Tommy Emmanuel : guitar world interview discusses Influences

GUITAR WORLD: It seems you've gone from a being relative unknown to one of the most respected guitarists in the world. To what do you attribute your success 
I think there are many people ahead of the line in front of me as far as respect, notoriety and success goes. However, I'm very grateful and very happy with where I am in my life and career. The thing I love about traveling and playing concerts is the life experiences I have every day. People are inspiring to me and they really energize me and remind me that my mission in life is to play for the people and not get sidetracked by worries or pressures. I don't have a formula for success, but the formula for failure is trying to please everybody.
What advice do you offer people who approach you after your clinics and concerts looking for help with their playing and music careers? 
The most commonly asked question is, "How does my son or daughter get started doing what you're doing?" I think it's so important to have good music to play. You don't want to waste time and energy on songs that don't mean anything. You need to find songs that are strong in every way. Good melody, good structure, good feeling and memorable.