299 – Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

by | Jun 30, 2023 | Podcast

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.

Thanks for watching. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe. Do all the things. I’ll see you again soon.

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