“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
~ J.K. Rowling
I’m posting this quote because (a) I love J.K. Rowling; and (b) it reminds me of David (of course 🙂 ).
For all the peeps who have called David shy or timid or cautious or reserved over the years, his actions say differently.
He does not live cautiously. He follows his instincts, takes big risks and faces whatever comes next — sometimes big successes, sometimes failure.
The American Idol experience was way outside his comfort zone but he went for it. Doing interviews and red carpets, meeting and greeting fans, touring stadiums, he forged ahead. He put out a solid album with some very personal songs — “will you forget me, or remember my name, not even a memory, somewhere in the back of your brain?” — and then had to watch it flop. But he kept going.
Then after all that hard work he took another risk… a two-year-long risk… again, giving it 100%.
I think what I’ve learned most from David over these past five years is to stay true to yourself and follow your heart, even if you risk falling flat on your face.
How about you guys? What have you learned most from David?