291 – This is Why You Fail in Music: You Don’t Take Responsibility

by | Apr 21, 2023 | Podcast

There are many things that can stop you on your path to creating the life you love through music. But most things that will stop you fall under one major category – mindset. Mindset isn’t just how you think. It’s how you show up and how you deal with challenges, events, and circumstances as they arise.

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, David shares the importance of taking full responsibility and how it will transform your music career from the roll of the dice to counting cards.

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Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:17 – Something that comes up time and again in The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide
  • 00:51 – The magic to taking full responsibility for your music career
  • 01:53 – Think in terms of actions you took what you could have done better
  • 02:05 – Closing thoughts


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Hey, it’s David Andrew Wiebe. You know, something that comes up time and again in the early chapters of The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide is this whole idea of taking full responsibility for yourself and your music career, and that should tell you how important it is.

I’m not being repetitive to be repetitive. We all know the importance of repetition as musicians, right? If you want to get really good at something, whether it’s playing the guitar or singing or writing songs, repetition helps reinforce the skills that we need to learn to become better at our craft.

So, even though there’s really nothing woo-woo about this, there is a certain magic to taking full responsibility. Your life transforms the moment that you take responsibility for everything that’s ever happened in your life, and you stop blaming other people, other events, and other things for the way things turned out. It’s about taking full ownership. You might remember that from an earlier episode.

Again, this is not a harsh truth, but I don’t know how artists hope or expect to be able to get anywhere in their careers without first taking full responsibility for who they are, what they’ve done, what they haven’t done, outcomes produced, results produced, or otherwise.

Oftentimes we think it’s up to something else, someone else, some other factor. It rained that day. I wasn’t feeling good. I was tired, and it’s none of those things.

So, instead of doing lengthy post-mortems, thinking about what went wrong in that gig and why it was so-and-so’s fault, why the weather could have been better that day, and why was the hockey game on? Let’s start thinking in terms of “What did we do to prepare for this show? How did we promote it? What were the specific things we could have done better?” That’s a much more productive use of your time.

Closing Segment

So, if you enjoyed this episode, what you just heard was an insight from The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide. You can get the book for free at davidandrewwiebe.com/FreeBook.

This has been episode 291 of The New Music Industry Podcast. I’m David Andrew Wiebe, and I look forward to seeing you on the stages of the world.