Better question, what did your parents want you to be?
A doctor? A lawyer?
Did they ever say, “I want you to play guitar and sing rock-n-roll?”
Jimmy Buffett’s parents wanted him to be a priest, or to have a military career.
Jimmy had other plans.
While in college, he learned to play guitar. And the rest is history.
But Jimmy Buffett is not just playing guitar in a band. He has transformed his self-confessed mediocre musical abilities into a multi-million dollar industry.
Look at his entry at Wikipedia. It lists him as “Singer/songwriter, author, restaurant and bar owner, minor league baseball team owner.”
Not bad for a hard-drinking, pot-smoking kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Referencing the above photo, in 2009 National Lampoon ranked Jimmy Buffett at #52 among the "90 Greatest Mustaches of All Time".
Wikipedia did not cover it all either. It left out husband, father of three, surfer, boat captain, pilot, actor, producer, recording studio owner, and the overseer of a line of merchandise that ranges from “Margaritaville” souvenirs to tequila and beer to chips and dip to footwear. He is soon to open the first Margaritaville casino and hotel.
And he still manages to tour 20-30 dates per year.
In fact, he personally clears more than $100 million per year.
The moral to the story, children, is this:
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
- Henry David Thoreau