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  1. Sue Bride
    July 15, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

    I’m so pleased that you are again following your passion for music. It’s never too late is it. I spend far too much time online for business, and leisure, but used to love craft work. I’d make all sorts of things, even as a child, but haven’t done anything for years. At least my passion passed on to my daughter who makes beautiful things. My son who was born not long before I got hooked on our first computer became a software engineer. Just shows what influence we have on our kids by our own interests.

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 17, 2016 @ 8:09 am

      Thanks Sue. Funny how none of my boys actually play or sing, but they do like music for sure.

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  2. Lesly T. Federici
    July 16, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

    This is a perfect example of not following what you love and how it gets killed when you start doing something you’re not really interested in … so glad you listened to your inner voice that guided you back and how much happier you are now … love this .. 🙂

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 17, 2016 @ 8:10 am

      Thanks Lesly. It was a learning curve and a half that’s for sure!

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  3. Deborah A. Ten Brink
    July 17, 2016 @ 3:10 am

    Wow, Barrie, it’s like night and day!

    First there was the dark period: “I carried on with the business that I had no enthusiasm for and lost it. I got into bad business with someone and ended up bankrupt! I was about as low as anyone can go without being dead!” (Now that is so sad).

    Then, changes came along and you made new choices. Then there was light: “Now I sing in 3 choirs, have singing lessons, I regularly play piano for a different choir and have so much fun. Last year I played a multi manual church organ for the first time in over 30 years and I used to play at a pretty high standard. The good thing is, the talent doesn’t go away and neither does the passion.”

    What a tribute to not giving up on what brings you joy! 😮 I couldn’t be happier for you!

    You are so right. We all know what happens when we give up, turn and walk away. Regrets. Disappointment. Even depression.

    My advice is, “why not take a chance and see what happens?” it can’t be any worse than just walking away.

    Thank you for such an inspirational post, barrie!

    Deborah

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 17, 2016 @ 8:12 am

      There was plenty of light and dark Deborah. Thank you for your comment 😀

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  4. Kathryn Maclean
    July 17, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

    Hi Barrie,
    never give up on what your passion is. it may take a long time to actually find what it is, as it did for you my friend. Also for me. life is learning. you learn what you dont like or want and then you seek ou what you do want. it is very sad that some never find what they really love in life and for them it is only an existance. living your dream is what its all about. we would like to hear you sing some time and i bet your really good too!
    kathryn

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 19, 2016 @ 9:02 am

      You can already hear me sing Kathryn. Check out Destiny on You tube. I should have some more soon.

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  5. Alicia Osmera
    July 17, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    Barrie,

    Wow! GREAT ARTICLE.

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  6. ikechi
    July 17, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

    Hi Barrie

    Many people would have held on to thier comfort zone even though it hurts them. It is great that you went back to what you loved. If there is anything, it is sad to keep doing something that you hate.

    Thanks for sharing your story as this will help show that pursuing your passions makes the difference

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 19, 2016 @ 8:56 am

      It certainly does make a difference Ikechi. Thanks

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  7. Marquita Herald
    July 19, 2016 @ 12:31 am

    What an inspiring story Barrie, and one i can relate to. i was an artist and had actually sold quite a few pieces and earned a scholarship to the art institute when i gave it up to take a job in a bank because i decided i wanted more from life. i have to say that i don’t really regret that decision though because working for the bank led me to a job in travel and many amazing adventures. like you, i’ve since found many ways to incorporate art into my life and business. life is what we make it, and there’s so much great stuff to work with! Thanks for the wonderful read. 🙂

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    • Barrie Evans
      July 19, 2016 @ 8:55 am

      Thanks Marquita. It’s important to do something you love to do. 😀

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  8. Avnish Gautam
    July 28, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    Your post never give up is really motivating and it is just like sun rays for all those who are feeling alone when they are not getting good success for which they struggled a lot but not got succeeded.

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  9. misigo
    July 29, 2016 @ 7:50 am

    if you have a dream and the passion to endue you can never go wrong make sure you stick to your dream no matter what.be able to endure the lows and ups in life

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  10. Asad
    August 16, 2016 @ 12:50 pm

    Really inspiring article. SOMETIMES i lose my way of dream and felt so LONELY and depressed. by reading your article I feel better. there is always hope. thanks for this inspiring article and for sharing your EXPERIENCE.

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    • Barrie Evans
      September 4, 2016 @ 8:34 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful. Thanks a lot Asad

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  11. Andy James
    September 16, 2016 @ 10:53 pm

    WELL SAID,
    I BELIEVE FAILURE IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT TEACHES US MANY THINGS.
    IT TEACHES US THE EXPERIENCE
    IT MAKES US AWARE OF ALL THE OBSTACLES
    IT MAKES US MORE STRONGER AND CONFIDENT.

    BUT WE ONLY LEARN THESE THINGS FROM FAILURE WHEN WE GET BACK UP AND DO IT. I AM A BODYBUILDER SO I REALLY KNOW WHAT FAILURE IS. IN BODYBUILDING YOU GROW VERY VERY SLOWLY …. BUT IF YOU DONT GIVE UP, YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

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  12. William Smith
    October 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    In this life, I have had many times take failure in work and relationships, but I told myself to never give up and now my life has become better.

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  13. Carl Martin
    October 8, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

    Hey barrie, nice post man.yes it is very important that we never Give Up On our Dreams but there is always a time comes when we loose everything there is no hope to do right thing at that we are loosing our dreams but I think FAILURE IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT TEACHES US MANY THINGS.IT TEACHES US THE EXPERIENCE and give us energy for the hard time. really awesome and inspired post thanks for sharing. 🙂

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