#StrategySunday – April 11, 2021

#StrategySunday – April 11, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

This has felt like a rather “standard” #StrategySunday if there ever was one. But that’s a good sign that I’m staying consistent and moving in the right direction. I don’t think I need to make any huge shifts now. Just stay steady, keep doing what I’m doing.

Here’s this week’s #StrategySunday breakdown.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I reviewed my content duties for the week.
  • I went over what I’m looking to accomplish in terms of product development.
  • I reviewed my project queue.
  • I listed out my admin duties for the week.
  • I reviewed current musical projects. One has been completed and will be posted soon.

Lessons

Was there anything that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • There is value in experimentation. I’ve been doing some spontaneous live streams as of late, and to my surprise, they have attracted an audience and I have been having fun doing them. Compared to a variety of other things I’ve been experimenting with, which either don’t produce much of a result, or haven’t been much fun, I’m far more excited about live streaming now.
  • I have been using Mondays to “ease in” to the week. I am not always successful, but this feels like the right approach.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • Nothing aside from the fact that I plan to do weekly live streams now.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for joining me, champ!

If you need more inspiration, refer to yesterday’s weekly digest.

That’s it for this week’s #StrategySunday. Wishing you the best of weeks!

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Weekly Digest: April 10, 2021

Weekly Digest: April 10, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, April 2021Demonstrate enthusiasm. Have an attitude of gratitude. Think positively.

Turns out there’s more to this than hollow platitudes and impossible ideals.

Energy can make the difference. If you set yourself on fire, the world will clamor around to watch.

What you’re saying doesn’t matter as much as how you’re saying it (which isn’t to say what you’re saying doesn’t matter).

Good vibes are hard to find. The world is overwhelmingly negative.

If you’re lit up, you will instantly separate yourself from the crowd.

That doesn’t mean you should fake enthusiasm. Not at all. Authenticity still shines bright in a dark sky.

And this is not more beating the drum of “let’s get pumped up and walk on hot coals!” Icarus will plunge to his doom flying too close to the sun.

What I’m saying is:

Showing up will get you passing grades. But showing up enthusiastic and full of life is going to bring a crowd. Because people are starved for that.

So, if you haven’t been the best version of yourself, and it hasn’t been working, try something else. Shift your energy. You have nothing to lose.

With that, here’s what I created for you this week:

David Andrew Wiebe

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#StrategySunday – April 4, 2021

#StrategySunday – April 4, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

There have been multiple themes for this week, including thinking bigger, following inspiration, and self-care. You will certainly see some of this reflected in this week’s planning session.

Here’s this week’s #StrategySunday breakdown.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I spent some time internalizing new learnings and lessons.
  • I went over my content duties for the week and brainstormed some post ideas.
  • I determined what I’m looking to accomplish in terms of product development this week.
  • I reviewed my project queue. Much to do.
  • I went over my admin duties. For the most part, I have been on track, and was able to tick off multiple items this past week.
  • I reviewed what I’m looking to accomplish in terms of music. I’m working on the same projects this week as last, but one should be done this week.

Lessons

Was there anything that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • To love yourself means to care for yourself. I have been reflecting on that for the last couple of days. So, I’m going to spend more time honoring my impulses and desires. Begin to see myself as worthy where I may have tried to bottle before.
  • I have grown even more mindful of bloat in my schedule that’s not adding to my happiness and business. It probably has something to do with the fact that I wrote a piece on News Break about spring cleaning your business. I haven’t figured out next steps yet, but elimination or delegation are looking like worthy options right now. I will need to create more space for deep work, since I have a new ghostwriting contract taking shape.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • It occurred to me that I could be modeling my tweets after other people’s Facebook ads in my industry. I’m going to give this a go.
  • I have started commenting more on Medium posts and I have noticed that the greatest response tends to come from writers with smaller followings. So, I will probably prioritize commenting on their pieces over writers with bigger followings.
  • Having the right filters is going to be a matter of survival in the coming weeks. One filter I need to put in place is for guest post requests. I get a lot of them for Music Entrepreneur HQ. I think I know what this is going to look like, and I need to make it a “canned response” template inside Gmail.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for joining me, champ!

If you need more inspiration, refer to yesterday’s weekly digest.

That’s it for this week’s #StrategySunday. Wishing you the best of weeks!

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Weekly Digest: April 3, 2021

Weekly Digest: April 3, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, March 2021Every goal is like a reverse bell curve.

There’s an initial burst of excitement at the beginning, a huge dip in the middle, and another rise in energy towards the end.

In talking with creatives, I have noticed that some feel hollow platitudes and chasing happiness will carry them through the hard middle and over the finish line. Try it. Let me know how it goes.

But passion and suffering aren’t separate. They are mutually inclusive. In studying the etymology of the word “passion,” you will discover that it means to “suffer for.”

How you handle the hard middle is up to you. Your attitude is well within your control. But there’s no doubt that the daily grind can begin to weigh on you if you let it.  There is no such thing as “a thousand yesterdays,” and there is no accurate perception of time, and yet it’s perfectly human to let it affect you (“I have been working on this for so long!”).

And depending on the scale of the project, the middle won’t just last for a few days. It could be weeks, months, years. It will seem easy when you’re at the top of the reverse bell curve, but will you have the endurance to finish the race when those miles continue to stretch out ahead of you?

In the middle, the key will always be to return to your “why.” You might be exhausted, and the finish line may appear a long way off. But if you can remember why you started the project in the first place, and why it was so important to you to begin with, you can make a more accurate assessment of whether it’s worth it.

Your “why” is what matters, to you, and to others.

With that, here’s what I got up to this week:

David Andrew Wiebe

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Final Thoughts

Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.

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#StrategySunday – March 28, 2021

#StrategySunday – March 28, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

This week’s theme has been “dissatisfaction.” It’s not something I wanted to focus on or give too much attention to. But when emotions surface in your life, I think it’s best to sit with them, and allow them to play out as they will.

As we move into a new week, my focus is already shifting to ideas. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

So, here’s this week’s #StrategySunday breakdown.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I went over my content responsibilities for the week.
  • I reviewed current products in development. Two products are inching closer to completion.
  • I went over my admin duties for the week.
  • I looked at what I’m looking to accomplish musically. One project is nearing completion.
  • I reviewed my project queue. I’m a little behind on one project and I’m looking to wrap it up this week.

Lessons

Was there anything that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • I shared about how it’s easy to get caught up in stats and outcomes this past week. What I’m thinking now is that perhaps the only number worth worrying about is how many blog posts and products I publish.
  • I am finding that dedicating some time to personal development and reading grounds and balances me. It’s also relaxing. Although I’m not affirming anything new here, it’s a good reminder.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • If the only number I pay attention to is the number of stories and products published, it might mean doing less overall. Although syndicating and distributing content only takes 10 to 15 minutes per day, I’m not sure if this time well spent (though it does give me something to talk about in future stories). Still evaluating.
  • I’m thinking about moving some money into crypto and gold. Investing into crypto is basically like gambling, so I’m just looking to put a bit of surplus into it, not using money that I’m unwilling to lose.
  • Although I’ve gone back and forth on this, I’ve started thinking about turning Music Entrepreneur HQ into a content site again, especially considering a new podcast idea I’ve been working on, as well as some of the things I’d like to do with Content Marketing Musician. I will need to put more thought into this.
  • Although this is not something I would or even could action now, I’ve been thinking about a 100-day music publishing experiment to see how many songs I could launch in that time and how much I could grow my overall listenership and revenue. Again, I’ll want to deliberate further before committing.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for joining me, champ!

If you need more inspiration, refer to yesterday’s weekly digest.

That’s it for this week’s #StrategySunday. Wishing you the best of weeks!

Pay what you want for the first issue of my digital magazine, The Renegade Musician.

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Weekly Digest: March 27, 2021

Weekly Digest: March 27, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, March 2021Is a worthy endeavor always supposed to be simple, easy, or fun?

Does it bring you joy to run a marathon? It’s a relief when you finally make it to the finish line, sure. But isn’t the training grueling? Isn’t the run to the finish line a battle of the mind?

Follow your passion. Follow your bliss. Do what makes you happy. Keep only what gives you joy.

Yes, I agree. But if you go into every project thinking it’s not going to require some grit and determination, you’re headed straight for a wake-up call.

Starting a project is exciting. But finishing it is a battle of the mind.

It’s no secret that I have been on a slight downswing as of late. But that was prompted by an increased sense of self-worth, which always seems to be followed by dissatisfaction. They go hand in hand.

So, I find it kind of funny that everyone finds my dissatisfaction so alarming. “Maybe you should try something else,” they say. “Success or failure is a matter of how you look at it,” they declare.

Of course, these are statements worth examining. And I have.

But when you know you were made for more, should you ever be satisfied with where you’re at? Content, perhaps. But never complacent.

The next challenge is bound to be even greater than the current one. So, if you don’t prepare and build resilience now, will you even be ready for the next boss you’ll be facing?

My dissatisfaction is well-earned. Not because I’ve been doing this “publishing thing” for a while, but rather because I have poured myself into a variety of projects that have mostly turned out to be disappointments over the course of 10 and in some cases 20 years.

I seek to shed such notions, and that time will come. My perspective will shift. I will see things anew.

That moment is not now. Now is the time to prepare and to develop resiliency for the next boss I must face.

And with that, here’s what I made for you this week.

David Andrew Wiebe

I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you.

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Music Entrepreneur HQ

At Music Entrepreneur HQ, I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music, something I’ve been up to since 2009.

Here are the posts that went live on Music Entrepreneur HQ this week:

>> Grab a free guide to grow your fan base and music career

News Break

I publish at least once per week on the topic of self-discovery.

Here’s what I shared on News Break this week:

As always, I appreciate the read, share, and follow.

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This week, I’d like to recognize @IAmRyanStepp, as he’s been connecting with me ongoingly. Thanks, friend!

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Random Things I Dig

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Final Thoughts

Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.

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