Raising my kids enforced my knowing that you gotta live your dreams to truly live in happiness.
I was privileged to be a full time mom. Good thing too because I raised two performing kids who also led normal busy lives while practicing their art.
Even before my son was born I knew he was drummer. From the fifth month of my pregnancy his hands and feet were playing his kit inside me whenever I attempted to rest. My daughter showed us her comedic talents at the tender age of one month. Yes, one month.
Whatever my kids showed an interest in they got to do. Living in the Washington. D. C. area allowed me to easily find classes for all their interests.
Interestingly, by the time each of them turned five they already showed their future paths.
So they played soccer and took classes at the Corcoran Art Gallery In D.C. And they took music lessons. Lots and lots of lessons!
My kids both turned professional at age eleven. Soon after they had to choose between soccer and their art. Why? They are both talented athletes, which means when they played the other team went after them and it became too dangerous to continue playing as kids grew bigger and tougher.
Both my kids live their dreams. Some people call them lucky. Firstly, there is no such thing as luck. You make your luck! More than that, despite the natural talent with which both my son and daughter were born, they both worked harder than anyone you ever knew to develop their talents.
They set standards for themselves that were so high even their friends told them to chill out.
You don’t get to live your dreams if you are willing to settle for anything less than playing full out. Plain and simple.
When you set a goal for your life you go after it wearing blinders. Blinders? To maintain your focus so nothing, absolutely nothing, pulls you off track or off course.
My kids are performers in New York City – the toughest place to make it in show biz. They created their dreams of very young ages and never let up. They continue to study and practice and get better and better at what they do.
Successful people never stop honing their skills and never stop learning, growing and challenging themselves.
Successful people believe in themselves and garner the support they need to stay on target.
After completing his first year at the Cleveland Institute of Music my son actually yelled at me for supporting him. He raged, “Do you know how hard it is to make a living in this business?”
Yes, living your dreams may not be easy. It is worth every minute of blood sweat and tears – no matter what business you are in.
I am Ali Bierman. What do I DO and why do I do it? I teach you how to live in happiness now. Nothing in your life will work perfectly or permanently until you love yourself first. When you accomplish that end then you live in happiness.
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