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FTUIY Episode #25: Kevin Jeffries-Phan

Written By: Dr. Jaime G Raygoza

In a fascinating Finding the Unicorn in You podcast interview, Kevin Jeffries-Phan shares his inspirational journey as a pianist and organist. Facing immense obstacles, Kevin persevered with passion and courage to forge a musical career.


Discovering His Musical Passion


Kevin was drawn to the piano from a young age but didn't have access to formal training. He started on violin and voice, eventually finding his calling with the piano in college. Though told the odds were against him, Kevin took a leap of faith, committing to fully pursue his dreams. He emphasizes focusing on your inner purpose, not external doubts.


Overcoming Adversity with Grit


From eczema and bullying to an unsupportive family, Kevin weathered numerous hardships. He stresses finding a support system and practitioners who have your back. Kevin shares his lifelong struggle with eczema, urging self-acceptance and unashamed authenticity. His grit and work ethic were instrumental in building his musical career.


Succeeding through Flexibility and Risks


Kevin succeeded by taking chances, being flexible, and adapting. He reinvented himself, pivoting from volunteering to teaching to performing. Kevin recommends focusing on your passions and making sacrifices accordingly. He exemplifies the unicorn spirit of resilience. Though the path wasn’t linear, Kevin boldly embraced unexpected opportunities.


Inspiring the Next Generation


Like the mentors who invested in him, Kevin pays it forward. He shares wisdom so others can bypass his hurdles. Kevin finds fulfillment in creating music that moves people. He urges bravery in taking career risks early on to grow. By inspiring students, Kevin helps ensure a more equitable musical landscape.


Unicorn Lesson


Kevin’s journey reveals we must turn challenges into fuel for growth. Let no obstacle deter you from your calling. Embrace reinvention, focus on your unique gifts, and believe in your ability to contribute. Vulnerability and authenticity forge connections.


Conclusion:


Kevin shows the transformative power of music. To hear Kevin’s full inspirational story, check out his episode of Finding the Unicorn in You!


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