I bought this guitar when I was 15. It cost $139.00. 24 years later I still have it, and I still sort of know how to play it. I carried it to school with me every day. I played and played and played and played for hours on end every day. Tom Petty, Bad Company, Skid Row, Boston. I must have played Free Fallin’, Shooting Star and More than a Feelin’ thousands of times. It was so cool to learn to play songs and when I learned a new one or a new riff I would play it over and over and over. I have callouses on my hands now from pullups and deadlifts, but back in the day the tips of the fingers on my left hand looked much worse than my hands do today. I was dedicated. I practiced and practiced. I loved it, and still do.
From the time I was 19 years old until about 24 or 25 I played in a band here in Memphis. We played just about every dive you can think of in this town. It was great. Most people go to college and party I partied on stages and ran around jumping and windmilling E chords playing very loud rock and roll. It truly was amazing. It was my first experience having a real “wolfpack.” A group of guys that would literally do anything for each other. It sounds cheesy, but it was true. At that stage in our lives, we would have done anything for each other.
That’s me on the left. 🙂 So why am I telling you all of this? Because I’ve learned something over the last year that I wish I had known back in this picture at the Daily Planet in Memphis, TN. When you are doing something that you could do for hours on end without stopping, that’s your passion and you figure out how to make that your career or your money maker. If you have a group of people around you doing the same thing that are equally as passionate as you are then that’s your wolfpack. Focus on that, stay with it. No matter what.
Now, that doesn’t mean that I wish I was 20 again. What it means is that we all probably had a really great mindset when we were younger that we somehow lost as we got older. It’s why I’m so passionate about working on the Barbell Shrugged team and it’s why I love CrossFit and Olive Branch CrossFit. It’s just like being in a band. We’re all working together to make something happen and we are all equally passionate about what we are doing. I’m not saying that you need to get into a band or you need to join a CrossFit gym, but what I am saying is that you need to be doing something that you are passionate about and you need to be hanging around people that are just as passionate about that thing as you are. When you have that “wolfpack” it’s amazing.