This is a guest post by Dean Crawford of the Dunn River Band.
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII
If you can dream it, you can do it.
Many people measure success by only taking into account a few variables that we often times give in to, as the prime indicators of great achievement.
We spend our lives chasing the almighty greenback on our eternal quest for fortune and fame and in doing so; we tend to miss out on the little things in life that really matter.
I have most certainly been guilty of getting caught up in this way of thinking and allowing my wildest imagination to take over from my center of gravity when it comes down to reality.
I have never been as shy and intimidated as to not let everyone know that I am a huge dreamer looking through starry eyes and not willing to come to terms with the fact that all dreams don’t always come true.
While it is great to always have super confidence levels and an exuberant approach to life itself, one must always measure these qualities against wishful thinking and the harsh realities that we are met with on a daily basis.
Life will always take you places that you never imagined you would be. Sometimes it will present you with great moments or even periods of triumph and then turn around and haul you over the coals of hell.
It is left up to us to take away something positive from all facets of our personal growth period and always keep in mind that there is hope even in our darkest hour.
This unyielding faith and principle is the foundation which makes up the building blocks of my life as I seek to make a name for myself in the world of country music.
The music business in not for the faint of heart and one’s constitution must be made of steel in order to withstand the onslaught of rejections and pitfalls that are ever so present along the way.
My travels to date have taken me from the backwoods and dirt roads of my native Jamaican home to the highways and bright lights of the United States where I have made a deal with myself that I will see this journey through as far as the road will take me.
I always knew that I had talent and believed that success was just around the corner and I still believe to this day that my biggest break yet is just within reach.
However, somewhere along the way, my quest for stardom and wealth has been superseded by my hunger and thirst to simply do what I love to do best—–WRITE MY SONGS AND SING EM’ ON STAGE!.
Dream it and do it
While I may not sell out arenas and theaters all across this country, I am content to know that my band and I are highly sought after on the club and festival circuit in the mid-Atlantic region and I never lose the thrill of hearing one of my songs being played on a major nationally recognized country music station or stations in my home state of Maryland.
I am no longer blinded by the glare of bright lights and glitz and glamour and have grown fully comfortable in my own skin, realizing that through my music, I am making a huge difference in the lives of many people.
I share a special bond with the folks that love my music and I often times think of them as family—with family being the operative word in this sentence because family is what keeps me grounded and deeply rooted in my core principles and values.
I take great pride in saying that I have always been my father’s son and my mamma’s boy and every step along the way, I have lived my life in such a way that they can be proud of me and it is also of equal importance to be proud of one’s self.
My parents raised me to believe that I could do anything that I set my mind to doing and they have always given me the freedoms to dream.
I must point out that wishing and dreaming are two very different things that sometimes get confused and inter twined with the other.
Wishing is simply sitting back and hoping something will happen while dreaming is the actual visualization of what is it that you want to happen and believing that if you can see it happening – then there’s no stopping you from putting the pedal to the metal and just go out and making it happen.
Therefore, I am a dreamer and I encourage everyone to dream and then dream some more because while they may all not come true, some will and as we all know, the glass is better half full than being empty—in this regard.
Having faith in God and one’s self is a powerful force that can break down walls and create the atmosphere for personal growth and development and if you don’t believe me……just try it!!
Whenever I come across obstacles in life that seem insurmountable, somehow I always dig inside and reach for my reserve strength and I pray about the matter and then I simply do my best at beating back the odds.
By most accounts, life is a race that we are in and we are our only and biggest competitor and the sooner we come to terms with this reality, the quicker we will achieve greater levels of success.
These days I measure my personal success, not by how much money I have in the bank or how many records I have sold; I measure success by gagging my happiness meter.
True happiness and success derives from doing what it is that one loves to do in life.
I am one of the lucky ones who found out from an early age that I wanted to be an entertainer and I am thankful that I have met many people along my journey that have assisted me with time, resource and love, virtually giving me the wings to fly and live out my dreams.
I implore everyone to do out and figure out what is their true purpose—-now this is the hard part sometimes, but once you figure this out, everything seems to fall into place as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort needed to fan the flames of a smoldering fire that truly is burning in you.
This fire still burns inside of me and I pray that it will burn till the day I take my very last breath.
“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” – Walt Disney
About the Author: Dean Crawford is more than just a gifted performer with a great voice. He renders traditional and contemporary country tunes with deep conviction, charisma and energy. Dean is also a talented songwriter.