When I was eight years old, I was trying to master Super Mario Brothers. At the same age, drummer Yoyoka Soma, of the rock band Kaneaiyoyoka, has mastered matching one of most legendary drummers in history: Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. It's why this amazing short video of her playing the classic "Good Times, Bad Times" has gone viral.
Believe it or not, there are some strong lessons we all can learn from the impressive drumming prodigy.
Enjoy the process
If you're doing something new and worthwhile, then, by its very nature, you're going to have difficult moments. It goes back to Whitney Johnson's S-Curve/learning curve idea, where things begin harsh and, like a hockey stick, suddenly become much easier. The tough part is you don't know when things will get easier.
This eight-year old drums better than most adults, which required hours, days, months and even years of practice. Can you imagine how tough it was for her to excel? I have two toddlers and know how hard it can be to teach and cultivate patience in kids. And yet, in the video, she is absolutely loving playing along with Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones.
Here's Soma talking about her process:
At age 2, I was playing the drums as if I were playing with toys. At age 4, I started performing at concerts. At age 5, my family band "Kaneaiyoyoka" was formed by my parents. We have released 2 self-produced CD albums so far.
Here's the secret: You don't get joy from mastering something, but from enjoying the process to mastery. Otherwise, she would have been too frustrated to make it to this point and, if she was lucky enough to do so, she certainty would not have the joy shown here. Which is kind of the point.
Learn from others' greatness
When we are young, it is easy to assume that your parents - and everyone above, well, your age - are fools. Why? The challenges to your generation are unique, your perspective is fresh and your predecessors are too narrow minded. We then ended up spending years, if not decades trying to recreate the wheel.
The drummer takes on the very first song from one of the most legendary rock bands of all time. What's wonderful is that she embraces their genius: It's not a remix, or a reinvention. She could have easily and stubbornly stuck to creating an original tune.
Ironically, by paying homage to Led Zeppelin, long-time fans like myself are now digging into Kaneaiyoyoka's catalog of songs.
Whenever you find yourself feeling impatient with your journey, unsure about moving forward and jealous of your predecessors, take in this video and remember that the wisdom you need, if available to an eight-year old, is available to you, too.