by Rory Gardiner | Featured Contributor
Do you ever get the feeling you are not doing what you’re supposed to be doing? You work a job you don’t love to pay the bills, but deep down there is something missing. Is there something you’ve been putting off for years to start, but never get around to it? You’ll paint that canvas, or turn those scribbled poems into songs one day.
I believe we all have a true vocation. Something we were put on earth to do. When we’re born, we are molded into whatever our parents expose us to. If you’re destiny is to be an Olympic skier, but you grew up in Florida, then that’s the universes way of giving you the finger.
Reasons we don’t pursue our passion:
1) Fear of failure – We hold on to these fantasies about what we could be one day. If we actually go through with it, and fail, we will be left with nothing but broken dreams.
2)Fear of success – If we succeed, we will be leaving our current comfort zone. Will success make your current social circle feel self conscious? Or contrarily, will it inspire them to succeed themselves.
We define failure as not meeting a desirable or intended objective, which can be disappointing. However, if what you are failing at is also what you’re passionate about doing, doesn’t that make it a labor of love?
Although I am paid to sing, I never considered myself talented enough to “make it big”. However, somewhere along the line I discovered, I don’t have to be the next Tim McGraw. I never thought I could make a full time living out of it, but one day my song got included in a TV show, and then a light bulb went off. “Wait, you mean I don’t have to be a mega star to have songs on film?”. Now my songs are played all over North America in commercials, internet, TV, etc.
The point being, I never would have discovered that if I didn’t put myself or my music out there. If you truly love to paint, or write or build. Just do it! Once it’s out there, it starts pulling other elements related into its orbit. Someone could see your creative writing style and ask you to ghost write their next book. BOOM! You’re now a writer. Someone could see that beautiful car you just restored, and ask pay you to include it in their showcase. BOOM! You’ve now just monetized your hobby.
Don’t let fear of failure stop you from doing what you love. How many bad jokes did Jerry Seinfeld have to tell before he figured out how to deliver them right? How many commercials and failed TV pilots did the cast of “Friends” need to endure before landing the role of their dreams?
The joy is in the journey, and failure is just a learning curve. Time is not an excuse, because we all have the same 24 hours in a day. You just need to shift your priorities.
Rory Gardiner They say if you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.
Singer/Songwriter/Author/Entrepreneur/Comedian/Lactose Intolerant Rory Gardiner has seen the success of his compositions published and performed by other artists, as well as songs licensed and synched in TV advertisements airing daily throughout North America.
Rory has appeared on multiple CMT(Country Music Television) nationally broadcasted reality shows in Canada, and keeps a busy 100+ shows a year touring schedule.
Author of “Break Free: The Road Map for Building a Healthy Lifestyle & Breaking Bad Habits.” Using humor, parable and motivation, Rory outlines how the right small changes in a busy lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on how you look and feel.
Rory has recently released his first country music children’s record “Yee-Haw” on iTunes, influenced by becoming a parent himself. The album has already been awarded a “Parents Choice Award”, and Rory states “I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us next!”