My thesis and candid philosophy for success in life - be it on the professional or the personal plane is:
A creative mind combined with a childish interest and the pursuit of figuring out everything you don't understand - accompanied by the passion for the subject - makes your journey enjoyable - and rewarding.
My father George (1914-1994) was a very well known composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist here in Finland. He warned both me and my brother not to pursue his profession as a professional musician. My brother didn't take him seriously, but I did.
I was born in May 1958 in Helsinki, Finland. My creativity took other routes - via the electronics profession. I guess I can categorize myself as an electronics composer.
To be continued...