Drop Your Excuses: Get Inspired or Be an Inspiration

He told me it’s the one thing he really love to do. So he learned how to record his own metal songs. Now he has released quite enough music to hook my ears.

Truth is, he would love to have a band, but because of the busy schedules, he decided to go solo — for now I suppose.

I was blown away.

It was inspiring to know that someone out there is doing great work without falling into the trap of excuses.

I had mixed feelings of fascination and maybe a little envy. But I dropped the envy and crank up my fascination. Hey, envy doesn’t help! It ruins the fun.

And despite his success, he remains humble. I told him I wanted to program drums to fast-track our songwriting. And he’s kind enough to share the drum software he used — good thing it’s just a free software and I can’t wait to start experimenting it.

After our conversation, I was inspired to continue making my dreams a reality. I feel unstoppable. But I don’t know when it would last. I hope it keeps burning as long as I’m alive. 🙂

But that’s not the point. The point is:

I’ve learned that excuses, as always, are stupid stories we tell ourselves.

If we really want something, if it really matters to us, we’ll find a way to make it happen — whether it’s starting a business, building a product, writing music, travelling, learning a new skill, and so on.


“But I can’t…

…start my creative projects because I lack resources.” There are always alternatives.

“I can’t do what I love because of time and money.” Again, there are always alternatives.

Because if you really want it bad enough, you’ll find a way.

Oh, maybe you need to get inspired. I’ve learned that inspirations lead to actions. And actions — the right actions — are where it all start.

There are many ways to get inspired. Look around. See how others pursue their dreams — how they work for it, the things they sacrifice, what methods they use, and on and on.

Also, you can get inspired by just a random conversation (just like what happened to me). Ah! Who would have thought? Or maybe it’s the other way around — you can be an inspiration to others. Win-win.

I hope it works for you, too.

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.