When I was in my early twenties I lived in Chicago alone. I went back to school there, and then dropped out of college to work. Though it was a real growing experience for me and I wouldn't trade that time for the world, I was poor as dirt and my music dreams were just that – dreams. I played in a band, but worked in computers and sports.
I would dream of what I knew I wanted to do with my music, and would imagine someday moving to a place like Nashville, but it seemed like such a fantasy that I wasn’t really sure how I would ever get there. I could
|The View When We're Young|
And after leaving Chicago, I continued to work on what I have heard called lately “career capital”. I love this concept. What I started in Chicago (and before in my teen years), carried on when I moved back to Kentucky and started my business, and eventually brought to Nashville, was the capital I had been storing up the whole time. Bit by bit I built up 20 years of experience that now is what I base my career and my living on.
Riding the subway train in on the same route I used to take as a poor twenty-something, and now being somewhat in control of a creatively-led life, it was interesting to look at the city with more mature eyes. At this more comfortable point it was like I was giving my former self permission to be young and stupid. It was like saying “Hey, keep the dream, keep envisioning your future. One day you’ll get there, but it will take a while.”
|The View We Have Later|
One day you may look back at where you are now and it may seem like a very small point that you see in a totally new light. At that point you too may look back on the struggle it is now and smile.
Trust me, I've been there!
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is freshly back from the streets of Chicago, the sights and sounds of Navy Pier, the opulence of Michigan Avenue, and the tastes of Pizzeria Uno and Al’s Beef. With his senses restored he’d love to talk to you about where you are on your creative journey. For more info, go to http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com
For more on "Career Capital" see the post "So Good They Can't Ignore You".