I Was Featured on the Self Discovery Wisdom Podcast

I Was Featured on the Self Discovery Wisdom Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the vivacious Sara Troy (she makes me sound smarter than I am). Please support her. She does amazing work! In this episode of the Self-Discovery Wisdom Podcast, you will discover:

  • The moments that inspired me to get into music
  • My early influences, including the Carpenters, Chicago, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and 80s glam metal
  • Why passion (and suffering) is part and parcel of the artistic life
  • What I learned from my friend and collaborator Patrick Zelinski
  • Why I got into the music business and my desire to help artists
  • How I ended up investing in a music business startup and what happened to it
  • How networking benefited my career BIG TIME
  • Why and how to plant seeds on social media to grow your artistic career
  • How to navigate hardships and disappointment
  • What being a musician coach means to me
  • Why SMART goals aren’t that smart
  • When to press into fear and when to stick to your guns
  • When and when not to explore new musical genres
  • Why even if you do manage to land a record contract, you’re not guaranteed success
  • What successful artists have in common
  • How being pragmatic has served me throughout my career
Transform Your Relationship to Money

Transform Your Relationship to Money

Our relationship with money is a byproduct of our association, especially with our parents and siblings.

There are two assumptions that can end up harming our chances of ever having a productive relationship with money:

  • Whatever we were taught about money – our inherited beliefs – are correct.
  • Questioning what we were taught is a moral and ethical dilemma.

Unless your parents are or were a five percenter, these beliefs will only hold you back.

Understand – out of 100 people, only four will be financially independent, and only one will be wealthy. This is a measurable fact.

Transforming your relationship with money begins with understanding that money moves for its own reasons. It doesn’t respond to desperation and begging. Ever notice how your friends who are hard up for money always seem to be hard up for money? Instead of creating a long-term financial strategy, they’re always scrambling at the last minute just to feed themselves. Is that what you want out of life?

Transforming your relationship to money will lead to very different results.

Read Dan Kennedy’s No B.S. Wealth Attraction In The New Economy. This is essential reading.

Send “Thank-You” Notes

Send “Thank-You” Notes

Show gratitude for every opportunity that comes your way, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

One of the most powerful phrases in the English language is “Thank you.”

You don’t need to take my word for it. Study Ho’oponopono, which is a beautiful traditional Hawaiian practice centered on reconciliation and forgiveness.

In this practice, four simple phrases were identified as being the most healing:

  • I love you
  • I’m sorry
  • Please forgive me
  • Thank you

Get in the habit of saying these phrases more often – to yourself and to others.

More to the point, send “thank-you” notes to your mentors, event organizers, collaborators, and whoever connects you with new opportunities.

Giving and sending “thank-you” notes is good manners. It helps you focus on the positive in life. And while this is not the goal – it can also help you be remembered, which can lead to more opportunities in your music career.

Get on the Positive Upward Exponential Curve

Get on the Positive Upward Exponential Curve

Nothing is accomplished in a day.

We don’t go to the gym one day and expect to have six-pack abs tomorrow.

Yet, as artists, we still underestimate the value of consistency in achieving our goals.

Successful people track everything they do. So, they’re not deluded about the time, energy, or money they’ve put into anything. They know their numbers through and through. Because they understand one thing – consistency.

And in any area of life, you’re either on a positive upward exponential curve or a negative downward exponential curve. How do you know which you’re on? By looking at your journal, charts, or graphs… whatever you use to keep track of your activity, which plays right into consistency because tracking itself is an action requiring consistency.

That’s the long answer. The short answer is you’re on a negative downward exponential curve by default if you’re not in action.

There are two books you need to read to tattoo this on your mind:

Cure the Failure Disease

Cure the Failure Disease

Have you ever thought of yourself as too young, too old, too smart, too dumb, too tall, too short, too big, too small, too experienced, too inexperienced, too sick, too tired…?

Every artist has some version of this going on, even the most successful people you know.

Many artists disqualify themselves from the success they desire for reasons they think are very sound but are usually anything but.

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The only difference between you and your more successful counterpart is they have developed self-awareness to know when they’re pulling back when they should be pushing ahead.

If you’re making excuses for yourself in any capacity, you need to look at why that is. Is it habit? Did you learn it from someone? What has you looking for an “out” when you should be “in?”

I’m not kidding – do the inner work. Journal. Think. Reflect. Ask questions. Converse with a trusted friend or mentor. Notice where your excuses are coming from. They are coming from somewhere. Be willing to dig deep to identify the reasons, whether it’s learned behavior or trauma. And once you know the source, notice it whenever it comes up, so you aren’t stuck in repeating habitual behaviors. Empower yourself with the ability to take new actions where you would normally back out.

Read David J. Schwartz’ The Magic of Thinking Big in full and cure the failure disease – Excusitis.