August, 2011…

My "guitar playing D-Day"…

I was at a fork in the road…

Do I go left?... Or right?

To my left was the path to quitting…

On to my right… the path to the “promised land”...

Achieving all my dreams around guitar.

It was emotional to say the least...

I felt a strong pull internally to go in both directions…

Part of me was ready to give up…

To quit…

To end my journey with the guitar.

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The frustration of the last two years had been building…

Stuck at the same level…

I couldn't understand why my favourite guitar players could play how they do...

I wasn't able to break through the physical limitations I thought I had…

And to top it all...

I felt like I would never be able to play the music I wanted to play deep down…

But the other part of me wanted to carry on…

“I’m not a quitter”... I would tell myself.

Music is something I’m very passionate about...

I still had all these ambitions…

Things I wanted to do…

And then the thoughts started flooding in…

"What if I never got to do those things?"

"What if I just let all the hopes and dreams I had die that day?"

"How would I feel about myself 10 years later?"

Since music is a big part of my life…

And had been for 7 years at that time…

I couldn’t let myself quit.

But I didn't know what to do next...

I wasn’t happy with the teacher I had at the time…

He wasn’t giving me the answers I needed…

I wasn’t making progress like I wanted…

“There had to be something (or someone) better”... I thought.

Then... something surprising happened…

Something I would've never expected...

In my last lesson with my old teacher….

He mentioned the name of another teacher (I’ll never figure out why)

We’ll call him Dave.

That night I went home…

I began to look at everything Dave had.

Videos on YouTube…

His website…

Articles he had written…

I began using some of the things he talked about…

I had one question on my mind...

"Would it work for ME?"

And you know what…

It was life changing…

Everything I was putting into practice that Dave talked about worked…

I actually began making progress in all the areas I was stuck in...

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So I made my decision…

I took the path to the right… and I carried on.

That night I began lessons with Dave…

And my guitar playing changed completely…

In ways I never imagined.

Through Dave… I met a handful of his students

We would chat to each other about music… and guitar…

Even though I’m not with Dave now…

These are some of my closest friends to this day...

It’s amazing how much a single choice can impact someone’s life…

As I reflect back on this experience…

I realise that everyone goes through these feelings like I did…

Feelings of hopelessness…

Like nothing you do will make a difference…

Wanting to throw in the towel and quit…

I’m so glad that I made the choice to carry on…

I dare not think what would’ve happened if I did quit…

I certainly wouldn’t be sitting here writing this article…

Life would be very different…

I want you to know that whenever you feel like quitting…

Step back from it all for a few seconds…

Think about both options…

How it would feel to give up…

To quit...

And what that would mean 10 years down the line.

I’m going to wrap this one up here (this article got pretty long)...

I hope my story can be of some use to you…

And if not… at the very least it was an entertaining read!

I’ll check in with you soon.

 Darryl “the day I chose not to quit” Powis

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