What do you need to succeed? Is it faith, luck, or just the season, or rhythm, of life?
As someone who has had four businesses and coached loads of people, I can tell you this: Success takes a lot of passion and persistence. No leprechauns or magic pots of gold, sorry!
Was it faith, luck, or something else?
I spoke at a high school career fair recently. I wanted to encourage them but I also had to keep it real. Most of these kids think that they’ll become instantly famous with a viral video on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok.
Actually, as I told them, most people don’t experience “overnight success.” For musicians and singers, it takes an average of ten years. For entrepreneurs, the magic number is five. It’s not luck. It takes a whole lot of faith – and work. It also helps to have the following:
- Availability: Make yourself available for opportunities and be intentional.
- Alignment: Align yourself with the right people who will push you to succeed.
- Authenticity: Don’t try to copy others. Be genuine and real.
The timing factor
Back when I had my own podcast, Garrett Goodwin, Carrie Underwood’s drummer, was one of my favorite guests. Before he became her drummer, he was asked to be her drum tech. He was the guy who came to tune the drums before performances and do the sound checks. This is humbling assignment for an accomplished drummer but he agreed. When her drummer left, who do you think was asked to be his replacement? This wasn’t magic. It was his time. He’s also a really great guy!
Recently, I was in the “audience” on a live Zoom call with a coaching group I belong to called Kingdom Driven Entrepreneurs. There were two hosts and one couldn’t hop on because she was having microphone issues. They asked if I’d like to come onto the virtual stage and I agreed. After all, I’m a percussionist and I know how to improvise! Soon after, I was asked if I’d like to be one of the co-hosts of their new show called KDE Live, which is on YouTube.
My friend, Sheyenne Kreamer, and I have been pitching different wellness programs to non-profits for six or seven years. Obtaining funding has been a huge issue and these programs often fell to the wayside. Until recently when everything all clicked. I’ll be offering my drum ministry training program virtually next month. Divine timing?
What’s the moral of these stories? If you want to move your gifts forward and expand the Kingdom, you can’t wish or hope or lurk in the background. You have to show up, be consistent, and be ready to jump in when asked!
How about you?
So, if you’re wondering: “Dori, when is it my time?” It’s now. You just need to find your lane, find your rhythm, and get in position. Has everything suddenly just clicked? Feel free to drop a comment below!
If you need some encouragement or have any questions, I’m here for you! Why not sign up for a free call and let’s chat! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist. Inspirational speaker, author, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. She offers wellness and empowerment programs for individuals and organizations, both with drumming and without. Virtual and in-person programs are available. Click here to schedule a call to find out more!