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Why the Pursuit of Happiness Is the Most Important Key to Creative Success

"Today could be the first day of the rest of your life," !llmind says.
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My name is !llmind. I'm a music producer and I'm passionate about sharing my experiences. Things that worked, things that I f*cked up and what I learned from it all. No guidance and no mentor. I know what it's like to want to create music but not know how to start, where to go or how to turn it into a living. I don't have ALL the answers, but what I can promise is that I will always touch on topics that I have personally experienced. At the end of the day, I hope to empower you to be your best self, regardless of what industry you're trying to pursue.

For more inspiration, subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel and my PODCAST "BlapChat."

Plan A. Plan B. Plan C. We all have goals, dreams and backup plans. Some of us have all of the above. Some of us have none of the above. One thing we all have as human beings are desires. Things we want to do and things we want to have. Life is about improving and enjoying.

When do we reach that ultimate place of peace where we can say to ourselves, “I am 100% satisfied with life,” or “I’ve reached all of my goals, I am content now.” The answer is NEVER. So the real question is, “Well, If I know I’ll never reach that place, what do I do?”

Life is about the journey. It always has been, and it always will be.

For the last 14 years of my life, I’ve called myself a “music producer.” Not because I quit my day job a long time ago and decided to take up a career in “music production,” but because one day I realized that all I wanted to do in life was create music, period. That medium of music just so happened to be hip-hop. Why? Because I was—and to this day still am—obsessed with listening to and creating beats.

From that point on, I’ve created somewhat of a habit for myself. To always do things that I truly want to do. With full gratitude, I can honestly say that almost every day for the last 14 years, I’ve only done things I really wanted to do, with nothing and nobody stopping me.

The idea of “doing” is powerful. The idea of “doing-with-intention” is even more powerful. The intention behind most (if not all) of my life decisions is happiness. I make music because it makes me happy. I keep certain people around me because I’m happy when I’m with them. I started my podcast BLAPCHAT because the idea and the action of doing it every week make me happy. I do music production meet-ups called Pass The Aux with up-and-coming producers because it makes me happy. I shoot content for my YouTube channel to help you get to know more about who I am and what I’m about because it makes me happy. I create drum kits because they’re not only fun to put together, but it's awesome to know that I'm helping producers around the world become inspired, and that idea makes me happy.

You get the point.

I’ve been making choices for myself and doing only things that make me happy, every single day, for roughly 14 years, straight. And I have no intentions of stopping anytime soon.

Have I enjoyed this journey so far? Absolutely. Because of that, I’m going to continue to feel happy and make decisions that will impact myself and my surroundings in a positive way.

I believe that one of the keys to success is to train yourself to always do things that make you happy. If traveling around the world makes you happy, do it. If going to the flee market every Saturday brings you joy, do that, every Saturday. If making beats makes you happy, do it as much as you possibly can. Opportunities manifest when you are in a state of happiness and enjoyment. The people that need to and should be in your life will continue to come around. Trust me. I’ve been living it.

I just so happen to be a person who is obsessed with and passionate enough about the art of creating music, that it’s all I want to do in life. After 14 years under my belt doing it, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it, and I’m only going to get better because I learn something new every day.

The point I’m trying to make is this: follow your heart and do things that make you truly happy. There is no “end-goal.” There is only the journey. I’m forever grateful for this life that I have, but I do believe that it started on that day I decided to pursue happiness, and nothing else.

Today could be the first day of the rest of your life.

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