This story has a happy ending: Jane says, “If I had not taken that first step, I would not have realized the dream of making my own album.”
Here’s how the story begins:
Did you know, Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Oprah Winfrey was an evening news reporter and apparently got fired because she couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories. Eventually, she was fired from the producer of Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.
Even Elvis was told he was garbage. After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks.**
Don’t be held back by other people’s opinions.
Here’s a story of a songwriter who waited many years to get past the burden of other people’s assessments.
Jane was a woman in her early sixties who had been playing guitar and singing since she was a teenager. She’d always had a dream of making an album of her songs, but she had put it aside when she decided to pursue a Ph.D. and to start her family.
She signed up for a local class in songwriting and recording. Her goals weren’t to be a radio star or to become famous. She just wanted to see what she was capable of.
As she was growing up, “helpful” people had been less than encouraging of her musical talents. She felt self-consciousness and uncertain about her ability.
So, the first time she got in a studio, it was scary. Her level of vulnerability and sensitivity were extremely heightened.
She was visibly shaking on the outside and absolutely quaking on the inside. But she got through it, Beautifully, that internal emotion came through in her performance.