Devoting Time To My Passion - Are You?
There is a specific lesson we all learn here at Wealthy Affiliate as well as through other successful individuals. If we wish to achieve a goal, we can achieve it if we devote a significant amount of focus in pursuit of that goal.
It will take time.
It will take learning and using new skills.
It will take consistent action.
It has been proven over and over again, if we do that, we can achieve our goal.
Do you think if you followed these guidelines you can reach your own goal, be it personal or business?
May I share some personal ideas and goals with you?
I have a confession. Although my mind has been focused on building my affiliate marketing business, my heart was elsewhere.
My passion is music. Playing the piano. Classical music predominantly. If you wish you can check out a couple of pieces I recently uploded to my YouTube Channel. I have listed it in my WA Profile page:
From childhood, I had taken piano lessons and learned to play some amazing piano music really well. In my final year in high school I played the 3rd Movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the school orchestra. The audience loved it and I was a celebrity at school for a whole week ha-ha!
However, I recognized that earning a living from music was not going to work for me. This field was, and is, highly competitive and my chances of succeeding in it was slim.
This story is about how playing the piano receded from my life. And how I am reversing that trend late in life.
Besides music, I also developed an interest in electronics. Exciting developments were happening in this field in the 1960s. When my parents noticed this interest, they encouraged me to pursue a career in engineering.
They did not advise me to pursue a career in music, even though they knew that was my main passion.
Home computers didn't exist then. And the Internet was something only the Government used. Affiliate marketing as we know it today, didn't exist.
I graduated in Electrical Engineering and Electronics.
I began my career in the narrow field of display engineering featuring LEDs.
Remember, this was the early 1970s and LED's then were very limited in capability and extremely expensive.
The projects I worked on were for the military. Tiny LED arrays were installed into reconnaissance cameras to imprint digital data onto the edge of the film. High imprint speed was essential. LED's can turn on and off really fast and were perfect for this task. I designed and developed these miniature displays.
Later in my career I developed displays for commercial and military aircraft using color LCD's, similar to the ones in the above picture.
Thirty years ago I was at the ascent of my career. Sadly I neglected my music and stopped playing the piano. I gradually forgot all those pieces I had learned.
At the time of the Great Recession we needed the money and decided to sell my piano. I was not playing it and it was taking up space.
That was a shortsighted decision.
Retirement and Affiliate Marketing
Now I am retired. My pensions are insufficient to support the goals I have. Affiliate Marketing seemed a good way to create an online business with very little investment. I needed to learn all about Affiliate Marketing.
That is why I joined Wealthy Affiliate.
Why did I select the Making Money Online (MMO) niche? Actually, when I joined Wealthy Affiliate my first thought was to pursue the music niche. In retrospect, I with I had done that.
When I got the invitation from Kyle to join the Super Affiliate Challenge shortly after becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I accepted. Once I made that decision, it made sense to build my website to feature MMO programs, and promote the affiliate program offered here. Music went by the wayside. Again!
I have succeeded in attracting referrals and am now earning a small income. And I do want to build on that. But I have another goal.
My Real Passion
I want to play all those piano pieces I enjoyed performing all those years ago once again. Since I am older and my fingers are not as agile, I know this will be a challenge as I will have to learn these skills all over again. And that will take time and effort.
If you are a pianist, I think you will relate to this. When you learn a piece, your fingers develop motor memory. That is how pianists can play from memory. Unless you practice a whole lot, many pianists, including I, need to have the sheet music in front, like a security blanket. I don't read every note, but keep looking at the music for cues to where I should be.
However, I had a problem. I didn't have a piano. Hence, my shortsighted comment earlier.
There was no way I could afford a good quality acoustic piano. Especially the 1917 Steinway Grand I had sold all those years ago.
One way around this I thought was to get a really good digital piano. Technology has come a long way and I found out the good ones are manufactured to have the keyboard simulate the mechanics of the acoustic piano really well. And the samples used resulted in satisfying piano sounds.
There are also other advantages. One can use headphones to practice so as to not disturb others. Plus, besides the piano these babies can produce hundreds of other instrumental and synthetic sounds. One can have a lot of fun on the keyboard!
After much research I purchased the CASIO CGP-700 model shown above. It has a superb 88 key piano action keyboard, and an excellent extended sound system integrated into the stand. I also added a three pedal accessory that attached to the bottom.
Off I went practicing the piano. But there was an unintended consequence. When I use the headphones, the realistic piano action keyboard makes a loud clacking sound. Guess what. My wife hates that sound.
Night Practice Time
The only work around was to practice when she was not around, or at night when she was asleep in the bedroom. .
A couple of months ago I started practicing about two to three hours a night.
Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Debussy, here I come.
Guess what, my motor memory is returning. The lessons I spoke about in the first paragraph are directly applicable in relearning all those pieces I used to play.
It takes repetition starting at slow speeds and gradually increasing the tempo to what the pieces require.
A wild thought came to me. Why not video my playing after I learn these pieces? And post them on my YouTube Channel?
I've started to do that. So far I have posted the 1st and 2nd Movements of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata. I am working on the more difficult 3rd Movement. The actual title is Piano Sonata No. 14, Opus 27, No.2.
The description Moonlight was adopted after Beethoven had died. You can watch me playing these two movements in two separate videos on my YouTube Channel listed on my Profile Page. Here is the link again. Let me know what you think, especially of the piano sound.
I will go into some detail how I recorded the video and audio in a future post.
But now, my goal is to relearn pieces like Chipin's Fantasy in c# Minor, Beethoven piano sonatas like the Moonlight. Not just the first, well-known movement but also the 2nd and very difficult 3rd movements. Bach Preludes and Fugues, pieces by Mozart and many more.
It is going to take some time, but my goal is to play all these pieces as good as I can today. I don't think I will be able to play them as well as I did 30 years ago when I was in my 40s.
Time management is going to be very critical in how I schedule sufficient time to work on my business in additional to my music.
Thoughts On The Music Niche
I have been thinking of ways to combine my music with affiliate marketing. As of now, I don't have a music affiliate marketing site. So, If you have any recommendations, please share them with me.
Perhaps my first post could be a review of the Casio digital piano I have. It has turned out to be a very popular model and there are many reviews on this. However, I will approach this with a twist compared to these other reviews.
I am definitely going to have some fun with this process.
Following ones passion is always a good approach in pursuing a business. I will continue to build out my affiliate marketing website. But now I will add a second one focusing on music. This opens up a lot of new possibilities.
Why Does This Make Sense
Not everyone wants to spend money learning how to make money. But a lot of people love to spend money on interests that enhance their lives.
Working on both these avenues will add some diversity to my life. Perhaps additional income too. I like that.
I would appreciate any thoughts you may have on the subjects I shared in this post.