The year 2013 for me was a very developmental year for me as a man, a husband, a minister, a musician, an artists and even as a businessman.
As a man… I’ve experienced some growth in some areas that were tremendously weak and underdeveloped for me. I’ve come to understand that the more successful and/or accomplished you become in your career and/or ministry, the more you open yourself up to being judged or even hated on. That can be difficult to deal with cause you try to be a person who gets along with everyone you come across with. Unfortunately, we do not live in a world where most people are happy for you when you’re blessed with success or an accomplishment. We’re living in times where many are struggling and/or going through difficult times and seeing someone else prospering can be difficult to accept and celebrated. So, I’ve learned to deal with embracing the journey of success alone and dealing with the constant discomfort of people not liking you based on what you have and or what you’ve accomplished.
As a husband... this year has been truly a learning experience for me. My wife means the world to me and to witness her give birth to our first child gave me a profound respect and love for her even the more. Now, we’ve had our share of challenges, but the fact that we can laugh, live, love, and even struggle together has given me more incentive to be the best husband (and now father) I can possible be.
As a minister… time and time throughout this year I’ve had to encourage so many people going through tough times and losses. Many times I felt I didn’t have the right words or attitude to share to others, but one thing I realized that being a minister requires having a “servant’s heart.” Meaning, that it’s more than just a title, but a function and calling. So throughout this year, even when I didn’t feel like it… I’ve learned to pray and encourage people despite of what I may be feeling inside, because I was called and entrusted by God to serve and love people. When I realized my purpose and call, I rarely complain when I have to go above and beyond my comfort zone to help someone else. Now.. I’m not perfect, but I strive to do better and pray that this new year will allow me to take my service to another level.
As a musician… I’ve taken for granted that for over 20years I’ve been a professional musician which has allowed me to live in a couple of cities in the east coast and work with many world-renown artists and musicians. I didn’t realize that I’ve acquired so much wisdom through all the ups and downs I’ve encountered and survived. Now I realize that I have to find a healthier way to share this wisdom. In this new year, I pray I’ll be able to mentor and encourage young and aspiring musicians to apply the ethics and discipline I used throughout the year that has led me to where I am today.
As an artist… I realized that this music industry is ever-changing and evolving. One must learn how to adjust to the times and remain relevant and still not compromise what your core beliefs are as an artist. In 2013, I learned from so many other indie artist that it is important to build a team around you and allow them to help you reach and maintain your audience. My new goal is to connect with people and situations that will help move my brand to a whole new level and market.
As a businessman… Lord have mercy! Starting a small business in this economy is literally a truly difficult task. I started FamousAmos Music, LLC in 2008 and wanted to follow my dreams. Well, I’ve learned that in business you must learn to accept failure. In this new year, I pray I can be able to take those failure and turn them around into successes. I’m looking to redevelop my vision and establish a new plan to follow through. Although some of these failures were disappointing and somewhat hurtful, I believe that they made me stronger and has given me a stronger determination to move forward and not give up.
This year 2014 will be a very strong year for me and my family. I do realize that I have some mountains to climb, and some valleys to travel through. One thing I know for sure that I will make it to my destination, and that destination is SUCESS and FULFILLMENT!