I remember thinking I was going to be a rockstar. I was going to perform on big stages, see my face on the cover of popular magazines and hear my songs on the radio. Nothing was going to stop me from being famous. While that may seem like an impossible dream to most people – and even more so to my parents, who probably would’ve preferred that I become a doctor or something more reasonable – it was just that…THIS was my dream.
Kids dream…that’s what they do. It’s healthy and it drives them to make things happen. As the owner of a music academy, I don’t just educate kids how to be great musicians, but I also inspire kids at schools around the Inland Empire about how to succeed no matter what they want to do or who they want to be. Success stems from hard work and tenacity, it doesn’t happen by mistake. When you are young, you have the time to try different things until the thing that you connect with the most reveals itself. You’ll know exactly when that occurs because you will find a passion and drive for it, and it will never feel like work.
As parents, we want the best for our kids and we will do whatever it takes to see them reach our goals…I mean their goals. How many times have we said to ourselves, “I wish I never stopped doing that,” or “If I could do it all over again, I would change…” By aligning ourselves today on a path to our dreams for tomorrow, we hopefully will never have to say those things.
I recommend that you and your children try to achieve your dreams together. Write down realistic daily goals that you believe will help you get closer to your dream. Evaluate your goals every night and check them off when they are complete. Those small successes everyday will create momentum which will eventually not only get you closer to your dreams but also make you feel like Superman.
You might be wondering if I ever became a rockstar. Let’s just say, I feel like more of a rockstar today than I ever dreamed I would be. I get to change people’s lives and I do it through music. Music inspires and it allows us to discover who we are, both as a musician and as a fan.
Michael Anderson, Owner, Rockstars of Tomorrow