Career Advice from John Mayer (yes, you read that right).

So, I went to see John Mayer’s concert last Wednesday. Surprisingly I got the best advice so far in my career hunt straight from the mouth of the singer/too much information purveyor.  He addresses the audience, well only “all you dreamers out there.” Yes, that would be me. At what other time do you really get to dream about what you want to do with your life than when you are unemployed? In any case, he said “If you are a dreamer, then live your dreams. If you are a writer, write. If you are a singer, sing. If you are an artist, paint.”

Very wise. “Who says I can’t get stoned?” is what he sings but out of this comes some smart advice, even if it came from seemingly illegal drug use roots. (which of course I am not condoning). But I like the phrase, “Who says I can’t…” followed by me filling in the blank of something I can do. Sometimes advice comes from the most unlikely places. I took it to heart. I am writing again. I am reaching out to people with my ideas. The dreamer is dreaming. Maybe the dreams will unfold and lead me to do what I really want to do. Something I can be good at. Something I can reach for and grab. Something that gives meaning.

John Mayer, yes sir, I am listening. He did his mid-set riff on living your dreams because after all, he was once a Berklee student attending other people’s shows and now he had the audience’s attention at a sold-out Boston Garden.

Who says… I can’t find the path I am supposed to be on? I think a lot of us get caught in working somewhere that eventually crushes our spirit. Just doing the wrong thing or being at the wrong place trying to do the right thing. It makes us forget what we had been dreaming of before. Finding inspiration in life and the world around us and in our dreams is much harder than just going with the status quo. It’s easy to get caught up in just phoning it in and living life without taking chances or being a little dreamy here and there. We get lazy. We get satisfied with the bare minimum.

So hats off to you, John Mayer, for hitting me right where I needed to be hit. Now just make sure you learn to keep your mouth shut about your conquests….


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie
    Mar 08, 2010 @ 13:00:14

    Trust me on this: you’ve been given a tremendous gift. It may not feel like it at first, but it most definitely is just that. If you quiet the outer noise and turn inward, you may hear your soul’s true calling. It took me almost 20 years to find this out for myself—I was so busy hustling to make a living that I really wasn’t living at all. My life is far from perfect, but I am so much happier after having dropped out of a business degree to pursue horticulture. And ironically, it was the last thing I ever imagined I’d be doing with my life—remember me? did I ever seem like a plant-dork to you? A future criminal, train wreck, mental case perhaps but OMG I never ever thought I’d be where I am. And that’s the gift, Kelly: you arrive in this amazing place and it feels absolutely true and right and you think “what took me so long”? Just stay present, be mindful, and you’ll discover you’re exactly where you need to be.


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