I once had a game-changing conversation with a friend. He was a musician and had been for decades. He played guitar and sang and wrote beautifully poignant songs. He owned a recording studio and spent significant time mentoring other musicians. If you asked people to describe him, the fact that he was a musician would make the list almost every time.
Our conversation was about goals and dreams and how we move forward in our life. At one point my friend said, “I think I need to stop calling myself a songwriter.” This off-the-cuff statement drew dead silence from everyone around the table. How could this person, for whom music was so essential, say something like that? He continued, “I’m still working with musicians, and I still play, but it’s been more than two years since I wrote a song.”
Then came the bombshell: “At some point, if you’re going to call yourself something, you really ought to be doing that thing, right?”