Tips on How to be a Rock Star (frum edition)
I was born with absolutely no musical talent whatsoever but a few months ago I experienced what it is like to have hundreds of cheering fans watch as you perform an act of greatness. I felt fantastic. I felt amazing. I felt like a Torah rock star. Here are the main tips I discovered boiled down into 4 actionable tips.
- Own your space. Pick a mitzvah and own it. I decided that I wanted to do Pidyon Petter Chamor. It took me 2 years, lots of sweat, blood and tears but I did it. It was the best event I could imagine. It was a Kidush Hashem, fun, and fulfilled a dream. It was addictive (I am planning one for next year and doing, bezras Hashem, Reishit HaGez- the first shearing of wool). Pick a space and own it. Be the tefillin guy, be the Hachnas Orchim guy, own your space.
- Pick out your band. You will need someone to play backup even if you are typically a solo artist. They are your cheering section, your support, and the ones that you can never let down so they keep you going. My wife and kids. My legacy. My community. My friends. My parents. My kehilla. My city. Get your band and level up to it. When I started Daf Yomi, I was constantly falling behind. One day, I took my 2 year old daughters crayons and scribbled the date of the next Siyum and taped it on the front door. Social pressure to succeed is a very valuable currency on my road to becoming a Torah Rock Star.
- Practice, practice, practice! Keep believing in yourself. If you lose hope in your dreams and talents, you'll never make it anywhere. Sometimes you think you lost your focus, but you should just take a rest and come back later to try again.Dream what you want to be. Imagine yourself succeeding and you will succeed.
- Measure your live in units of Kiddush Hashem. The largest fundamental shift in my life was listening to a shiur from Rav Noach Weinberg ztl about the impact of Kiddush Hashem. From that moment on, the cost-benefit analysis of any endeavor in my life has to measured, estimated, and calculated in UKH (Units of Kiddush Hashem). Start living with this and you will be a Torah Rock Star.