Most of his music is iconic; Mac the Knife & Beyond the Sea, just to name a few. Here's the thing about Mr. Darin: he really didn't have the smooth, suave voice of Dean Martin; the rich, baritone of Bing Crosby; or the bold, dramatic voice of Frank Sinatra.
I would even wager to say, listening to his voice now, he may not have even had a record or music present day. He also had physical ailments that could have set him back. As a child he suffered from rheumatic fever and developed a heart condition that eventually would take his life before he was 40. Despite all of this, he won 4 Grammy's (2 during his life & 2 posthumously) and he was the only actor/singer to ever be contracted with 5 different Hollywood film studios. Bobby Darin had something that made him exceptional, something that brought him further in his career, talent, life that if he didn't have it, he might not have ever accomplished what he did.
Some call it passion. Some may even call it drive or desire.
Could we even possibly call it, "Just Showing Up"....?
In his book, "The War of Art" Steven Pressfield impresses this upon his readers:
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
How about if pursuing your passion or calling doesn't even mean you need to be the best at it? Or that you need the schooling, the right timing, or even the perfect past? What if pursuing your craft means that every day you simply show up, put in 1000 percent of what you can that day, then start all over again the next? Don't worry if its not the greatest. Don't even worry if its not your best. Those fears that you have that you may not be good enough? Or possibly may not even be talented enough to be effective? Here's what Steven Pressfield continues on to say,
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
Someone once told me that the things that scare us the most to pursue or to go after.....those are the EXACT things that we SHOULD be doing.
Don't let anything hold you back; things people say to you or bring you down. Don't let anything stop you from what you are passionate about. Let it drive you to be stronger, more compelling, wittier even. Let the distractions push you further into your passion. Let that very thing that could or has bring you down-- drive you to that goal that you want. Let it bring you to that place of fulfillment in your life where you know you are suppose to be. Where you need to be.
Just do. Just work. Just try.
and every day
just show up.