Being a songwriter is not for the faint of heart.
But, being alive is not for the faint of heart, either. The more stories I hear, the more I realize that the vast majority of us have faced some really difficult things in life. If you have not, then count your blessings.
I loved this quote the moment I saw it. Even the courageous are afraid. They just decide that something else is more important than fear. Soldiers in battle who go toward the enemy to save a buddy are still afraid. They just put their friend above the fear and they face it anyway.
In life, or in songwriting, the same principle applies.
If you decide you want to be a songwriter, there will be MANY fearful moments.
There will be times when you put your songs out there and you are soundly rejected. There will be moments on stage when you think you might wet your pants. There will be financial crossroads you will come to that require you to take a safe road, or to venture out into the great unknown with no guarantees.
The question you have to ask yourself is this –
Is the fear stronger than your dream?
If the dream is more important, then you will face the fear. You will give it everything you have. You WILL defeat the fear or die trying. If the fear is bigger than your dream, you will give up and walk away.
The brave are sometimes killed in battle, but the fearful never live at all. If you want it, then write on.
Marty Dodson (Co-founder of SongTown/Six time #1 songwriter)