I’m done with grandpa’s worn out, antique motto: "Go with the flow." The only thing that goes with the flow are dead fish, and soccer balls named “Wilson!”
I'd rather take a chance, and go against the flow like a crazy salmon. They are one of the most rich & famous fish in the world! Why? Because against all odds, they “spawn” (or get laid) against a raging current—they risk it all and swim against the stream with joy & abandon! Other fish must look at them and think “boy, those Salmon sure are nuts!” But the crazy salmon swim against the flow anyway. Alright, they have a very short lifespan. But that’s not the point. Here’s the point:
Remember the film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? I loved that film. It’s all about going against the flow and taking a leap of faith, against all odds. Make the leap, and you could find yourself swimming in the river of dreams. Don’t, and you may continue on, day after day, stuck in the rut of mediocrity and hopeful thinking. That’s the point! You either make the leap, or sit by and watch the river flow. You either get up every day with the intention of “making a dent” and creating something that matters, or you don’t.
“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”
—Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
Best selling (amazon) author J. Michael Dolan continues to augment a successful entertainment industry career, which has spanned over 40 years—covering all aspects of the business, including writing, publishing, coaching, consulting, teaching, producing, photography, graphic arts, digital media and performing. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Michael worked at literally every major motion picture studio and every major television network in Hollywood, gaining valuable knowledge and experience along the way.
In 1977, Michael founded Music Connection magazine, a music business trade publication distributed in bookstores and newsstands from coast to coast. The publication quickly became a “must read” for industry executives, and a trusted advocate for musicians and songwriters, who promptly dubbed it “the musician’s bible.” Shortly thereafter, Michael created Songwriter Connection magazine, which became part of the MC family of invaluable products and services. That publication was later sold to a privately held company.
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