#StrategySunday – February 14, 2021

#StrategySunday – February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re single, dating, or married, here’s wishing you a wonderful, love-filled day.

As I look forward to another week, I’m excited about the possibilities and can’t wait to share more with you.

Here is what came out of this week’s #StrategySunday planning session:

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I reviewed last week’s notes.
  • I went over my content duties for the week and identified some topics I’m looking to cover.
  • I reviewed my project queue. No changes here, but I do have a deadline I’m looking to meet post haste.
  • I reviewed what I’m looking to accomplish in the realms of music and product development and confirmed I will be continuing work on the same projects this week.
  • I reviewed my admin tasks and meetings for the week.

Lessons

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

  • Knowledge costs money, but ignorance costs time. You can endlessly research and reverse engineer or go straight to the source and find the missing pieces you’ve been hunting for. It may cost you some money, but it will end up saving you a lot of time, and time is your greatest asset.
  • They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As I look to grow a larger following and build more trust with my audience, I’ve found there’s nothing quite like answering questions and creating content that’s relevant for them. I’m looking to be more intentional about interacting in a couple of groups and memberships to create the breakthroughs I’m seeking.
  • Templates make creating content like this a cinch. I’m looking forward to making more templates, swipe files, and the like.

Ideas

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

  • I’m working on a new funnel for The Music Entrepreneur Code. Most of my offers are straight up offers, not bonus stacks, but this is something I’ve been working on for a while and am looking to test. I think I’ve also figured out a way to better unify my books, and now have a working framework for doing exactly that.
  • I’m looking at the possibility of spending some time daily answering questions on Quora. I wouldn’t be able to spend a lot of time there. Maybe 15 minutes per day. I may not be able to do it daily, at least right now, but it’s something I’m going to give more thought to.

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!

P.S. I recently launched my new course, the Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass.

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Weekly Digest: February 13, 2021

Weekly Digest: February 13, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, February 2021Recently, I have found myself returning to the simple joys of creating.

Not that I haven’t been enjoying the journey all along. I would not be able to sustain much of what I do if I did not keep fulfillment in view.

But since bringing on a podcast editor, I have felt a shift. Sharing in the duties has shaved several hours off my week. To be fair, I have mostly reinvested that time back into the projects that matter to me.

And fulfillment – be it personal or communal – is of greater importance than the stat sheets, which report on the cold, hard numbers that don’t always match expectation.

At times, we will all take the simple things for granted. Much of what we choose as creatives and creators stems from an initial burst of excitement, though it is not those elated in-love feelings that carry us over the finish line. At some point, it all becomes work, plain and simple.

Genius does not happen by accident. It’s the product of repeatedly showing up, doing the work, and practicing consistently.

Even so, as we make progress, and share in the work, and importantly, practice presence in the act of creating, we can return to those seemingly fleeting moments of excitement that gripped us early on. Only to discover those feelings never left. They have only matured.

I look forward to sharing more on getting back to the basics, perhaps in a future podcast episode.

Because at some point, doing what we know to do has the tendency to be reduced to duty or obligation. Ask your significant other whether they like to be reduced to duty or obligation. That’s a surefire way to kill the fires of passion.

When passion turns to work, we may even find ourselves cutting corners. But if we practice presence in our work, we will slowly but surely return to sculpting our figurative marble slab into our own Michelangelo.

With that, here is your weekly digest.

David Andrew Wiebe

I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you. And I’m always open to content suggestions.

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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.

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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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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.

Community Spotlight

@k9jumps has been quietly engaging with my tweets. Thank you for your support!

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Random Things I Dig

Magik Mike and his oddball sense of humor. I like his older content more, but he’s always good for a quick laugh.

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Final Thoughts

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

P.S. I recently launched my new course, the Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass.

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#StrategySunday – February 7, 2021

#StrategySunday – February 7, 2021

In some ways, this past week was grueling. But I am also excited about what I see unfolding, and today’s #StrategySunday helped me clarify and solidify lessons from what went wrong as well as what went right.

So, here’s this week’s #StrategySunday:

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I reviewed last week’s notes.
  • I went over content duties for the week, with an emphasis on which post ideas I want to prioritize.
  • I went over my admin duties for the week. I have relatively few, and some of the ones that have been hanging in the balance kind of took care of themselves this week.
  • I reviewed client work. I was able to complete a one-off this past week, but I still have a couple of key deadlines – one mid-month, and one at the end of the month.
  • I went over what I’m looking to accomplish with music. No changes here, but I’ll need to be a little more deliberate about making time for music if I am to make progress in this area.
  • I went over what I’m looking to accomplish in terms of product promotion and development. No changes here – the new course just went live, and I’m planning for the next launch.
  • I finally answered Hyatt’s seven questions. This is something I’ve been doing yearly for a long time, but I’m only getting around to it now here in 2021.

Lessons

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

  • Spend more time thinking, reflecting, and researching for each week’s podcast. If I want to level up my podcast content, I can’t do the same thing expecting different results. If I look ahead and know what I’m going to be sharing each week, I can be more deliberate of how I spend my reading and learning time as well.
  • Effectiveness diagnostic. This is something I stumbled on this past week and will talk about in a future blog post. Using this diagnostic, I got a better handle on what’s working and what isn’t. If I were to 80/20 my work, I have a better sense of what that might look like.
  • Newsletter. I began to see some possibilities in terms of what I could do with my newsletters and started actioning them immediately. I figured out a way to repurpose and leverage existing content without having to reinvent the wheel, and while I might invest more time into creating a more unique newsletter experience in the future, for the time being, this new method is working great.
  • There has been some miscommunication with prospective podcast guests. I do not blame anyone specifically but take responsibility for where things have gone wrong on my end. Nevertheless, it was a source of pain this past week. I plan to spend more time vetting potential podcast guests and intend to put a questionnaire in place for anyone who might be interested in being on the show. I don’t think it makes sense to interview just anyone anymore.

Ideas

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

  • Author Dan Kennedy suggest that we should never reinvent the wheel or start with a blank page. This lesson has been sinking in more. And that led me to the idea of creating blog post templates (especially for recurring post types like this one), something I have already begun work on.
  • I spend quite a bit of time engaging on Twitter. That said, I know that I could be automating some of this activity. I would never put it all on autopilot because I know that could negatively affect engagement. At the same time, I can also see that some of my messaging remains a constant and there is no need to reinvent the wheel either (also see above). I see that some of the people I follow and who are prolific also depend on tools like Hootsuite, so I think I’m on the right track with this. This will require further thought.
  • I’d like to put together short videos for social media a la James Schramko, especially on channels I spend more time on (i.e., Twitter). That said, time is of the essence, and I don’t think this is realistic right 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!

P.S. I just launched my new course, the Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass.

This course equips you with practical and timeless mindset advice, along with the skills necessary to make your own way in the music business.

Right now, this course is available for just $9. But it won’t stay that way for long. The price goes up weekly until it reaches full price!

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Weekly Digest: February 6, 2021

Weekly Digest: February 6, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, February 2021No matter who you are, there will be ups and downs in your creative career.

And some weeks, you will question yourself, your direction, and even your aptitude to carry out your grand vision. You may even feel like a helpless baby, incapable of doing the simplest things you’ve trained yourself to do, with years or even decades of experience behind you.

Unaware of what you might be facing, others may begin piling on when you already feel less than your best self, when things in your life are already intense, stressful, or difficult.

You receive the feedback and hold your tongue, even when you feel compelled to defend yourself. Because it’s your mission that drives you. Not your emotions.

But there is one fundamental truth that you should be encouraged by, no matter what challenges you face.

Diamonds are formed pressure.

We must believe that if there is trouble, whatever its depth or extent, there is always an upside and an opportunity of equal proportions waiting to be discovered.

And while we will not find the silver lining instantly, most assuredly it is waiting at the other end of the dark tunnel. The dark tunnel is necessary for our growth. That is what we must believe.

This week, I did not publish a podcast episode. I was dumbfounded by how I was treated by a prospective guest. I also had an unpleasant text conversation with a friend, and my sleeping schedule has been a little out of sorts.

None of which are valid excuses. But given the choice between giving a half-hearted effort or publishing something I can be proud of I will choose the latter every time. And in the future, if I miss a week, you will know why.

I am still learning a great deal, and still adapting to my new schedule, my various projects, as well as a few one-offs that have put a premium on my time.

But I reiterate what I know in my heart to be true – diamonds are formed under pressure.

So, take heart. Whatever you might be going through now is temporary, and you will ultimately be better off for it.

This got kind of long, but with that, I’d like to share what I got up to this week.

David Andrew Wiebe

I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you. And I’m always open to content suggestions.

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:

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

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:

>> Don’t forget to like our Facebook page

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.

Community Spotlight

@iforkswYOSHi has been quite engaged, has retweeted plenty of my tweets, and has even been listening to my podcast. Here’s to you! 😄

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Random Things I Dig

Anything @THETYFRANKEL shares on Twitter. It either makes me laugh or causes me to grow.

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Final Thoughts

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

P.S. I just launched my new course, the Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass.

This course equips you with practical and timeless mindset advice, along with the skills necessary to make your own way in the music business.

Right now, this course is available for just $9. But it won’t stay that way for long. The price goes up weekly until it reaches full price!

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#StrategySunday – January 31, 2021

#StrategySunday – January 31, 2021

This week’s #StrategySunday may seem more subdued than last week’s.

This is true in the sense that the number of items covered are fewer.

But what’s false about this is that, behind the scenes, I’ve got some big things in the works and some important work to share with you in the coming weeks.

So, let’s dive right in to this week’s #StrategySunday, because I’ve got more than my share to work on this week, and I’m sure you’d like to get to the goods yourself!

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I reviewed last week’s notes.
  • I went over my content duties for the week. I’m starting to pick up the slack with content over at Music Entrepreneur HQ, with definite payoff.
  • I identified admin tasks that need to be completed. I’ve been more on top of this lately, which means I’m not overloaded with admin tasks.
  • I reviewed client work. This is an area not previously considered, but now that I have multiple projects on the go, I felt it important to cover and prioritize in my week. This shall be added to future planning sessions.
  • I am handing off podcast editing duties (long overdue), so I speculated on what processes I would need to create for my editor.
  • I went over what I’m looking to accomplish in terms of product development this week. My new course is already live, and I plan to spend as much time as possible promoting it in February. But I’m also looking to work on a new product (planning for a late March launch) while I’m promoting the course.

Lessons

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

  • Launching courses is fun. I want to do more of that.
  • I’m a human being with limited time and energy. There are people around me willing and able to help, and it’s just a matter of setting them up for success.
  • I am getting better at taking my own advice. But there are some things I need to do, that I usually do around the new year, that I haven’t gotten around to yet. I’ve identified these items and plan to find time for them.
  • Engaging in reading and coursework daily is awesome and I have more of a structure for it now. This has a greater long-term benefit on my work than I even realized.

Ideas

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

  • I continue to speculate on automation and what I could do with IFTTT or Zapier.
  • I need to create some canned responses within Gmail. I didn’t even know you could do that, and I know for sure it could save me some time.

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: January 30, 2021

Weekly Digest: January 30, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe: January 2021Your creative life can take many turns, and it can lead to places never anticipated.

I am the prime example. I simply would not have expected that after years of slogging and toughing it out, that I would begin to connect with people like you in 2021.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the more homed in you are on your purpose (the macro), and the clearer you are on the actions that are aligned to your purpose (the micro), the more likely you are to find an audience that connects with your creative work.

No matter how long you’ve been at it, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made to this point, no matter how many false starts you’ve had, just know one thing…

If I can do it, you can do it too.

And with that, I’d like to share with you what’s new this week.

David Andrew Wiebe

I write to inspire creatives and creators just like you. And I’m always open to content suggestions.

Here are the posts that went live this week:

>> Subscribe to the daily blog for creators and creatives

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Music Entrepreneur HQ

I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music. And I’ve been doing it 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

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. No installment this week, though, as I was running into technical problems.

But if you’re a creative, be sure to join The Indie YYC community, as there are always new opportunities available.

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News Break

I have officially begun publishing on News Break, an exciting new local news app.

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

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

Community Spotlight

@Luckyclassy has been highly engaged and supportive as well. Thank you for being a part of the community.

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Random Things I Dig

The Chirr App is awesome for crafting Twitter threads quickly and easily.

Final Thoughts

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

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