Becoming proficient at music is time consuming. It is said (Malcolm Gladwell popularized it) that a person needs 10,000 hours to become an expert in a thing. When the mystery is pulled back and we see that The Beatles didn’t just write a few albums of all number one songs in a row but they worked tirelessly for little money practicing their craft, we see a key ingredient to a successful life is drive. I seek this internal engine in new students, record label artists, friends, companions, and myself. To be professional is to find your drive. Skill is important but drive always wins when harnessed.
Many people believe you cannot create drive and I do believe people have different “gears” in how they run their lives. Drive definitely does not always mean fast. Some real drivers are persistent and strong in their drive. Think about the drive in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for instance. He was not a flash in the pan, but like many others who fight for noble causes, he got up every day for years and pushed the momentum forward, through unbearable odds. Drive is something you can develop but you have to notice its presence or absence and hunger a little bit for it to come. The enemy of drive is often comfort.