Weekly Digest: June 19, 2021

Weekly Digest: June 19, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021Have you ever been tossed into a situation where you were given more to do than you thought you could realistically handle?

How did that make you feel? How did you respond?

It’s human nature to resist expansion, even when we know we desire growth.

But going from an amateur to professional doesn’t mean less work and less responsibility. Quite the contrary – it usually means more work and more responsibility.

We often say or think to ourselves, “wouldn’t it be nice if…” But rarely do we consider the implications of promotion.

Leveling up, it turns out, isn’t always the bed of thornless roses we expect it to be.

And as ominous as this might sound, for you to rise to the next level, you’ll probably need to face something you’ve been resisting.

This doesn’t necessarily mean facing ghastly ghosts or an anonymous mask-wearing, chainsaw-wielding psychopath. This is a key distinction.

But step into an uncomfortable situation, and chances are you’ll come face to face with resistance – fear of rejection, unworthiness, too much responsibility, or otherwise.

It can come as a bit of a surprise, especially if it’s something you thought you had long left in the dust. No matter how developed you think you might be, running and hiding can still seem like an attractive option.

But if you are faced with greater obstacles, remember this. First, it probably isn’t anything you haven’t faced before – just an iteration on something you’ve already encountered. Second, it means you’re stepping into the realm of expansion, where rapid growth and breakthrough is possible.

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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The Indie YYC

The Indie YYC is a creative community dedicated to inspiring local artists in pursuit of independent creativity, independent thought, and independent life.

I host a weekly series called Creative Entrepreneur where I share weekly podcast content to help you find new inspirations and pathways to achieve more creative and practical independence.

Here’s what went live this week:

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Random Things I Dig

Notion is a great tool for keeping your projects organized.

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There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.

The name of the program is The Gold Within.

Any artist looking to get clear on the impact and difference they want to make in the world (their brand) should go through The Gold Within program at least once.

>> Begin your personal development journey NOW

Final Thoughts

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

Progress Update: June 17, 2021

Progress Update: June 17, 2021

I just started a yearlong leadership and management program last weekend, and I’m already staring to look at everything I’ve been creating in the world a little differently.

Now, I want to be clear that, this week, my priorities have basically been:

  • Fulfilling my program responsibilities and coursework
  • Being in communication with my coaches, collaborators, classmates, and friends
  • Cleaning up and getting organized
  • Doing my income taxes
  • Carrying out my staff writing duties
  • Publishing daily

Beyond that, I haven’t had much time or energy to tackle much of anything.

If I’m inside my email, it’s only to answer and delete a few emails. There’s no way I could possibly 100 per day right now. If you’ve been waiting for a response from me, I promise I will get back to you, but it may take me a week or two to figure out what my expanded life looks like. Thanks in advance for your patience.

I have not scheduled tweets either. This has obviously made its way down the priority list, along with a lot of things I now see as being not as important as the key responsibilities articulated above.

I also haven’t even touched anything Music Entrepreneur HQ related in a while. It has been on my mind, but it just hasn’t been feasible for me to tackle content and product development in the capacity I used to. I have at least two – maybe three – podcast episodes forthcoming, but as noted, it’s very much dependent on the space and time available after tackling key priorities.

The good news is, next week, I won’t have to spend as much time on sorting files or working on my taxes. That’ll free up quite a bit more time.

I’m not making any of this wrong, nor do I see it as a permanent condition. If anything, I can see new, exciting possibilities for partnership and collaboration, and some of this has already started forming around me.

For the next quarter, though, I am planning to work on a membership at Content Marketing Musician. I’ve developed a lot of resources for musicians over the years, and our catalog has grown to the point where we feel we can offer greater support through a centralized space where committed, growing musicians gather for coaching and training.

Most importantly, I’m planning to do this in honor of my father and grandparents (my dad’s parents), who were all passionate about education. My dad passed when I was 13, my grandfather a little under 10 years ago, and my grandmother earlier this year.

The general plan is to give 50% of proceeds from the new membership to an organization supporting education for underprivileged children.

I am actively looking for leaders and team members in making this a reality by August 27. If you’re reading this now, and you’d like to participate in any capacity (even if it’s just to offer input and ideas), I would love to welcome you to the team. Get in touch right away and I’d be happy to have a conversation with you about the project.

That is mainly what I wanted to articulate for today. Thanks for reading!

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What I See for the Future of This Site

What I See for the Future of This Site

On July 28, I will have published daily for a full year.

And what a journey it’s been. I can’t wait to share everything that has transpired since I started down this road.

Of course, I’ve had a lot of thoughts on what I want to do next, whether I want to continue to flow my energies into publishing daily, and what the future of this site (DavidAndrewWiebe.com) will be.

So, here’s the picture I see forming.

What I’m Planning for DavidAndrewWiebe.com

I’m thinking about turning DavidAndrewWiebe.com into a news site of sorts.

I will continue to publish in-depth, high-quality articles on a variety of topics related to creativity and entrepreneurship, as I’ve already been, but I’ve been thinking about incorporating bits from social media, other blogs, tools I use, and more.

I can’t see myself creating all the content on my own, so I might ask other writers whether they’d like to see their posts on my site, hire writers, solicit guest writers, publish a higher volume of shorter pieces, or otherwise.

I guess what I’m saying is – I’m thinking about turning this into a magazine site, with articles, news items, audio (podcasts), visual content (Instagram, YouTube, etc.), and recommended products or resources.

Currently, the site doesn’t get enough traffic to benefit from ads, so I probably won’t be aggressive with advertising, and instead focus on creating banners promoting my own products and services. I will probably use these banners across my other sites too.

Why Turn DavidAndrewWiebe.com into a News Site?

I have other sites serving different functions.

Music Entrepreneur HQ is my music business authority site and home to my podcast. Although I might begin publishing a higher volume of content there, for the most part, I just want to focus on in-depth, high-quality authority content moving forward.

Content Marketing Musician is home to my courses and coaching programs. Ultimately, it will be developed as my membership site for independent musicians. At some point, I might begin creating content for Content Marketing Musician, but the membership site alone will be a significant undertaking, so that time might be a way off.

Which means I can use DavidAndrewWiebe.com and Music Entrepreneur HQ to direct traffic to Content Marketing Musician. This is basically what I’ve been doing so far, and so long as I stay on top of communicating what’s available, it seems to work.

I could leave DavidAndrewWiebe.com alone for a while, and focus on other projects, but I’ve already created some momentum here, so why not ride the wave?

How is This Complementary to Your Other Projects?

The great part about looking at my sites as separate but connected entities, is that they can each serve a different function in the overall mission of inspiring creatives and creators.

Yes, there’s still a heavy music focus. But I’ve also posted a lot of pieces that are creativity, personal development, spirituality, or entrepreneurship oriented on DavidAndrewWiebe.com – not to say that this content isn’t applicable to any creative or creator.

But that’s kind of the point. I can share with, and help a broader creative audience here on DavidAndrewWiebe.com, while serving the music community (a big passion of mine) at Music Entrepreneur HQ and Content Marketing Musician. I can write about anything I want, and no one’s going to look at me like I’ve got a third leg.

I can also develop and launch a series of products on topics I know a lot about to help the creative community at large (podcasting, self-publishing, digital marketing, advertising, social media, and so forth).

DavidAndrewWiebe.com can be a hub where people come to learn about the latest happenings and items of interest in my world, as well as the creative world at large.

Thoughts

Do you have any thoughts on the new direction?

Feel free to let me know!

Final Thoughts

Film director Woody Allen said:

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.

Well, let’s just say that, if I find the need to course correct again, it wouldn’t be the first time God has laughed at my plans.

Either way, I’m excited to see how my projects are going to evolve, and the impact and difference they can make for creatives and creators just like you.

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Weekly Digest: June 12, 2021

Weekly Digest: June 12, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021Author Stephen R. Covey is famous for pointing out that an airplane is off course at least 90% of the time.

His point was that if you have a personal mission statement, a clear picture of where you want to go and end up in life, even if you are off course much of the time, you can always return to your vision, get back on track, and eventually arrive at your chosen destination.

I can’t tell you how many times I have felt “close” to the life path I was meant to be on, but somehow a mile away from hitting the bull’s eye.

Have you ever felt that way?

As I’ve mentioned before, thinking and reflection time is essential for clarity. And during my 10-day break (concluding Thursday), I loosed projects and ideas, as well as any sense of rigidity or notions around where they should be headed.

On Thursday, much to my surprise, I started to see a picture form – a picture I hadn’t seen before. I could see the pieces as well as the connected whole, something I’ve struggled with a bit this past year, especially as I’ve been publishing daily.

What I began to see was that I wasn’t so far off course that I couldn’t see the destination anymore. I just thought I was.

Fatigue and exhaustion can easily cloud your judgment, making you feel worse about situations that probably aren’t half as bad as they appear. Which is why stopping periodically is essential.

But course correction is always part of the journey. It doesn’t matter who you are, how smart or talented you think you are. You will get off course from time to time. Don’t ever think that you’re too smart or too talented to stay on course 100% of the time. No one does.

If you think you’re too good to lose track of your destination, you will find yourself miles away from where you originally wanted to go.

Know when to make a correction. And if you aren’t sure, stop and ask for directions.

No journey will be as fulfilling as the one you’ve deliberately chosen and are walking out according to your values and character.

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

David Andrew Wiebe

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

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Subscribe to the daily blog for creators and creatives

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Random Things I Dig

I love Sennheiser.

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There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.

The name of the program is The Gold Within.

Any artist looking to get clear on the impact and difference they want to make in the world (their brand) should go through The Gold Within program at least once.

>> Begin your personal development journey NOW

Final Thoughts

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

Weekly Digest: June 5, 2021

Weekly Digest: June 5, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021For the most part, we don’t spend enough time thinking and reflecting in proportion to the amount of time we spend working and creating.

Creating is the fun part, to be sure. But if we want to create sustainable, profitable careers in our chosen fields, we can’t spend all our time, energy, and resources endlessly creating and tweaking what we’ve created, as is the artistic tendency.

The Road Less Stupid author Keith J. Cunningham argues that there are four hats business owners must wear to ensure success – Artist, Operator, Owner, and Board.

As an artist seeking success, you are a business owner whether you want to be or not, which I point out in case there’s any resistance to the notion of artistic entrepreneurship.

And your success will ultimately be determined by your ability to develop new skills in the areas you aren’t already strong in (Operator, Owner, and Board), and see the grand picture forming from a variety of angles. It’s not enough to see your career coming together through the eyes of the Artist, because the Artist will always want to create and tweak.

At minimal, you would need to seek out a mentor or coach, which is, incidentally, something someone wearing the Board hat would think to do.

We all know that Steve Jobs was an amazing artist/creator. But he nearly drove Apple into the ground the first go round. Developing his business and risk management acumen (Board hat) is what enabled him to lead the business into the Promised Land.

So…

  • Which hat takes up most of your time and energy?
  • In what areas are your strong, and in which areas do you feel weak?
  • What new skills could you develop to gain a better vantage point for what you’re trying to create artistically and entrepreneurially?
  • Which hat is your favorite?
  • Which hat is your least favorite?
  • Which hat(s) do you think you need to spend more time wearing?

For more questions to ponder, refer to my least purchased but critically important book, Start Your Year the Right Way.

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

David Andrew Wiebe

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

Here are the posts that went live this week:

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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:

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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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Random Things I Dig

I’m about six chapters into The Road Less Stupid and have been enjoying the read so far.

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There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.

The name of the program is The Gold Within.

Any artist looking to get clear on the impact and difference they want to make in the world (their brand) should go through The Gold Within program at least once.

>> Begin your personal development journey NOW

Final Thoughts

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

Weekly Digest: May 29, 2021

Weekly Digest: May 29, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021Breakthroughs are followed by breakdowns. And breakdowns are followed by breakthroughs.

I have observed this pattern on far too many occasions to call it coincidence.

You can prepare for the breakdowns but only to a certain extent. There’s a good chance it will be unexpected, out of left field, and all-consuming, even if only momentarily. Which makes it harder to observe the pattern and easier to get caught up in the emotion of it.

But observing the pattern is all you need to do to see it for what it is. The battle is half won once you’ve trained yourself to observe. More importantly, the pattern is not an impasse but rather a test.

Life is full of tests, which result in lessons. Lessons not learned always return later at inopportune moments to haunt us in the form of tests.

To advance in life, in creativity, and in business, we need to learn our lessons. There is no other way.

So, will you develop the mental toughness to invite and welcome tests in your life? That’s how you know you’re on the path to rapid growth.

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

David Andrew Wiebe

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

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Subscribe to the daily blog for creators and creatives

>> Follow me on Medium

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

Random Things I Dig

NDAX is a great place for Canadians to go to buy crypto, including Dogecoin, Litecoin, and others.

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Did you get your copy of The Renegade Musician yet?

I’ve been developing some awesome bonuses to go with it, and plan to improve its design too.

And yes, I might even be making it into a Kindle and paperback!

But it’s never too late or too early to join the ranks of those who now identify as Renegade Musicians.

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Final Thoughts

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