Will You Make Time?
Being a great musician or being great at anything boils down to one crucial thing: time. If you can commit yourself to the time it takes than you can be better than you ever imagined.
Music is different than other pursuits. In order to be a great basketball player you need to be born with certain traits. There's no way around it. You need to have the right body type, you need to be born with a certain athletic ability to make it to the highest levels of athletics. This is stuff that can't be taught. Sure, you can spend hours in the gym everyday, but with certain things like sports, you need some level of luck and natural ability.
With music, anyone with enough time and desire can make it to the highest level. All it requires is a consistent time commitment day after day, year after year.
The amazing part is, the time you make will be directly proportional to how great you want to be. Imagine spending 8 hours a day on your instrument for an entire year. Imagine what that would do for your playing. I have a feeling that would get you further than you ever thought possible. Most of us are too busy to make this happen. Even 4 hours a day for an entire year would probably make you insanely better at your pursuit.
The next step is ACTUALLY MAKING THE TIME. I know there's a lot of great stuff on Netflix. I know there are other things that demand your time on a daily basis. But will you commit yourself to being great? Will you make the time even if it comes at the expense of other things? Figure out all the ways you waste time everyday and re-commit that time to growing as a musician.
It's a simple formula, but one that takes a real commitment day in and day out. We all want to be great musicians, but few of us will make the time.