Your personal gig | Juwon Ogungbe

In my much younger days, I once met a fellow musician of a similar age and background at a gig. After exchanging initial pleasantries, we started talking shop (as you do…)

He wanted to know who I had worked with. I told him. He suggested that I might want to work for one of the more established band leaders of the era, to serve the equivalent of an apprenticeship (as he was doing at the time). I explained to him that there was no one on the scene doing what I aimed to do. He accused me of being arrogant and we ended our conversation abruptly.

Reflecting about choices I made in those days, I know I was doing the right thing for me. Achievement, success and other similar goals are personal. Each individual can only feel fulfilled as a result of listening to one’s inner voice.

It is possibly that the fellow musician got his kicks out of being a side man. I knew myself well enough to sense that I wouldn’t be temperamentally suited to that type of role.

If you decide to follow your instincts and intuition on your life’s journey, why not commit to doing so wholeheartedly?

Originally published at on May 20, 2020.