299 – Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

299 – Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

So, you probably heard about it. But you may have asked yourself what it’s about and why you should care.

At Music Entrepreneur HQ, we have the “getting it together,” “getting it done,” and “getting it out there” tracks, and this new work covers almost everything you could possibly want to know about “getting it done,” which can contribute greatly to knocking down the dominos of “getting it together” and “getting it out there.”

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, David shares candidly about the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:00 – Consider it a miracle…
  • 01:11 – A 20-year-old that was struggling to organize his mail
  • 02:04 – In the last 14 years…
  • 02:43 – What’s the big deal about getting things done?
  • 03:06 – Questions to ask yourself
  • 04:00 – The magic of “the night before vacation” checklists
  • 05:21 – Who is David to talk about productivity?
  • 06:55 – What can you expect from the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook
  • 07:52 – Testimonials
  • 10:10 – Closing thoughts


  • Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook: The first of its kind – David’s new premium book covering productivity for artists, featuring content from Music Entrepreneur HQ, his personal blog, his many books, and even Start Your Year the Right Way, which is included in its entirety. Be fully unleashed in accomplishing your dreams and desires!


Record labels don’t want you to hear what I have to say. Even other musician coaches don’t want you to know who I am. That’s because I can wake you up, help you take your power back, and help you crush your goals without taking advantage of the traditional music industry system. I am the most suppressed and discredited musician coach out there, even though I have nothing but happy clients and results to show for my work.

Consider it a miracle that you are seeing this now or you’re listening to this now because rest assured there are forces preventing you from being able to access this information, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep this video up, so don’t click away. Now is the time to watch.

The Story of the 20-Year-Old That Struggled with Organizing His Mail

Let me share something with you. I knew a 20-year-old kid who was struggling to open his mail, pay his bills, file everything in a folder, and shut his drawer. He was absolutely convinced that there was no way that he could ever be as organized as the other people that he looked up to. And this reality made him unbelievably emotional.

Now, if you had told him that he could open his mail, create action steps, pay his bills, file everything away into the appropriate folders, and shut his drawer in 10 to 15 minutes, he would not have believed you even for a second.

Well, here’s a little secret. That 20-year-old, it was me. In the last 14 years, I’ve consistently been the guy who people ask, “How the hell do you get it all done?” But you would’ve never expected that from me 10, 20 years ago.

The Power of Going at Your Own Pace

One of the things that changed my life was reading Steve Pavlina’s article, Do It Now. When anyone asks me what the first step is in being more productive and accomplishing their goals in life is it’s reading Do It Now by Steve Pavlina. That was in 2007, and I have been on a consistent personal development routine ever since.

And you might ask yourself, well, what’s the big deal about getting things done? And why in the world would I want to be more productive?

Author Peter Drucker said:

Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.

So, managing your time is crucial to you creating the life you love through music, art, and creativity.

Important Questions to Ask Yourself

So, let me ask you a few questions:

  • Do you have a long list of things to do at the end of the day, and does that stress you out?
  • Does it seem like you never get around to the projects that matter, like making music?
  • Do you feel like there are people around you who always seem to get more done than you do? And does that make you feel worse about yourself?

Trust me when I say you’re not alone and it’s not your fault. But let me guess. You’ve tried a bunch of stuff from the past and it probably didn’t work out for you, am I right?

You’ve got to surrender your experiences and leave them in the past where they belong. We can’t move forward in our lives when we’re held down by a crushing weight of past traumas, failures, challenges, obstacles, and difficulties. And guaranteed, what I’m here to share with you is different.

Using the “Night Before Vacation” Checklist Method to Boost Your Productivity

Now, let me share a quick tip with you because you could have a breakthrough right here, right now in your personal productivity if this isn’t something you’re already doing consistently.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in my productive life was learning how to create and use to-do lists.

Back in the day, I listened to The Science of Self-Confidence by motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, and he talked about how the night before people go on vacation, they make a big checklist of things they need to do before they leave, whether that’s washing the dishes, doing the laundry, or packing their bags.

And he mentioned how even if it seems as though people didn’t really have the time to do those things, somehow miraculously they would get them done if they had a list in front of them and they tackled the items one by one.

So, my to-do lists always help keep me on track. It’s nothing crazy. I use a yellow legal pad to create my to-do lists. But I do use the yellow legal pad in a very specific way, something I reveal in the book we’re talking about today. So, there are some nuances to making this to-do list thing work that you might not currently be aware of.

What has David Andrew Wiebe Accomplished?

But you might still be wondering, like, who am I? Who is this guy to talk about productivity? Unless he’s accomplished a bunch of stuff, can you really call yourself a productivity expert, especially if your work doesn’t bear it out?

Well, we’re not here to talk about me today, but I am going to offer a little bit of an overview of some of the things that I’ve been able to accomplish:

  • I’ve published 44 songs as a solo artist. That doesn’t include projects that I’ve guessed on as a guitarist, and as far as stuff that’s not published goes, I have hundreds of songs in my archives.
  • I’m an award-winning composer.
  • I have self-published seven books, and three have become Amazon or Kobo best-sellers, or both.
  • I’ve published thousands of blog posts, hundreds of videos, and hundreds of podcast episodes.
  • I’ve interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives, professors, and musicians.

Sure, like anyone else, I’ve had the occasional flop. I am human and I still cringe at some of my older material. But by and large, I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish in the short time I’ve been on this green Earth.

And I haven’t even touched on the artwork I’ve produced or the speaking engagements that I’ve done, or the 10-plus years I’ve spent as a guitar teacher, or the 300 shows I’ve played across Western Canada.

Now I could go on, but you can be the judge of whether I am someone that you want to listen to. There are plenty of people who seem to feel I am a limitless fountain of creativity, but we’re going to get to that just a little later.

What to Expect from the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

What can you expect from this book?

  • It’s over 70,000 words and over 270 pages. Word count isn’t everything. My goal really is to help you achieve breakthroughs quickly, and as fast as you possibly can, but it’s still nice to know what to expect, isn’t it?
  • There is some brand-new content in this book, but it also features an article compilation as well as excerpts from my many books.
  • And I’m not supposed to tell you this, but it does include excerpts from yet-unpublished books like Flashes of Elation, and The Renegade Musician, both of which are mostly done. Just looking for the right time to share them with you.
  • And because I believe in over-delivering, the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook also comes with the entirety of my fourth book, Start Your Year the Right Way.


But if you’re still asking yourself, “Okay, who is this guy to tell me what I should do?”

Here are a few testimonials, things people have had to say about this book (click here to see the testimonials):

  • Jonathan Ferguson
  • Patrick Zelinski
  • Taylor McPhail

Closing Thoughts

So, wherever you happen to be watching this right now, you should be able to find a link somewhere that tells you more about the book or takes you to the order page.

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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: