Before Bach was Bach we remember him today, he walked 250 miles (about 400 kilometers) from Arnstadt to Lubeck to learn from Buxtehude. After this visit, his style changed, both in performance, and in composition. Not everybody was happy with this change, though. We know that Bach left Arnstadt quite soon afterwards in search for better opportunities.
What if he had stopped, saying, "It wasn't worth it, it's a failure, I'm never going to create St. Matthew Passion?"
Nobody, including Bach, suddenly climbs Mt Everest. Overnight success is such a fallacy and yet we want to believe it's true because it makes a nice story for Hollywood movie.
You make thousands of small failures along the way. And sometimes - a leap. But even this leap might feel like a failure to some, until they start to pay attention.
If you're not yet at Lubeck, you've got some walking to do. And when you get to Lubeck, even more walking.
This walking never ends as long as you're alive.
[This post is inspired by "When will you get to Ramsgate" by Seth Godin]
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