Coming to Terms with Success


At some point in our lives most of us have pondered what makes us successful. Some people consider lavish lifestyles, big paychecks, large families, and/or important careers successful. However, if you want to be good at something you have to come to terms with a few things:

1: You can’t ever be “good enough”. The second you think you are, is the moment you stop getting better.

2: You have to practice…all the time.

3: Failure is good. If you aren’t having a good deal of it from time to time, something is up.

4: Don’t compare your success to someone else’s. Success is personal. Now…compare your craft to someone else’s all day long and improve when you see someone doing better!

5: Don’t try to rush getting better. If you are really worried about being good at something, I hate to break it to you but, you’ll never be satisfied with your art/craft/etc.

6: Good luck! A lot of your success, opportunities, etc. will be determined by it! Just remember #3 and #4 above and you’ll be good!


Tyler Arcari draws on his experience as a middle and high school director to craft music that is both sophisticated and geared towards student performance. His music is fun, fresh, and dynamic! He is currently the Instrumental Music Editor for Excelcia Music Publishing. Tyler has also taught at both the middle school and high school levels. As a high school director, Mr. Arcari’s bands consistently received superior ratings at contests and festivals. As a commissioned composer, Tyler writes marching band shows and original works for various types of ensembles. His music is featured on multiple state lists as well as Bandworld Magazine’s Top 100.