Those of you who know me well know that I have roots in the Caribbean. My mother was born in Jamaica so I spent a lot of time there over the years. I grew up on the tunes of Harry Belafonte and, of course, Bob Marley. But my curiosity always led me back to Jimmy Buffet.
My family were frequent visitors to the Margaritaville Bar on the strip in Montego Bay.
The atmosphere was always enhanced by Jimmy’s tunes playing in the background. The air was engulfed in the aromas of “Cheeseburgers in Paradise”. Jimmy’s burgers were the BEST burgers EVER! And the nachos… oh, the nachos! YES!
There was just nothing better than swinging in one of his Sky Chairs over the sea below with a cold 32 oz Rum Punch in hand. And yes, I am still a legend because in 1988 I drank the whole damn thing more than once! But I’ll save that story for another day. I’m told that being carried out of the bar while still wearing a snorkel and fins isn’t a good look. Thanks always to my brother for taking good care of me!
What did I love about Jimmy Buffet? He never compromised his vision for himself.
Jimmy started out as a country singer with mediocre success. He moved to Key West Florida in 1972. He was busking on the streets just to make ends meet. Early in 1973, singer-songwriter Jim Croce was killed in a tragic plane crash. Croce’s producer sought out Jimmy to take his place. But by that time, Jimmy’s music was already morphing into a new wave of music that he called “Tropical Rock”.
Jimmy was a writer at heart. He was born December 25th, 1946 making him a 12/3 life path number. So, let’s break that down:
- His sub-lesson of 1 says he needed to develop confidence in his creative potential. He needed to discover what made him unique. His music had to be authentic and original. He knew he needed to carve out a niche for himself. I think we can all agree he mastered his niche. He knew that becoming Jim Croce’s replacement would never allow him to do that.
- His sub-lesson of 2 says he needed to develop patience. His chart is full of 7 energy that says he required a lot of time by himself. But if he was going to be successful as an original artist, he had to learn how to play nice in the sandbox. He needed to collaborate with other successful bands like the Eagles. Who by the way played at his wedding. What?!!
- The end result is, of course, the life path number 3. The 3 is here to express themselves through various art forms. In Jimmy’s case, this included singing, writing lyrics and publishing 3 hugely successful novels. Not to mention creating massively successful social experiences in his restaurants.
What’s impressive here is that the 12/3 often lacks confidence and suffers from feelings of inadequacy. They can get too consumed with what others think of them. Rather than express themselves, they retreat into lives of solitude. I for one am glad Jimmy summoned up enough courage to just do him! See that’s the key to success!! To be unapologetically true to yourself!
When we reject who we are by resisting the lessons we have chosen to learn, we stay safe.
We don’t challenge ourselves. We don’t grow. We don’t take risks. We live in a shadow of who we agreed to come to be.
Jimmy rose above his lessons. He took risks. He created a Parrot Head movement and billionaire status. The money he earned allowed him to not only support himself and his family but also those that worked for him. He was able to support the environmental causes that he was passionate about like “Save the Manatees”. He was able to provide much-needed relief during hurricane disasters. All because he had the courage to just do him… unapologetically HIS way. He didn’t conform. He stuck true to who he was. He claimed his unusual, creative authentic self.
Do you know what your gifts are?
Do you know which lessons you have chosen to learn? Do you know what makes you stand out to be original and unique? Do you know what it will take for you to experience unprecedented success so you can live a life beyond your dreams?
How would your life be different if you really had the answers to these questions? It’s never too late to just do you. Thankfully you have a road map that will guide you towards your own secret sauce to success. If you are struggling to find your purpose, it’s time to explore your Numerology blueprint.