My Best Articles from 2020

My Best Articles from 2020

In late December 2019/early 2020, I started reviving DavidAndrewWiebe.com.

It was never entirely “dead” per se. I continued to update it with my latest music and shows through the years. But something inspired me to pick up the slack and start building out the site again.

That is another story for another time, but suffice it to say, 2020 was a big year for my personal website and blog. Especially since I started publishing daily towards the end of July.

Here, I’d like to share what I think are my best articles from 2020.

What is a Personal Assistant?

Read What is a Personal Assistant?

Early year, I started receiving a variety of questions relating to entrepreneurship and business. So, I started answering them on my blog. If people were asking for it, then there must be a demand for it, or so I thought.

And with this article, I felt I was able to answer the questions thoroughly and concisely.

How to Generate More and Better Ideas

Read How to Generate More and Better Ideas

It’s not about how good ideas are. It’s about how well you execute against them.

This is true, and there’s no value in just being an idea person. At the same time, ideas can foster inspiration. And that can lead to breakthroughs in your work. So, you can’t underestimate the value of ideas. Just remember to store them or use them. Otherwise, they’re of little use.

Why You’re Not Achieving Your Goals

Read Why You’re Not Achieving Your Goals

A simple, concrete, hard look at why people don’t achieve their goals. Hint: It’s not because they didn’t set SMART goals.

First, you must set your goals. Second, your goals must be written down. Third, you need to create a strategy to accomplish your goals. And finally, you must action your strategy.

Have a read through the article for more detail.

Killing Marketing by Joe Pulizzi & Robert Rose Book Notes

Read Killing Marketing by Joe Pulizzi & Robert Rose Book Notes

I do quite a bit of reading, and one of the ideas I was beginning to explore early year was publishing my book notes. Based on how this piece turned out, it makes me think I should do it more.

Killing Marketing was an interesting read. Mainly because I didn’t find much value in it until I reached the middle chapters. Which makes me glad that I started speeding through the introductory chapters to get to the better ones.

First Step to Building Excitement for Your Music Release – Issuing the Release

Read First Step to Building Excitement for Your Music Release – Issuing the Release

This post was an outgrowth of my interest in project management. And even though I’m not sure all musicians understand just how useful and powerful issuing their release is, if they want to learn the ins and outs, there’s always this article.

How to Make Viral TikTok Videos to Build Your Music Career

Read How to Make Viral TikTok Videos to Build Your Music Career

You’ll often find me experimenting with social media. That said, I rarely deviate from my core focus, and this year, that’s Medium, Twitter, and to a lesser extent, YouTube.

Still, I felt it important to cover this timely topic for musicians, especially while I was still publishing my experimental newsletter, Music Career Tips Weekly last year.

How to Get Your Live Streaming Concert Game Down Pat

Read How to Get Your Live Streaming Concert Game Down Pat

This was another timely piece aimed at musicians. Since the live music industry was (and continues to be) affected by COVID-19, I felt it important to highlight tactics musicians could action to grow their music career, even in 2020.

Beginner’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Musicians

Read Beginner’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Musicians

As creators we’re often quick to say, “the money doesn’t matter.” But when push comes to shove, we quickly come to the realization that making a living from our passion is not a sin.

Making a living from your passion is not a sin. Click To Tweet

In this guide, I share a simple, integrated way musicians can start making more money from activities they’re already engaged in.

You Were Only Ever Meant to be You

Read You Were Only Ever Meant to be You

In this short piece, I share a simple message on being your fully expressed, authentic self.

How to Create Systems as a Creative

Read How to Create Systems as a Creative

SYSTEM stands for “Save Your Self Time Energy and Money.” It’s a reality artists often aren’t too quick to embrace, but if they do, they’ll find themselves with more time, energy, and money to work on the things they care most about.

Alternative to Bandcamp, Nimbit & Gumroad?

Read Alternative to Bandcamp, Nimbit & Gumroad?

An article in which I highlight the value of Sellfy of which I am an affiliate. But honest to god, it’s an easy-to-use eCommerce platform for all creatives and creators.

How to Get a Booking Agent

Read How to Get a Booking Agent

After my podcast interview with Jack Forman of BiCoastal Productions, I put together this piece to highlight his and my perspective on getting a booking agent. It’s mostly written with musicians in mind, but even if you’re a dancer, actor, public speaker or otherwise, you will find this valuable.

4 Insidious Music Entrepreneur Myths Debunked

Read 4 Insidious Music Entrepreneur Myths Debunked

Here’s a post with a lot of attitude. I wanted to address some of the naysayers who don’t properly understand music entrepreneurship, which is exactly what I did in this popular piece.

Productivity in Music – Does it Matter?

Read Productivity in Music – Does it Matter?

At the time of its publishing, I boldly declared that this was the best piece I’d ever published on productivity. And you know what? I still stand by it!

Setting Goals for Your Music Career

Read Setting Goals for Your Music Career

A piece about the importance of setting big goals and how to make them a reality.

The Shiny Object is Often Just a Distraction in Music Entrepreneurship

Read The Shiny Object is Often Just a Distraction in Music Entrepreneurship

In this article, I share some of the most critical things a musician should know about money. These lessons were hard earned.

Why I Don’t Think 1 Cent Per Stream on Spotify is Going to Save the Music Business

Read Why I Don’t Think 1 Cent Per Stream on Spotify is Going to Save the Music Business

The title kind of says it all. But I cover several things that appear to be coming down the pike that creatives may not even be aware of.

Should I Start with a Single, EP, or Album for My First Release?

Read Should I Start with a Single, EP, or Album for My First Release?

There are certainly more than a few voices covering this topic. And opinions are quite diverse.

Here I share what I think is the best way for musicians to get started, because it creates more opportunity.

4 Myths That Stop Musicians from Building Their Team

Read 4 Myths That Stop Musicians from Building Their Team

I’m sure I’m not the only one that is sometimes stopped by the prospect of building a team. I’m a Sigma male through and through, and that goes a long way towards explaining my lone wolf tendencies. But I know I’m not alone.

This piece got quite a bit of traffic throughout 2020, and I think it’s a great tool for discovering where you might be stopped in collaboration and working with others.

The 4 Pillars of Success

Read The 4 Pillars of Success

This article will probably live on as an underrated, “oh that’s so obvious” kind of resource. But I still believe 100% it was divinely inspired. Spirit showed me what I didn’t understand about success. And I continue to return to these pillars when I feel lost.

Do Musicians Still Need a WordPress Site?

Read Do Musicians Still Need a WordPress Site?

This article is basically about sales funnels and tools you can use to build them. But the key takeaway here is threefold:

  1. Having a centralized website (funnel hub) that leads to all your funnels is still wise.
  2. Funnels don’t serve every type of customer. Some are even turned off by multi-step sales funnels that keep throwing more and more bonuses at them.
  3. Don’t just create funnels. Create products too. And sell them in a genuine, authentic, value-adding way.

What’s the Best Way to Get My Music Videos on Vevo?

Read What’s the Best Way to Get My Music Videos on Vevo?

Music videos aren’t just a great promotional tool. They can also help musician make money – directly, and indirectly.

Vevo is a well-recognized entity in the music video space, so it’s no surprise musicians want to know how to get their videos on Vevo.

YouTube Marketing for Musicians: An Up-to-Date Guide

Read YouTube Marketing for Musicians: An Up-to-Date Guide

I am sometimes asked what my best tips for YouTube are. I have a few channels with small, engaged followings, though I certainly wouldn’t say I’m the king of the Tube.

Still, my best advice for today is summed up in this guide, and it was inspired by people who are doing far better on YouTube than I am.

Getting Your Music Featured on Spotify Playlists

Read Getting Your Music Featured on Spotify Playlists

The mere mention of Spotify lights up musicians everywhere. And the fascination has a lot to do with widely publicized success stories (rare) and algorithmic exploitation (Spotify will be putting an end to that soon, if they haven’t already).

But getting playlisted is still worthwhile, and in this guide, I share some unconventional, outside the box techniques.

Making it to the Next Level

Read Making it to the Next Level

It’s human to want more. But the question that follows is, “how do I make it to the next level?” That’s what I elaborate on in this piece, from a spiritual perspective.

Stop Reinventing the Past

Read Stop Reinventing the Past

As creatives and creators, we tend to make ourselves look as good as we possibly can. We sugarcoat the past and glorify the present. Which is almost always coming from how we listen to others and wanting to look good or avoid looking bad.

I still contend that you can be successful in your chosen industry or niche by being fully authentic and genuine. There’s no need to constantly remind yourself of a horrific past, and the future is whatever you want it to be.

How to 4X Your Medium Traffic in 80 Days or Less

Read How to 4X Your Medium Traffic in 80 Days or Less

As noted earlier, Medium is a core part of how I’m building engagement right now. And in late October/early November, I started to see huge growth in traffic to my Medium articles. While this sudden surge didn’t last, I have held steady at about double the traffic I had before it happened.

So, in this article, I talk about several things you can do to grow your Medium traffic faster.

I’m Worried About Posting Too Often

Read I’m Worried About Posting Too Often

When I talk about publishing daily, inevitably there are those creatives and creators who feel like they would be overwhelming their friends, followers, or audience by posting so often.

Now, right now I can tell you that I probably tweet 30 to 40 times per day on Twitter. Not daily, but even on lesser days I probably tweet at least 10 times. So, that should tell you something.

Anyway, if you need a little perspective on this, have a read through this piece.

How I Accidentally Weaned Myself off Social Media

Read How I Accidentally Weaned Myself off Social Media

Now, in some ways this is the opposite of what I just said about posting more often. But the truth of the matter is that this is more a lesson in curating your social media feeds (a topic I promised to elaborate on in the future) than anything.

What’s the Best Funnel Builder?

Read What’s the Best Funnel Builder?

The best funnel builder, in my opinion, is the one that allows you to build an all-in-one website, membership site, course platform, forum, and more. Have a read through this article to find out what that is.

How Dare You Call Me “Unlimited”

Read How Dare You Call Me “Unlimited”

“How could you possibly say that I’m unlimited when everything is going wrong for me?”

It’s an odd question, and I’m not even sure it was sincere. But in this post, I look at how this is true, at least from a spiritual perspective.

Do You Still Make Music?

Read Do You Still Make Music?

Apparently, some people thought I was becoming all about my books. So, in this article, I wanted to address that.

But people found this commentary especially interesting. Maybe because it’s not the type of article you often see out there. Either way, that’s why I included it on this list.

Meditation – What Works for Me

Read Meditation – What Works for Me

Meditation became a major focal point for me, especially in the last few months of the year. So, I thought it prudent to cover my discoveries and thoughts on meditation at length.

The Mirror Principle

Read The Mirror Principle

The mirror principle is always at work. It’s the idea that our outer world is always a reflection of our inner world. Understanding this at a deeper level allows you to navigate life’s challenges with greater ease.

A Powerful Morning Routine I Stumbled on

Read A Powerful Morning Routing I Stumbled on

Although it’s fair to say I don’t follow this routine to a tee anymore, I still live some variation thereof. I have found exercise, meditation, and reading to be valuable in any routine I live out.

5 Simple Habits to Support Your Creativity

Read 5 Simple Habits to Support Your Creativity

This one ended up becoming a bit of a favorite too. Maybe because it’s a listicle?

But honestly, there are some good tips here. Have a look for yourself.

How to Get Your Side Hustle off the Ground

Read How to Get Your Side Hustle off the Ground

It’s not as complicated as you might think, and in this article, I cover exactly what’s involved in starting your own digital side hustle for some extra dough.

Priority vs. Productivity – Which is More Important?

Read Priority vs. Productivity – Which is More Important?

It’s possible to get many things done in a day. But what’s the point? If you can’t answer that question, then all you’re doing is getting things done.

But if you prioritize and put first things first in your day, you will achieve more of what’s important to you.

How to Boost Your Creativity with a Journal

Read How to Boost Your Creativity with a Journal

There is more than one way to use a journal, and it can be a powerful tool for boosting your creativity too. Find out how.

3 Ways to Stop Frustration & Keep Growing Your Business

Read 3 Ways to Stop Frustration & Keep Growing Your Business

When you become frustrated, it’s easy to stay frustrated. So, how do you get out of that harmful, unproductive cycle? That’s what I look at in this piece.

Why Blog? Here Are My 31 Reasons

Read Why Blog? Here Are My 31 Reasons

Seeing as how I publish daily this question is sure to come up sooner or later. I thought I would address it early.

How to Create an Irresistible Offer

Read How to Create an Irresistible Offer

There are offers and then there are irresistible offers. In this post, I cover several ideas that will help you make your offer more attractive to your audience.

7 Recommended Books for Self-Improvement

Read 7 Recommended Books for Self-Improvement

Self-improvement is an area I’ve been focused on since 2009. Naturally, I’ve read my share of books. In this post, I cover what I think are some of the better ones.

How to Overcome Perfectionism in Creativity

Read How to Overcome Perfectionism in Creativity

Something virtually every creative wants to know. Maybe some of my tips will help?

Final Thoughts

When I started rebuilding my website in 2020, I had no idea what it would grow into. But as I started gaining clarity and momentum, it became more obvious. And you can see from the about page as well as the projects page that I’ve been able to fill in the blanks along the way.

I’m excited for what 2021 holds, and the ways in which the site will continue to grow.

Which article was your favorite? What would you like to read more about?

Let me know in the comments.

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Choose Your Association Wisely

Choose Your Association Wisely

In life, there are few influences as dominant as your association.

We could look at your top five friends and guess correctly that you are about the average of all of them.

We could look at your top five friends and guess correctly that you are about the average of all of them. Click To Tweet

You make about the same amount of money as them. And your attitudes towards politics, marriage, spirituality, and other important life matters are also the average of those around you.

Maybe you aren’t unlimited. But you also don’t know just how far you can go unless you’re surrounding yourself with people who consistently challenge you to be more.

If you’re feeling down or lacking motivation, take a close look at your association. Do you see any common themes?

Does your association leave you feeling devitalized? Are there emotional vampires lurking around every corner? Do the people you know keep crying about their victimhood and “special” circumstances?

Even if you’re the most virtuous person on earth, at some point, this is going to weigh on you. You can only be a hero for so long.

But the reality is this:

It has never been easier to associate with people who challenge you to go the extra mile.

I follow people on Twitter who inspire me.

I watch YouTube live streams hosted by eight-figure entrepreneurs.

I take courses from seven-figure lifestyle design coaches.

I read great books – and I don’t even pretend to know what they’re saying half the time.

I’m not here to tell you to change your association. Instead, I suggest prioritizing your association. Choosing the inputs that will make a difference for you short term, and long term. Because, while you may never reach the pinnacle, or even know your full potential, you will at least come away feeling like you can achieve more.

This is not the comparison game. If it were, I would not even make the finals.

This is your life. And your time is your most precious resource. Who do you want to spend it with?

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Set Your Intentions for 2021

Set Your Intentions for 2021

Now is the time to set your intentions for 2021.

I see many people sitting around waiting to find out what will happen next.

The answer is “much the same” or “worse” if we leave it up to chance.

Nothing will change unless we set our intentions for the year.

I intend for more joy, more peace, and more freedom in the world in 2021.

On a personal level, I intend to launch several books, courses, and albums. I also intend to keep publishing daily.

Remember – your words create your reality. And you have more impact on the world, and more personal power to bring about change than you even know.

So, don’t skimp on this. Think big.

You can make your dreams a reality. You can make this a better world. You can impact your fans and followers.

You can make your dreams a reality. You can make this a better world. You can impact your fans and followers. Click To Tweet

But you must internalize that you create your world with language.

You create your world with language. Click To Tweet

Sitting around and waiting is hope. And hope is not a strategy. “Hope” is the most disempowering word in the English language because it means to wait for something not acted on.

You must act!

Intention Setting Process

So, take a moment and disconnect from everything.

Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind.

Now, ask yourself…

What do I intend for myself in 2021? What world do I want to create?

Take a moment and just meditate on these questions.

Then, put your intentions into language. It’s okay if it’s vague. Don’t worry about trying to get it right or being perfect. No one is grading you on this.

Finally, share that intention, even if it’s just on social media. It’s not real until you share it with others!

Your intention becomes your reality.

Your intention becomes your reality. Click To Tweet

Looking forward to creating a better world with you in 2021.

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Happy 2021!

Happy 2021!

The old is falling away, making way for the new.

This is not the result of the new year. The new era arrived just as winter approached at the end of 2020.

2021 will not be a mere extension or rehashing of 2020. 2020 vision is available to anyone with eyes enough to see, and in 2021 we will see old systems crumble.

We are here not to be told what to do, but to decide for ourselves what our future will be.

Here’s wishing you a creative and empowered year, unlike any other.

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Merry Christmas with Gratitude

Merry Christmas with Gratitude

2020 has been all manner of strange. For some, it has been an especially difficult year. For others, it’s been the best year in recent memory. For me, it was somewhere in the middle.

But regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas.

In this post, I will be paying tribute to family, friends, coaches, collaborators, colleagues, podcast guests, and more.

Whenever you do something like this, someone always gets missed, but if you’ve helped, inspired, supported, coached, or have been a part of my life in some capacity, you know exactly who you are. Thank you and may all your Christmas wishes be fulfilled.

Here is who I wish to thank this year:

Mom & Bryan
Jenn
Grandma Wiebe
Randall
Nola
Kevin & Beena
Kyle
The Wiebes
The Wagners
The Sloats
Frederick Tamagi
Orlando
The Indie YYC
Mabel, Lena, Jenny
Karlo Keet
Delores Keet
Brennan
Greg Wilnau
Brent Vaartstra
Brian Bob Young
Anna Mae Alexander
Tucker/Sean Harley
Amos Bracewell
Jonathan Ferguson
Long Jon Lev
Patrick Zelinski
Vern
Wakefield Brewster
Maveen Kaura
Grace
Grey, Alice
Paul
Adam Meachem
Adam
Karl
Bill & Sharon
Jon & Julie Stockdale
Shaun Letang
Liam Duncan
Robonzo
Vasja Veber
João Filipe
Dave Chick
Ed Vincent
Jason Grishkoff
Stefan Schulz
KatKwo
Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Jack Forman
Ben Mendoza
Matt Ramsey
Andy Seth
Ty Frankel
Karan Beghi
Adam McInnis
Sarah Beth Perry
Michael Brandvold
Tyler Volkmar
Christine Brackenhoff
Rock Paper Scissors
Dave Hawkins
Christopher Sutton
Jules Schroeder
Ian Temple
CD Baby
Derek Sivers
James Schramko
John Lint
Dan Kennedy
Gene Simmons
Quazi Johir
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Kyle Cease
Eddie Van Halen
Wolfgang Van Halen

As for me, I only wish for two things this Christmas.

One is that I meet a cute Asian, or leggy blonde, or beautiful brunette, or saucy Latina. I can’t decide. Just pray for me or send good vibes (or if you have any leads, let me know).

Two is I’m looking to double my business in 2021. Any thoughts on how I can do this? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Enjoy the Game of Survival

Enjoy the Game of Survival

What game do you want to play as a creative?

That might seem like an odd question, but the reality is that life itself is a game with rules and boundaries.

But no one can tell you when you’ve won. No one can make a scorecard for you. You’ve got to tailor it to your passions and desires.

There are different paths leading to different destinations. There, too, choice must be exercised.

The Game of Survival

Creativity is like a game of survival. And that’s what makes it fun.

Creativity is like a game of survival. And that’s what makes it fun. Click To Tweet

Perhaps you’ve never thought of it that way before. But the same could certainly be said of freelancing, business, or any other endeavor that involves risk.

Former CD Baby founder Derek Sivers was the first to inspire me to think of things this way. He talks about it quite eloquently in his book, Your Music And People.

School is fine and all. But most of what you learn there is theory. And when you consider how much of it, you’re going to forget anyway, it’s kind of crazy how much time and effort we put into education.

In the real world, you make real connections, spend real money, and take real chances and risks.

Yes, it can be scary. But this is also what makes it fun.

Because when you’re faced with losing it all, you’ve got to roll up your sleeves, figure out how to make a real go of this creativity thing, and take actions that are aligned with your goals.

The Power of Choice

In life, there are choices aligned with comfort, and choices aligned with risk.

One is not better than the other.

Choices aligned with comfort offer some certainty and stability. They are not guaranteed, and they can even be expensive, but most people will support you in your decision to be comfortable and you will find them doing the same things right alongside you.

Choices aligned with risk offer more excitement and upside opportunity. Again, they are not guaranteed, but they don’t necessarily need to cost more (just that you will inevitably win some and lose some). You probably won’t find much support on this side of the fence, and people will call you “lucky” if you succeed.

(I don’t know anyone on this side of the fence that doesn’t work their butt off.)

At different times, we will all make choices on either side. But choices aligned with comfort are always easier, and choices aligned with risk are always scarier.

The Playground of Adulthood

Entrepreneurship is like the playground of adulthood (again, that’s something I picked up from Derek Sivers).

So, the question is whether you want to play in the sand, or work in a cube.

“Oh, it’s just that simple?”

Well… maybe not.

Because you’ve got to know what you want in life. What you enjoy. What you could see yourself doing for 12, 14, or even 16 hours per day.

I’m not advising anyone spend that much time at work. I’m just asking if you could see yourself doing that if need be.

Many people can’t see themselves working for longer than eight hours per day. And if they were honest with themselves, they’d see that between bathroom breaks, lunch, idle chit chat, social media, and email, they are only productive for two hours and 53 minutes per day. That’s based on research.

It’s not the eight hours per day that’s making you tired. It’s the constant task switching that’s killing your productivity.

Of course, you will have many added responsibilities on the playground, with the most important being having a product and a way to sell it. Money is required in the game of survival.

Enter the Jungle

So, the question is:

Do you want to go out into the jungle, risk danger and failure, and enjoy the fulfillment and satisfaction of figuring it all out for yourself?

Or…

Would you prefer to stay in the city, where the well-worn path is laid out before you, and help is always available?

Creativity is closer to trail blazing than following a clearly defined path. That’s what makes it difficult, but that’s also what makes it rewarding.

There’s a limit to how much you can learn about creativity or entrepreneurship in school. It’s all just hypothetical until you’ve got real skin in the game.

There’s a limit to how much you can learn about creativity or entrepreneurship in school. Click To Tweet

The jungle is where the rubber meets the road. It’s where all the real learning happens.

It won’t necessarily be easy. And there will be risk involved. But the skills are learnable. With enough determination and perseverance, you can learn to survive, and eventually, thrive.

Game of Survival, Final Thoughts

While there are many unknowns in the jungle, if you choose it, you will probably find that you are scrappier and more adaptive than you ever thought you were.

And instead of wading through theory, you will be forced to figure out what works, fast.

Again, not all risk is good risk. And the riskier choice isn’t always the right one.

But an entrepreneur is “one who takes risks.” So, in the jungle, you will always be risking to a lesser or greater degree.

Are you enjoying the game of survival?

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