Amy Mantis


Side effects

The things we often seek to have in life (happiness, recognition, money) are better off as a by-product than a goal.

My goal is to be a great musician, and I work toward it on a daily basis.  That means a lot of time spent doing not glamorous things (see my most recent Instagram post) for no immediate tangible reward.

Side effects of that could be any number of things, but the point is to focus on the "great musician" part rather than the possible results because the odds are much better of achieving whatever by-product (as Eleanor Roosevelt would say) you wish if you channel your efforts into the skill rather than the desired by-product.

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