Had a talk with good ole’ James Paek tonight. As we sat together he told me how I have great stage presence and how I have a great tone, but that he would love to see me put in the extra effort to be a greater vocalist, the vocalist he knows I have the potential to be. He told me that though I’m good now,I could be great. Great.
Not only did he tell me I could be great, but he called me Nics, which happens to be his new found “pet name” for me, so I knew he was being sincere. Seriously, bro?!? Me…great?!?
Mind you, James is an incredible, and I mean INCREDIBLE, vocalist and musician, so by no means should his comments be taken lightly [I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, or his for that matter]. Now I’ve only worked with James musically for nearly a year, but I’ve known him for several, so I know this is generally uncharacteristic of his personality. He could have easily sat me down and said “Hey, you’re great, but this isn’t working out”. Instead, he’s pushing me. Pushing me to be better and he genuinely wants me to succeed. It was strange to hear how highly James thought of me, because clearly I don’t think that way about myself.
I will not be great until I first believe I can be great.
I’ve spend too much time getting in my own way; telling myself I’m not good enough, that I’m not capable of doing things when I am perfectly able and good enough. I think it’s safe to say, I’m going through some growing pains. It’s time to put myself aside and face the music, no pun intended. I know the road will not be easy, but I’m not going down without a fight!
I will be great because I first believe I can be great.