I joined a couple of network marketing companies in 2011. My life was kind of dominated by network marketing at the time, to tell you the truth.

And in one of the training organizations, they had what’s called the “10 Core Steps.”

The idea was that if you wanted to remain active in the business and get results, you were to follow these 10 Core Steps.

Now, this methodology has received its share of backlash, and understandably so. Google it, and you will see Reddit fiends venting their disdain.

I’m not here to spell out what the 10 Core Steps are. Nor am I here to advocate them. They are the intellectual property of the training organization in question, and it’s fair to say it’s more applicable to people in their organization than to anyone outside of it.

What I want to share is that there were some worthwhile discoveries for me in network marketing. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today if I hadn’t seen what was available in network marketing. I just had to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In due course, I was left with a few core habits that support my intellectual and career development. I talked a little bit about these in The New Music Industry as well.

The four habits are as follows:

  • Read for at least 15 minutes per day. Whether it’s my blog, an article I wrote, or one of my books is up to you. I’m kidding, of course. The trick is to find great books around topics you’re looking to learn right now – creativity, sales, marketing, and so on.
  • Listen to audios for 30 minutes per day. There are plenty of podcasts, audio courses, audio programs, and other sources worth considering. As with reading, find audios that cover areas of your career you’re looking to improve.
  • Make one new connection daily. Find a venue. Reach out to a reviewer. Leave a comment on a blog post. Everyone can do this!
  • Talk to your coach. Okay, so unless you’re paying the big buck for a coach, they probably won’t want to hear from you every day! If you don’t already have a coach, get one, and set up calls at regular intervals for the greatest benefit.

Now, can you adjust these habits depending on what you’re looking to accomplish in your music career? Absolutely.

But the number one thing you can learn from the above is the importance of consistency. You may not be able to become an expert in anything in just 45 minutes per day. You may not have major breakthroughs in building out your rolodex commenting on one blog post per day. It may take some time to come up with a workable career strategy with your coach. In due time, though? The flywheel will gain momentum.

I covered some of these ideas in episode 39 of The New Music Industry Podcast as well.

So, don’t worry about reinventing the wheel. Start with the above, get consistent, and you will see results!

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