In the previous post I wrote about my goals. As an amateur and as a beginner, I can easily imagine a reader that reacted on this with “are you kidding me?!?”

The Western Civilization is based on goals and plans. That’s how we live. We do things and then measure the effect. We need to know if something we did had good or bad results, thus we’re obsessed by turning the life in numbers.

Recently I had a conversation about music with one of my friends. He is very talented recording artist and I really love his music. He has a day job, which is related to music, but not to his music career. He said to me that he decided, when it comes to music, to have goals, but not to use them as a measure for success. He enjoys making and playing music and touching people with his art. He would be happy if the numbers go right, but he draws satisfaction from the effect on his music on others.

Another friend, a musician from the UK, wrote me that he has no goals at all. For him, the passion for music is the major drive and he realised that he can’t fight the urge to make music, no matter what, so, no goals, just enjoying the music he makes and plays. I’m still not sure if I agree with this approach. I can understand it from several aspects. First of all, enjoying the life is what really matters, I absolutely agree with that. We are not talking here about hedonism, than about working hard and enjoying it. Second point I can think about would be the cruelty of the music industry. Today, no matter how talented musician you are, your chance to get to the point where the music provides enough for living is close to zero. The no goals approach can make life easier, no goals, no failure, no disappointments, just good things can come out from music. Looks like a healthy choice.

Plan vs Reality

On the other hand, I would like to see my friends growing to successful, full-time musicians. I think they¬†deserve it and when I hear that there are no goals when it comes to music, my stomach turns over. I was co-founder of 2 startups in my life and I worked with a few more. The key to¬†success was always related to the capability to set goals, plan how to achieve them and work your ass off until you get there. I’m not used to live without goals.

I’ll finish with a Woody Allen quote: when you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.

What do you think, are goals needed to live a happy life?