Note: I originally wrote this article intending to post it on a different site. It wasn’t about music so I didn’t think it belonged on SoundSavant.com. But after I thought some about it I realized that it made sense to use it here. I view SoundSavant.com as my personal site. I should be able to talk about things beyond music every once in awhile. In the end, the person I am ends up in the music I make so it all comes full circle anyway. I hope you enjoy this.
Most of us have a mentor, someone that’s there for us as we grow up and show us what being a successful adult is all about. Sometimes it’s a teacher or a neighbor but most often it’s a family member. In my case, it was my dad. Even though it’s been several years since he passed away, I still reflect almost daily on the life lessons I learned from him. Possibly the most important thing he taught me is that the key to a successful life can be broken down into 5 simple ideas.