Learning an instrument can be frustrating. Writing music can be disheartening when you hit a wall and you don’t feel inspired. Having a bad experience on stage can be dissatisfying and negative feedback is often discouraging. And when you’re feeling down, you may think about quitting. Giving up. Doing something else.

But you shouldn’t quit.

As ideal as it might be to avoid the above experiences, they’re inevitable. They happen and there’s nothing you can do. It sucks. It’s no fun, but it’s part of the process.

Without those roadblocks, you won’t get better. You won’t find the inspiration to improve, the little push you need to keep moving, to keep growing, to keep getting better.

So don’t give up.

Use that frustration, that fury, that embarrassment to excel. Learn from your mistakes, push through it. It’s possible and you can do it. And if you keep pushing, keep moving, you’ll get past it.

You may fail. You will make mistakes, but it’s all a part of the process. It’s all fuel to feed into your skill and experience as a performer or composer.

So keep going. Persevere. Commit to doing things you may be uncomfortable with or bad at so that you can learn from them and be better for it down the road.

Don’t quit.

If you’ve ever come close to giving up, share your story in the comments below. We’d love to hear about how you overcame your doubts or frustration and what you’re doing now!

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.