a story that I hope will resonate with people where they can identify the fear that prevents them from embarking on any action.
I can’t see it happening
It would be nice
I can’t afford to
I haven’t got the time
How will you know if you choose not to focus on the realisation of what you aspire to be, do or have? Given our genetic disposition we’re all unique and capable of doing so much more than what we’re demonstrating. If you are however, good for you and I mean that sincerely. Perhaps you can write a guest blog post and shed some light on this. Good practice and all dat!
Maybe Chesney was on to something, irrespective of the lack of longevity of his career, he was rewarded accordingly for his efforts.
Thanks mate wherever you are, hope you invested your money wisely son you’ll always be a legend in my eyes.
I am the one and only
Nobody I’d rather be
I am the one and only
You can’t take that away from me
Chesney Hawkes — The One And Only
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