“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that somewhere in the depths of your head, you’ve probably got some huge dreams for your life. Maybe you’ve got a novel hitting at the sides of your brain. Maybe you’ve got four full-length albums, a feature length movie, a new invention, or some other abstract piece of creativity.
Regardless of whether you want to be a celebrity or just be a part of something that’s massively successful, the time to start realizing your dreams is now. It doesn’t matter how ready you are, how much you have yet to learn, or how enormous your dream is. Right now, there are tangible things you can be doing to move towards making that dream a reality.
There is no tomorrow.
Tomorrow exists as a concept, but nothing more. You spend your entire life today – this present moment, to be precise. So unless you do something today to make your dreams for tomorrow, that tomorrow will never morph into today. Besides, your life isn’t an end product, it’s a constantly moving process. When you wake up in the morning, you’re either closer to your goals, or further from them based on what the you in the right now has done.
The impossible goal is to always be moving towards your goals. But too many people sit and wait for some perfect set of circumstances tomorrow. Your excuses are no reason to stop moving forward.
Think you’re too young/old/tired/busy to work toward your dreams?
It doesn’t matter how insufficient you are: you have what you need to do something, right here, right now. And even if you don’t reach that end product you have in your mind, anything you do to reach that goal is worthwhile.
I haven’t sold a note of my music since I started recording, but I’ve recorded over 100 songs. That’s 100 more songs than I’d have if I had said that my tools were too shoddy, that I didn’t have any good music in me, and that I was too young to actually do something.
Do what you can with what you have.
Want to write a novel? Open a Google Doc and starting typing. Want to become an actor? Check out your local theaters and audition for a role. Want to start a business? Open a Fiverr, Etsy, or Amazon account. Or start gathering your products.
If you want to start making music and still have excuses, allow me to attempt to refute them:
- I don’t have a
digital audio workstationDAW! Download a free one, or experiment with demo versions of industry DAWs like Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, Mixcraft, and really, any other DAW. Just look up the “DAW name + free trial” in Google. With some of them you’ll only have 30 days to try them out.
- I don’t have an instrument/can’t record my instrument! If you can’t use an in-DAW keyboard controller (you use your QWERTYboard to play notes) and MIDI instruments, then there are an infinite number of free sound loops and sounds you can mix and mash together.
- I can’t use a computer! Use #9 on this list on your iPad. Or use a camera (even if it’s on your phone) to take footage of you playing your instrument, and use other programs to isolate the sound for MP3.
These days, it’s super cheap to get started recording. Heck, for the price of a mid-range guitar, you can build a small home studio. All you really need is a USB mic and a DAW (if you have IRL instruments and don’t just choose to use MIDI. Then you might want a MIDI-USB keyboard and a DAW, but really, you could probably get away with just a DAW like Garageband).
I can guarantee that no matter what your dream is, there is something that you can do here, now, today, in your village to make it a reality. The only thing left is to get out and do something. So what are you going to do today? What do you have, or can you get for free to get started?
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. You can always send thoughts, suggestions, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org as well 🙂 Thanks for reading!