What I’ve learned from writing a blog is that I love it. It’s hard to build an accurate picture of my life, though.
In the next little bit, we’ll be talking about putting yourself out there and being able to perform your music, so what better way to start that off by putting myself on the spot?
I get a lot of questions asking, “How do you find your passion?” and “What if I’m not good enough at music?“, so here are some guidelines below that helped me along the way!
Be open to possibilities without expecting anything in return.
Do you like Beethoven? Do you feel like you might be good at jazz? Perhaps you might like to perform? Try it, so that you don’t ever look back thinking, “what if I would’ve been good at XYZ?”
Don’t make a bucket list, but instead, create an explore list. A list of things you would like to try, of music you would like to play. I’m against bucket lists because they assume these tasks are a zero-sum game, that you’re done when you’re done.
They’re good for once-in-a-lifetime tasks like skydiving, but not very accurate when it comes to our real lives. But on an explore list, you’re allowed to explore each item in-depth even after you first attempt it. You’re also allowed to try a few things at once.
I tried everything, and I think I got lucky.
I first discovered how to make useful digital products from scratch when I got hired by Microsoft to make software as a UX designer. I love to make stuff, and draw.
To give you a concrete example:
How did the phone or computer or tablet you’re reading this on come about?
Someone had to draw what the product looks like and design how it’s used, and pass it onto an engineer to code and test the product before it plops into your hands.
Someone had to compose the sound effect that it makes when it starts and someone had to code it into the start function.
Microsoft was my first peek into how satisfying it was to see a real person using something I’ve created.
Sometimes you’ll get lucky and stumble upon doing something you really enjoy.