Finally, the most you can hope for is that you bring as much of yourself to the work you do every day as humanly possible, that the thing you most enjoy making is the thing that makes you money, and that you’re in an environment where you can make that thing as good as it can possibly be. That last one may sound cliché, but it takes chops, courage, tenacity and support to deliver a creative vision without compromises.
That’s why the new Sonos Store at 101 Greene Street in New York is so special for me. We didn’t ask each other to settle or sell-out. We took the creativity and vision of a few, combined it with the determination and hard work of many, and we’ve ended up with the very best home for music we could make.
Ultimately there’s only one thing that’s worth selling out for: it’s the balance between earning a living and living a fulfilled live.
What makes that balance changes over time for each of us in ways impossible to predict. When I first heard Paid In Full, I never imagined someday going to work, finding that balance, and seeing Rakim there. I’m going to do that tomorrow, and I’m still going to be thinking of a master plan every step of the way…
“But now I learned to earn cause I’m righteous
I feel great so maybe I might
Just search for a 9 to 5
If I strive then maybe I’ll stay alive
So I walk up the street, whistling this
Feeling out of place cause, man, do I miss
A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape of
Me and Eric B and a nice big plate of
This, which is my favorite dish
But without no money it’s still a wish
Cause I don’t like to dream
About getting paid
So I dig into the books of the
Rhymes that I made
So now’s a test to see if I got pull
Hit the studio, cause I’m paid in full”