Monday, August 3, 2015


Yiannis was born in a poor family in Greece. At the age of 14, he broke the national record for the 50 meter freestyle swim. He did not have a coach but he beat swimmers that had coaches and trained for many days. He listed the reason: ‘I believed that anything was possible, or at least because I didn't put together everyone else's 'facts' and believe that winning was impossible.’
 At 18 years, Yiannis arrived in USA and worked part time as a dishwasher. In university, he struggled as he was unfamiliar with English. He wrote, ‘I'd never been so frustrated, but as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I studied with the book, a notebook, and a Greek/English dictionary’. Yiannis persevered to graduate in psychology.
But he then his passion for music took over. While he had his ups and downs, worked with different bands, he had a desire to create his own music. But it was a music that was unlike others. He faced many challenges but was able to move ahead due to his steadfast determination. We know him now as the amazing pianist, composer and music producer, Yanni!
Yanni puts it all on the line: ‘We are all capable if we have faith and passion.’ He showed how a person born in challenging circumstances can overcome obstacles by empowering his faith and passion. So often, so many of us await the acquisition of capability. We find our capability when we passionately belief in making possible all dreams.
Never let other peoples’ facts to overwhelm you
Capability forms when passion meets belief true!

- Pravin K. Sabnis
Goa, India.

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