Life is a Long Hike

“I can’t make this work. It’s too hard. It’s too complicated. And there are too many other people doing a lot better stuff.”

Jules is 21 years old. His daddy’s rich (at least he would be rich if he lived in, say, Pakistan) and his momma’s good looking. But Jules is worried. He recently graduated from college and has decided to begin a career in music. He has begun a band, called “Royal Native,” and has produced an album. All who have heard it are impressed. But the challenge of turning a pair of talented young musicians into a going, moneymaking concern is daunting. Almost overwhelming.

“There are just so many groups doing similar things,” Jules continued. “They’re all on the Internet, just like we are. And many of them are very good. And I don’t know how to distinguish what we’re doing from what they’re doing. We’re not really ‘better.’ And we don’t really have a unique sound.

“You can’t make a go of it on the Internet alone. You have to perform. I can perform…but only the country/folk stuff. And that’s just not going to take us anywhere…because everybody does it. Our new sound is ‘techfolk’…it’s good, but it’s done in the studio…you can’t do it on stage. So you can’t perform. And if you can’t perform your stuff, you might as well give up because you’ll never get the ‘buzz’ you need to stand out.

“And there are so many things I just don’t know how to do… So much of this is marketing. I don’t know anything about marketing. And what can I market? You need something unique. We don’t have anything unique. We’re just trying to come up with good music…and that’s hard enough…

“I think I’m going to give up. It’s too hard. I’ll never be able to do it. Besides, all I really want in life is a house in the suburbs, a nice, blonde wife…and a job where I don’t have to work too hard.”

We had to pause and think. What to say to a young man who is just starting out…and who realizes what he is up against?

Father-knows-best had this advice:

“Jules…look…you’ve got a long road ahead. This is no time to worry. You’re not supposed to know how things work…or how to get where you’re going. Life is a long hike. It is as if you were walking from Baltimore to Los Angeles. It doesn’t really matter which way you turn when you go out the front door. The important thing is just to keep walking. You’ll have plenty of time to correct your course.”

Until next time,

Bill Bonner
for Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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frank van looy
I am an 81youngster i was born in 1928 my parents where rich in the Hotel Atlantid on the seafront in Belguim we did not have time to count the money and thene it happende someone took my silver spoon out of my mouth and we where brooke we packed up and whent to England to starte again. It took ten years and the begining of the second War for us to get back onto oure feet,my brothers diead in Singapore 21 yers old defending Australia,I was 11 years old so could not fight. Commohsence seems to be uncommon in… Read more »
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