July 17th, 2018
I remember years ago, after I had just finished college and was traveling and touring London, England, I was so broke financially at that point in my career, I couldn’t even afford to really eat outmatch on the road. I was on tour with an artist and I knew dinner was at least covered at the venue and breakfast at the hotel, so I had to figure lunch out. Ha
So I had a plan, I was going to take $100 USD and, as my grandmother would say, “pinch off of it,” and I would be good for a week. So I went to the currency exchange station and gave them my $100 USD and got back 44 GBP (British Pounds). I was mortified and wondered how the heck I would make it through the week. But, guess what? I did make it. I got creative and found some amazing little “hole in the wall, spots and met some great people in the process. What this taught me, was that in life, you won’t always be in the same position, most challenges are merely temporary; so I have to not let them consume me or my perspective.
Sometimes I have learned to make moves towards my goals and it may have required having to “fake it till I make it, “ but over time I always had the faith I would get “there,” even through my concept of what “there,” is has changed through the years.
I once read a definition of an entrepreneur, and it stated that “An entrepreneur is a person who is willing to take financial risks to build a business.” I am thankful how life has shifted in terms of progress and how my sweat equity has continued to build through the years and create multiple returns upon that initial investment.
Currently, while writing this piece I am back in London staying at a nice hotel and can pretty much dine where I want, and I owe that to the music and the process of staying committed to life and growth. So, anyone who may be “pinching off it“ right now, just know that better days are ahead. You may be faking it until you make it right now, but choose to stay committed to the struggle because, trust me, it will turn into progress.