In the month of May, the United States celebrates, Cinco De Mayo – May 5th. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. To myself, it has become a unique milestone and memory…and a beginning!
It was May 5, 2008, 9 years ago, when I walked out of the corporate world that frustrated my creative mind and soul for 22 years and embarked on a journey that became David’s Music House, Inc. While it took 2 years, from that day of wondering what to do, to the opening day, October 10, 2010, David’s Music House has been the most rewarding career effort of my 65 years (so far).
I have been asked, what makes you think you can begin a business at your age, having never been a business owner before? It never takes longer than a second to say the answer. I couldn’t have been ready to do something like this, let alone succeed, until this age. I spent most of the first nearly 50 years of my life thinking I was not as smart, not as capable, or not as important as everyone else around me. I spent 12 years of my life in public schools just hiding or trying to not attract attention, for fear of all the bullies around me. It wasn’t until after I graduated from high school that I found the first thing I could feel proud of and that was playing music in a band, and then eventually, my singing voice, which allowed me to feel what it’s like to have someone who would have usually ignored me, now pay attention to me – because of my performance in bands. Yet, somehow, when I wasn’t in the environment of music, I stepped back into the world of being inadequate and unseen.
During my years working the corporate world, I discovered a couple of things: 1.) Having a technical job had absolutely nothing to do with being creative and 2.) People behaved differently in that environment. Those who would normally have been friendly people, behaved as those they thought they would gain importance and promotions from. In other words, management ignored talents of some, to give monetary gain and power to those who “worshiped” them. The corporate world acts pretty much as the bland cubicles that reside within it…separate, detached and cruel to many, while ignoring ignorance of others and promoting such ignorance and lack of performance. Needless to say, I felt as worthless there as I did during my school years. Eventually, one’s efforts simply wither and die into thinking, “well, at least I have a decent job that helps provide for my family” and then go home to find your happiness and value. If it were not for my family and love of music, I am fairly certain that I would have never made it through the bouts of depression.
When I was nearing the time of being “blessed” with the opportunity to leave that corporate world, I joyfully chose it and that day in May, that celebrated holiday we know as Cinco De Mayo, was the beginning of a journey of awakening, the likes of which I had never known in all my previous years. I can vividly remember walking out of that building on that last day with a wave of emotional relief, like I was headed for the longest vacation I would ever take. This was in 2008, which we all know became our country’s biggest economic depression since the “Great Depression”. It was during this time in 2008, that I began to develop my idea for starting my business. I began talking to business owners and learning a lot. The most important discovery I made was that I began to reflect on all the things I had done in my life and instead of taking the insignificant aspects, I became aware of the huge, risky decisions I had taken and the drive that enabled me to do them. I was no longer the “silent, unimportant one”. I was a different person, and I knew that I could actually do ANYTHING I wanted to do…as long as I didn’t quit. Everything I ever did before failed because I quit. These failures actually taught me a lot, as failures always do. Mostly, they taught me what I never knew before…If I wanted to do anything, all I had to do was NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stop moving toward that goal, but ONLY if it was a true, deep passion that I believed in.
As anyone who knows me, well knows, I am not very good at remembering dates. I try my best to keep our wedding anniversary (also inside my ring), the birthdates of my wife and my two daughters and of course my birthday, but that’s all I claim to be able to remember, with one other exception… Cinco De Mayo, especially May 5, 2008…
Oh yeah…just one more date, the opening of David’s Music House, 10.10.10, October, 10, 2010. All of the 65 years of my life have been a step by step journey of preparation, leading to David’s Music House and my discovery of WHY I exist. There will be more to come on that subject, in future David’s Blog articles. What I can say is, that same passion and drive will reveal more of what I now know – “I can do ANYTHING I am passionately driven about…as long as I don’t quit”… and when it comes to this subject…there is no quitting.
Thank you as always for loving music, coming to DMH and spreading the word about what we do.
Love and Peace,