If you decide you want to be a songwriter, there will be many fearful moments. There will be times when you put your songs out there and you are soundly rejected. You’ll hear things you don’t want to, and you’ll experience disappointing moments you never could imagine. Hundreds of these moments will come and either one of them is already a good reason for someone to give up, but just think of why you started this whole thing and it will give you enough motivation to pass through the rough times. There will be moments on stage when you think you might wet your pants, but when you overcome that fear, you’ll have a great chance to experience how it feels when an arena filled with 60,000 people are shouting and singing along to the songs you wrote. There will be financial crossroads you will come to that require you to take a safe road, or to venture out into the great unknown with no guarantee, but again, think of the time that you pass all the times with $1 in your pocket and make it to the point that most probably money is not really an issue for you, because the royalty cheques are fat! The question you have to ask yourself is this –
Is the fear stronger than your dream?
It’s always about priorities, doesn’t matter what the topic is. In life, anything with higher priority will come first for us, right? If the dream is more important, then you will face the fear. You will give it everything you have and pull your all in, you will definitely get a satisfying answer. You will defeat the fear or die trying. That’s literally what I did in my life, and I almost lost my life twice, no joke. But at the end of the day, I’m here now, alive, with many hit songs and still running. If the fear is bigger than your dream, you will give up and walk away – or to trigger you here I’d say you’d chicken out! The brave is sometimes killed in the battle, but the fearful never live at all. If you want it, start writing and don’t worry about anything else. Just focus on writing better songs.