The happiest days of my life was when I was a little boy in Nigeria, sneaking out of the house to find a good soccer game in the slums closest to the secure and gated community I resided in. Completely oblivious to the dangers that loomed all around me, I sometimes skipped clumsily and dangerously close to busy streets blessed with temperamental drivers. I was a forward thinker those days, as my whole being ached forward for nothing more than the thrill of a good soccer game with the slum kids. Oh what pure ecstasy I felt, when I succeeded in cursing, kicking, begging or conniving my way into a pick up game.
On the way back home, I was tired, hungry, thirsty, bloodied, dirty, (insert unpleasant adjective here), but HAPPY. You couldn’t pay me enough money to wipe the smile off my face or heart. The feeling was well worth the impending spanking to be delivered at home by the greatest spank team of all time…my parents.
I miss those days of carefreeness and blissful ignorance! I’ve seen and experienced too much in life to come close to that state of childlike being anymore. The irony of it all is that then, I couldn’t wait to grow up. Maybe that’s why unless we are like children, we cannot see the kingdom of God.
Just random thoughts on my flight to Madison WI.
Just Do It
Nike is one of the most successful sports brands of all time, and their slogan is “Just do it!” It’s amazing how we often forget the power of such a simple statement.
As a musician with what I’ll call modest success, almost everything noteworthy I have accomplished in my career has not been due to elaborate plan or foresight, but just simply taking action. The first step is always the hardest, but it is the most significant. From recording my CDs, to being on The Voice, to quitting my full time job and pursuing music, success always followed a calculated leap of faith. #justdoit
I am reminded of how I approached the recording of my first ever EP in 2007. At that time, I had no clue on how to put a CD together. Armed with motivation, passion, and a few mistakes along the way, I eventually completed my 1st CD titled “live love and laugh.” I remember thinking to myself that I was just going to go for it and enjoy the process. I’m not advocating running wild and blind with every novel idea one can think of. What I’m saying is if there’s a conviction about a direction, we owe that conviction an action. #justdoit
I’ve got some really interesting ideas for the very near future for my music and brand. For a second there, I was playing it safe and scrutinizing every promising idea away. I’ve learned my lessons and I’ll just do what my boy Nike said. I’ll “Just Do It” and I’ll encourage you to do the same. #stilldoingit
Keep making good music the soundtrack to your life. #done