LEAP OF FAITH (Read time 0:29)
|Posted By maggie z|
| Leaping! |
Great post Mr. Dolan- leaping is scary but when I look back in my life to all the times I did take huge leaps of faith- those were the times I felt most alive and connected to how I truly want to be in this world. It's easy to lose that focus- thanks for the reminder to get up everyday and get at it...
|Posted By Alan Vochec IS|
| gone fishing |
I tip my hat and bow my head in humble gratitude Michael. Live long and prosper.
|Posted By Ron|
| Dead fish always go with the flow |
Enjoyed this article Mr Dolan. Thanks! Saw a mention about South Africa. Will be leaving Florida for Johannesburg for a little bit next week and will have my mobile recording studio with me. Anyone down for a Black Label? lol ;p
Your entire world now fits in the palm of your hand! (well, almost). Don't forget to bring a battery charger! —Michael
|Posted By D. Whitney Quinn|
| Holy mackerel! |
Michael, today I'm going to take a great leap of faith and do something to help feed my music habit. I'm really excited...
Wahoo Whitney! I wish you great success!—Michael
|Posted By Erik J.|
| Way of Life |
Going against the flow is a natural instinct for some of us humans. I do not believe that humans can be taught how to do this. Sheep can only be sheep as a salmon can only be a salmon. A human that naturally "goes against the flow" can be taught how to better fight the current and succeed...
I Think I'd rather be a human than a salmon or a sheep:) —Michael
|Posted By John P.|
| Swimming |
Hate to go against the flow here, but wasn't the movie about a really rich guy who could do whatever he wanted? And could lose and still be fine? Most people can't do that. And salmon aren't really going against the flow, are they?Aren't they doing what instinct tells them to do? That is their flow, isn't it? I agree that taking chances is important, the very act of creating something is taking the chance that it might suck. But, it might not! However, success these days seems to revolve around marketing the product more than the quality of the product. Leading to the cookie cutter rules. Creative people usually aren't sales people, which is why most good stuff languishes unknown, despite paddling like hell.
You and I had a different experience of that movie John. Also, I think that the tech revolution has taught us that while smart marketing will point people in your direction, it's the quality of the product that will keep them coming back. —Michael
|Posted By Rachel|
| Crazy...but oh so happy...:-) |
.....do you plug your nose?..?
|Posted By Vernon|
| Steelhead vs Salmon |
A better choice for your fish analogy would be a steelhead. A steelhead looks just like a salmon with one important difference. They return to the ocean after spawning and continue to thrive. I would rather be a steelhead than a salmon. Wouldn't you?
Not being a fisherman I stand corrected. Yes, I would much rather be a "Steelhead." —Michael
|Posted By Maxwell MacPherson, Jr.|
| Salmon Fishing |
I agree with your recent posting. You have to cast a fly into the river to catch a fish. If you don't take chances you will not reach your goals. And if you don't want to help others you will not succeed. Get your bait out there... you'll be surprised at what you land.
|Posted By Aaron Wolfson|
| Being Cause |
In the realm of the infinite, all possibilities already exist. Only our considerations create the distance between imagination or materialization.
Well said Aaron—Michael
|Posted By joe|
| swimming lessons |
everybody who doesn't just repeat the usual commercial stuff IS swimming upstream and they have my heartfelt total support.. if you're trying to make a commerical hit you're just going with the flow.. I know you'll cry all the way to the bank but I'd rather be broke and keep doing my thing.. 2 cents worth :-)
|Posted By Lesley Wells|
| Leap of Faith |
Stunning article! The music business in our part of the world (Southern Africa) is very cluttered and to get anything done, one has to swim upstream constantly. It is exhausting most of the time, but when one reaches the destination, and completes the journey, the satisfaction is HUGE! Much greater than if we had just 'gone with the flow' It makes the hard swim upstream worth every challenge.
South Africa has a unique (challenging) approach to promoting music and artists. Keep swimming Lesley! —Michael
|Posted By mark grove|
| Goin' against the flow |
Yeah, most of us don't go against the flow. That includes me. if i was going against the flow, I wouldn't still work a regular job at all. Yeah, i run a music biz on the side, but I never had the balls to just "Screw It" and take my chances without a safety net of a job or a stupid government check. by the way i don't collect any government checks, just cash from my job, and little droppings from my music biz. Yes, i'm telling the truth. i'm not complaining, just that most of us don't have any balls. If you say you do, chances are I won't believe you. I did when i was younger. i didn't care about money. It wasn't a motivating factor for me. Go against the flow if you have the guts. Most don't including I.
|Posted By Barbara McMann|
| Great post! |
Sure is efforting to go against the flow. And everyone on the sidelines frowns,ridicules, dismisses. You can’t be a person who needs others’ approval in order to attempt this. Yet the actual going against the stream makes you stronger, builds character, reaffirms your identity. Only the stand-outs go this way.
|Posted By Donna Morsay|
| Funny Truth |
Way to go, J. Michael! This made me laugh, yet the humor is in the Truth of it. Hope I can keep laughing while I swim upstream!
|Posted By John Tighe|
| Letting go |
Recently, I dropped the “safe” way and took off like a freight train “against the flow,” As you would say. It is exhilarating! And it’s like riding a big wave into shore. The big wave that no one else caught.