In searching for some inspiriation one day, I watched 'The Last Lecture' by Randy Pausch. Randy was a professor at CMU, and after being told he had just months to live due to pancreatic cancer, gave an inspirational 'Last Lecture' entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". In it, he talks of hitting brick walls:
“Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”
This really stood out to me. Brick walls are abundant in life and music. Every musician knows the frustration associated with hitting a brick wall in the practice room. After hearing Randy Pausch talk, I now approach these situations with a new mindset: Hitting a brick wall is an achievement - its the sign of reaching the next level. When I hit one, I become inspired to find my way through it, knowing that I am growing as a result.