Cody's father, James Charles Carson, was very ill with cancer. Cody flew back home immediately to Florida, only to find he was already gone. His father happened to leave a note on the fridge of their family house. It read, " There's no shortcuts to success." Cody was already familiar with this note. His father used to keep one just like it to encourage Cody to keep practicing for his school band. Cody now lives by this phrase, and plans to tattoo it in honor of his father.