What do Zedd, Armin van Buuren, and Grey all have in common?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Welcome to Motivation Monday! This is a weekly post meant to inspire, motivate, and provide discussion on topics ranging from artist success stories to my personal experiences making EDM.


Hey, let me ask you...


What do Zedd, Armin van Buuren, and Grey all have in common?


The answer may surprise you...


It's not that they all produce EDM. It's not that they're all complete rockstars in the EDM world...


It's that they're successful because they exhibit one key character trait:


Perseverance.


Now, I'm not talking about their personal lives, their social media accounts, or their shows.


I'm talking about the times you don't see them.


When they're not in front of a camera.


When they’re not performing in front of thousands of screaming fans.


And way before anyone even knew their names..


You see, it’s easy to fool yourself when you look at outside appearances. It’s easy to get caught up in all the glitz, the glamor, and the wealth. It’s easy to get jealous of another’s success because you wish you had what they have for yourself...


But before Zedd was an international legend, he was a struggling musician in Germany, playing small gigs for seven years.


Armin van Buuren started making beats at age 14 but didn’t see commercial success until he was 20...


And Kyle Trewartha, one of the members of Grey, produced for years under the name Singularity, and then Kyle Tree, before he and his brother exploded into “overnight success” as Grey.


So let’s talk about that.


Let’s talk about why some people just seem to “get lucky” and have “overnight success.” What’s really going on here?


Well, as Roman philosopher Seneca put it, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”


Some people seem to be naturally lucky. Sometimes, for whatever the reason, these people just seem to get their way with no reasonable explanation…


But for most people on planet earth, life isn’t quite so simple.


And for Zedd, Armin van Buuren, and Grey, life wasn’t that simple either.


They had to make their own luck.


They had to put in the long days and long nights in the studio.


They had to hustle.


They had to work on their craft.


It took them years of long-term, persistent effort in order to make any real progress.


Because that’s what’s required in the real world.


So if you want to be like them...


If you want to achieve success like them...


Then you have to start acting like them.


You have to persevere.


You have to be persistent.


And you have to never give up on your dreams.


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