Welcome to episode #126 of The David Madow Lifestyle Show! This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I want your undivided attention today. What I will be teaching you today will help your life. I guarantee it!
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I am still in Breckenridge, Colorado as I am recording this. I have been here for about three weeks now but I am leaving tomorrow to come back home to Maryland. People ask me if I am excited about that? And do I want to come back? Here’s the deal. I love my home in Maryland. Yoko and I live in a nice home in a rural setting. There is farmland and horses and we just love it there. But I LOVE Colorado as well. I love the mountains and the snow and I love Colorado in the summer. There’s something about it that’s just magical to Yoko and I. Who know maybe one day this will be our home permanently but until then we are very fortunate and thankful that we get to come out here at least a couple times a year.
So how are you doing? How is your year coming along so far? We are already into March. And I really hope you are living your life the way you want to live it. You only get one chance and we got to do what we want to do in life. I am going to help you with something today that I think is going to help get you in the right direction if you have been stalled a little bit. If there is really something that you dream about doing, but you haven’t had the motivation, courage, or guts to do it, I am going to teach you that you can do practically anything that you want in your life.
You may have heard me say this before, but when I was younger I really wanted to play guitar. My parents went out and bought me a guitar and I went to guitar lessons and I practiced. But I wasn’t really that good. I kinda sucked. It didn’t come naturally to me so in order to play I had to practice. And other things got in the way like sports. So I just gave it up and put the guitar in the closet. I kind of felt like a failure and so I never really did much with it. Even in my later years as I got older. Maybe in my late thirties I started messing around with it again. I hired a guitar teacher and kind of the same thing happened. I wasn’t very good and over time it just went by the wayside. It was something I always wanted to do but it just never really happened for me. I am never going to be a famous rock star but this dream ultimately kind of come true. When my son recently got married, about 6 months ago, I pulled my guitar out of the closet, put some new strings on it, and tuned it up. And I actually wrote a song for my son’s wedding. I decided that instead of doing a conventional speech I would perform the song. So I played in front of about 180 to 200 people and it went really well.
After the wedding, I wondered what I could do using my new (semi) talent. I got the idea that I would write a vegan parody song. A friend of mine gave me the idea to use the song “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”, and with some help from my brother Rich, I created the song “Vegan on a Jet Plane”. My friend, Don Robertson, who runs a vegan potluck in Maryland, graciously asked me to play it for his group one evening. I said “yes”. So here I am this inexperienced musician playing my song in front of about 40 people in the room and I recorded it. I shared the video on Facebook and it got a lot of views and a lot of great comments. So from there I started writing another song called “Dear Vegan”. Now remember I am not a songwriter, I am not a guitar player, and I am not a musician but I was so passionate and determined to do something that I figured out a way to do this without even having that much experience. I have even started to get calls from vegetarian festivals wanting me to play my songs. The lesson here is if you really want to do something badly enough I truly believe it can be done.
What is it that you want to do? I know there is something in your life that you have been putting off. I am convinced that if you are listening to me right now there is probably one thing that you really want to do in your life but for some reason you just put it off. You don’t think you will be that good at it. I am the same way. I have been that way too. It’s time to just forget about what other people think, or whether you are good or bad. Because if you are doing something and you love it, it doesn’t matter if you are good or bad. I can give you so many examples. I am runner and I am not a fast runner. Never have been. Many people would give it up because they were frustrated that they were always at the back of the pack or never won a race. But for me it was the opposite, I don’t care if I am at the back of the pack because there are so many benefits to running. I have been running for about 35 years now. If I would have given it up that would have been horrible. Instead I have actually made it a big deal that I am a slow runner. I think being a slow runner is better than being a fast runner. I have several friends that have been competitive runners and you know what happens? They get burned out, injured, and it’s just too much for their body. They’ve stressed their body so much over the years that they just can’t do it anymore. I might be the “back of the pack” guy but I keep doing it for my entire life.
Another example for you is skiing. I am not anywhere close to the best skier on the mountain. I am pretty good but it has taken me a long time to get pretty good. Years ago I was horrible. It would have been easy for me to give it up. But I never gave it up and kept persisting. Now at 60 years old I am pretty good but I am nowhere close to the best people on the mountain. As long as I can get up to the top of the mountain and ski down, I call myself a skier. And the same goes for singing. I’ve been singing for a long time. But I remember when I was younger and people told me that I couldn’t sing and that I sucked. But it’s ok because I am happy with myself and I am totally confident. I don’t care if I get up on the stage and some people don’t like it.
These are just a few examples. I know there is something inside of you that you want to do. I am positive of that!
My point is to do something you are passionate about, you don’t have to be the best. You don’t even have to be in the middle. You can be bad at something but try your best and do it and be passionate about it. As you do it you will get better and better at it. Don’t compare yourself to other people. Do what you are comfortable doing.
Your challenge from this episode is to think of one thing in your life that you have wanted to do but you have just put it off for some reason. It could be anything – art, language, singing, or writing – anything. I want you to make today the day that you are going to say “hey, I have put this off too long. I’m going to get started and try this.” What’s your passion?
You don’t have to be perfect. I am far from perfect. I love to help people and inspire people but no way am I perfect. I am no different than you. The only difference is that maybe I have figured some things out that you haven’t gotten to yet. I have figured out how to make almost any goal come true. I have figured out how to live my life the way I want to live it. Because I am no longer worried or afraid of what other people are going to think of me. I don’t care if I am bad. I do the best I can and I don’t let it bother me. And guess what? I am going into a professional recording studio to record my two vegan parody songs. Twenty years ago if you had asked me I would never of thought that I would be going into a recording studio to record two singles. But I am doing it now because I have overcome the fear. I don’t let anything stop me. What’s the worst thing that could happen?
If you have any questions I am here to help! I love doing this and I love inspiring. I have been there and done that. I am not much different than you at all. I don’t worry about what anyone will think. These days I do what’s in my gut and what’s in my heart. It works for me really well and I know it will work for you.
Don’t let this go. Promise me that you are going to come up with your idea and work on it. Shoot me a message and let me know what it is! I’d love to hear it!
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