Find your passion in life and don't be afraid to follow it.
You have to pay close attention to what you love to do in life, and never listen to anyone who tells you that you can't achieve your dreams. This is your life and there are no dress rehearsals. God gave you a certain amount of time on this earth. He gave you the ability to decide what to do with your life; if you don't, then someone else has a plan for you. Avoid people who have a negative attitude, and surround yourself with positive thinking people who believe in you and support you.
Everyone was born with a gift. It is so important to align your "spirit" with your vocation so that your gift can be used. It is when we become detached from our "true calling" that unhappiness occurs. There is a big difference between making a living and making a life. If you are currently in a situation where you are not doing what you love to do, I highly encourage you to set new goals in your life that will put you in the right direction towards real success. Making money is, and always will be secondary to true happiness.
One of my most favorite verses from the Bible is:
" I will instruct you, says the Lord, and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. " Psalm 32: 8
Words of Thanks to some special people in my life
I would like to acknowledge the following people who have played an important part in my life of Classical Guitar and musical growth: My wife Patricia who has given me much support and understanding in reaching my goals. My father who purchased my first guitar for me at age nine. My mother who used to let me play the melodies on the piano when I was a child while she played., My former guitar teachers, Bill Pileggi, Bill Durr, John Weisenthal at Hochstein School of Music. and Petar Kodzas at Eastman School of Music CED Division,The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, , Jun Qian (Focus) Jim Solomon and Karen Medley of the National Orff-Schulwerk Associaton, Santiago Masferrer at El Buen Amigo in Buffalo,NY, Donna Fox at Eastman School Of Music, My theory Professor, Dr. David Shaw, Bill and Dee Dee Kuhn at the legendary Stage 13 Bistro Coffee House for letting me test the waters in performing solo on my guitar. Dr. Ed Warzala, Barb Pollock, Theresa and Michelle at Empire State College. A special thanks to my good friend Joe Beninghof to whom has been a great friend and mentor over the years. Also a special thanks to Alice Carli, Conservator at the Sibley Music Library at Eastman School of Music whom gave me wonderful opportunities in digitization and conservation of Music Scores.