“There is never enough horsepower… just not enough traction.” Carroll Shelby

In our lifetime, we move forward by actually doing things. By making. By creating.
You can have the biggest dreams in the world and tell everyone how great you are at something, but if you’re not doing anything about it, you’re just spinning your wheels with a 1000HP engine roaring inside.

We live in a culture where everything is becoming easier. Hard work is rare. People feel entitled, because they know that on the inside they are a good songwriter, a good singer, a good photographer, a good guitar player, a good parent, a good friend… You may think you have a 1000HP engine in you, but are you really going anywhere?

This morning I read one of those inspirational quotes that said “In imagination, there’s no limitation.” Well I guess that makes me feel wonderful and all warm inside. Maybe I should have just found a park bench somewhere and imagined writing this post all day! Good grief. I’m calling bullshit on all the sunshine and butterflies.

Don’t get me wrong, having inspiration and imagination is great. Finding motivation is key. But at the end of the day if all you’ve done is Pin a bunch of shit on Pinterest, Retweeted a few @motivatquotes on Twitter, and bitched to a bunch of people that you’re not being heard, then I’m here to tell you that you are doing it wrong.

You can have all the talent in the God given world, but if you can’t figure out how to put that power to the ground and do something with it, then you are just wasting away. You’re spinning your wheels and making a bunch of noise.

There is a resurgence of talent happening in this scene right now. From fans to venue owners to the business… people are taking note of newer bands for the first time in a long time. Bands/Musicians are finding their traction and slingshotting into popularity because what they have is real and they’ve put in the work for people to start noticing.

The time is now! Quit complaining about not being heard, find some traction, do some work, and show us all what you have. This resurgence is all about truth and proving who you are. So lets see it… Prove it.

Ryan "Tank" Hargrave

I'm a husband, father, traveler, a Light in the dark, lover of photography/film and I believe that good music can change your life.

3 thoughts on “Traction

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