It’s been too long! How’ve you been?
It’s about time for an update, isn’t it?
Well, you’ll be glad to know, that in this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, David finally catches us up with the events of the last month as well as what has been happening with the podcast.
- 00:17 – It’s time for a state of affairs update
- 00:36 – The end?
- 03:09 – The insanity that has been the last few weeks
- 12:49 – Having grace for yourself
- 14:54 – Finishing things
- 16:48 – Switching things up
- 18:09 – Things change
- 19:27 – What changes are coming with Music Entrepreneur HQ?
- 21:15 – Learning from your mistakes
- 24:18 – Identity and perception
- 25:24 – Moving forward
- 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 musical dreams and desires!
David begins this episode by acknowledging that he has been absent from podcasting since August and briefly shares his intention to wind down his involvement with the podcast as well as Music Entrepreneur HQ.
His world was turned upside down
Everything in David’s world was quite hunky-dory until about four weeks ago.
On September 14, he began the long journey back to Calgary to play a gig with Adrenalize. Things were fine until the day of the gig on September 16, when David noticed eye floaters that weren’t there before (not to worry, though, the eye floaters have been improving).
He suspects this may have been due to altitude sensitivity – Calgary is about 1,000 meters higher than Vancouver, although it could have also had something to do with bumping his head at the Airbnb he was staying at.
Shortly after returning from Calgary, David was given a two-week notice by his landlord. He knew that he would eventually need to leave either way, but this news, he says, could have been delivered a little more tactfully. That weekend, he also suffered a migraine (he’s unsure whether it’s related).
David’s plans to organize an event for January were also moving along quite smoothly until the preceding began unfolding. One of his team leaders temporarily went AWOL, the featured artists he wanted to book didn’t want any part of it, and a $5,000 cheque nearly got lost in the mail.
David assures us, however, that things are starting to get back on track.
Seeing the bigger picture
Another reason there hasn’t been a lot of movement with the podcast is that David is starting to see the bigger picture of what projects are worth putting his time into, as well as the importance of managing his personal well-being.
This, first and foremost, has meant prioritizing projects. David has found a lot of value in focusing on no more than one or two major to-do items per day. And he asks the question:
If I can spend an hour working on my next book, or I can spend an hour working on the next podcast episode, why wouldn’t I prioritize the Big Domino, which in this case, would be the book?
He references the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook, his eighth book, which is well underway, though not ready to be delivered in full (you can still pre-order a physical copy of the book).
Either way, Gary Keller’s The One Thing has been changing the way he looks at projects, and David has been noticing how easy it is to get drawn into the busyness of activity without finishing the things that are bound to make the greatest difference.
Speaking of finishing things, that has also become one of David’s greater focuses.
David recently took some time to identify the subscriptions he no longer needed and culled unnecessary expenses. This, he said, freed up a lot of psychic energy.
If you want to take a deeper dive into this, also see one of David’s latest articles on productivity:
As a result, he’s been reflecting on how loose ends tend to rob us of joy in the moment. Instead of starting new things, David is now vowing to refer to his “to be done” list so he can be present for everything he’s promised that has yet to be completed.
Additionally, David has been experimenting with his weekly schedule, opting to rest on Fridays because his Monday through Thursday has been positively jacked up.
He says there is tremendous value in experimenting with different schedules to find the sweet spot. Further, he suggests that it’s critical to adapt as things change in your life.
If you aren’t already planning your weeks, however, you must start there. There is nothing to experiment with if you’re flying by the seat of your pants!
David says there has been incredible value in reflecting on both his failures and successes. Writing off Music Entrepreneur HQ as a “failed content business” has felt very freeing to him. He only wishes he could have realized this sooner.
This likely isn’t the end of podcasting for David, who has already hinted at the launch of a new show. In fact, he has already recorded dozens of audios on the fly.
David is also still passionate about music, music education, and musician coaching, something he intends to continue, primarily at Content Marketing Musician.
(And rumor has it this isn’t really the end of Music Entrepreneur HQ, either. David has been quietly developing a plan to raise it from the ashes. Thank God.)
Nevertheless, we do recommend checking Content Marketing Musician for the latest courses and programs designed to help you create the life you love through music.
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