Weekly Digest: May 22, 2021

Weekly Digest: May 22, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021You can’t please everyone.

As artists, we tend to be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others. We try to make sure everyone around us is okay before we even worry about how we might be doing.

But no matter how much you wish your kind gestures were acknowledged, your goodwill reciprocated, your generosity received, there will always be those with a forked tongue ready to cut you down to size.

You will be quick to blame yourself, of course. Wonder what you did wrong. Wonder what you could have done better. And you might keep turning those thoughts over in your head until you feel a sense of relief. It’s painful, and often fruitless, as our offenders quickly forget what has already been resolved in their minds.

You don’t know what’s going on in their world or the kind of day they’ve had. You haven’t the faintest clue how they interpreted your words or how they made them feel.

The thing is, you’re doing the best you can, especially considering the constraints you’ve lived with your whole life. It’s not as though people take the time to understand before they accuse you of wrongdoing. They just go right ahead and lay into you with their resentment and insecurities.

It can be tough, but I’m not here to offer strategies and tactics on how to navigate this minefield. Honestly, you should just keep being who you are, regardless of what anyone says. The offense lies with the person who felt it, not with you.

But it is important to realize that you don’t always need to be so selfless. You can’t give out of scarcity – you can only give out of overflow. Whenever you feel tempted to try to please everyone, ask yourself, “am I overflowing with gifts to give?”

Relationships, in any dimension, aren’t always easy. Some of your greatest disappointments, sadly, will come through those you know, like, and trust most. What matters most is that you carry on. You can achieve at the level you desire and make your vision a reality with or without them. You need to be that strong.

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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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

I’ve been helping Wellspring Gems with their current charitable efforts.

Featured Product

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.

#StrategySunday – May 16, 2021

#StrategySunday – May 16, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

Systems are there to serve you. You’re not there to serve them.

Which is why this week’s #StrategySunday is different.

I’m taking a strategic break from the usual rigmarole of trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Instead, I’m looking at how to cut back on current responsibilities for the sake of my own health and well-being.

I’m planning to take a 10-break at the beginning of June.

But even leading up to that point, I will be keeping a close watch on my energies. I’m even looking at taking a sabbatical from Twitter and Music Entrepreneur HQ.

This will not be effective immediately, nor will it be permanent, as I have some work left to complete. But suffice it to say I won’t be putting any extra effort into these channels for a few weeks.

I do have other projects and staff writing duties to tend to until I go on break, so I will be prioritizing these, while ensuring that I spend more time resting.

I look forward to getting back to the work that matters to me and inspires you. But first, I need to recharge.

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!

Weekly Digest: May 15, 2021

Weekly Digest: May 15, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021It’s been roughly 19 months since I left Calgary.

I came to Abbotsford knowing that I’d made the right choice. The move wasn’t smooth, orderly, or easy. But I was following a calling, and there were more than a few signs along the way showing that I was on the right track.

Before I could even begin to appreciate my new surroundings, though, I found myself processing and mourning all that had just transpired in the last year, basically in a whirlwind.

Our family dog, Kenji, passed. I left behind a city full of friends and family, and even opportunity. I gave away, sold, or stored away most of my belongings. And the wounds from my previous relationship were still fresh.

I’d moved to Abbotsford to connect and collaborate with friends, but early attempts were mostly disastrous. Still, because I was planning to travel the world, I didn’t have any sense of attachment to projects gone awry.

Then, of course, the pandemic came along. I ended up being locked down in Calgary for about three months while visiting. In June, I finally made my way back to Abbotsford.

Once I got back, I spent quite a bit of time with my friends in Vancouver, at least to the extent that I could, but there were still lonely stretches, especially in the last four months or so of the year.

Things started to change in 2021. Relationships that were previously strained began to blossom. Collaborative opportunities began lining up. And, as you might gather from some of my publishing efforts this week, I started to gain a better sense of my identity and what I’m here for.

The point is that maybe you’re exactly where you need to be right now.

It’s often been said that timing is everything, and that’s exactly what I’ve been discovering in the last few months. If I had based my entire experience of Abbotsford and Vancouver on the first 12 months, I would have only affirmed the temporary nature of my stay. But I would have missed all that is unfolding now.

Things may not be going the way you thought they would. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t exactly where you need to be. Maybe it’s just a matter of timing.

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

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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>> Write for News Break

Random Things I Dig

Shakepay is great for anyone looking to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum in Canada.

Featured Product

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.

Will you empower yourself?

>> Click HERE to transform your music career

The Renegade Musician

Final Thoughts

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

My Forthcoming Newsletter, Fusion One

My Forthcoming Newsletter, Fusion One

I’ve been preparing to launch my new paid newsletter, Fusion One, and I’m just about ready to share the link with you.

The logo has been designed…

The first issue is written…

And all the various order and confirmation pages are good to go.

So, today I thought I would offer a primer to the new newsletter.

Here’s What Fusion One is About

What are you looking to achieve as a creative or creator?

What do you struggle with most on that path to creating the results you want in life?

Have you struggled with trying to build an audience? Do you have trouble staying disciplined in bringing your projects to completion? Does it seem like you’re working much too hard for the income you’re earning? Have you ever wanted to write a book, but just never got around to it? Maybe you just need help growing your blog, podcast, or YouTube channel.

I’ve encountered all the challenges and obstacles you can name. I’ve even documented some of them on my blog. Which is exactly why I want to pay it forward and show you how I’ve been able to accomplish what I’ve been able to accomplish.

If you’ve enjoyed any of the content I regularly share on my blog and my Twitter profile, I have no doubt this will be of interest to you.

In Fusion One you will learn:

  • How to self-publish and take your books to best-seller status
  • How to get over 70,000 downloads for your podcast
  • How to grow your email list to over 5,000 subscribers
  • How to create a $6,000/month income working from home
  • And more

But most importantly, I want to answer your questions. I want to write what you want to read about. I want to entertain, educate, and inspire you. And I want to utilize my various talents and skills to do it (illustration, graphics, humor, writing, and more).

All this will be available for a low monthly cost.

Why Fusion One?

Honestly, I just wanted to call it Creative Alchemist. Unfortunately, the domain is already registered, and there is a book by the same name as well.

So, Fusion One basically carries the same sentiment and meaning overall, but it’s a catchier, Medium publication style name.

Conclusion

I’m not asking for a commitment from you today. I just wanted to let you know what’s right around the corner.

I will be participating in ConvertKit’s Paid Newsletter Challenge for the month of May, and I’m excited about getting this thing off the ground.

But if you could do just one thing for me…

If you’re reading this right now, and think you might be interested in Fusion One, could you leave a comment saying, “I’m interested!” below?

This will let me know whether I’m on the right track or if I’m just out to lunch.

Thank you!

For more inspiration, be sure to sign up for my email list.

#StrategySunday – May 9, 2021

#StrategySunday – May 9, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

This is already shaping up to be a big week in terms of content, projects, and meetings, so let me get right to the point (especially since last week’s #StrategySunday was as good as non-existent).

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. There’s quite a bit on the list, especially since I’m looking to launch my paid newsletter as soon as possible. But I did get a head start to the week by scheduling all my tweets.
  • I reviewed my projects for the week. The workload is looking kind of heavy, but fortunately, most projects should not require a huge investment of time and effort. There is one that will take up a few hours this week though.
  • I went over my musical projects. I’m mostly up to date, and don’t have multiple projects to work on at present. I’m just trying to get my arrangement of a certain hymn done.
  • I reviewed my admin responsibilities for the week. The to-do list has grown again, though most of it shouldn’t take up too much time.
  • I went over my meetings for the week. I’ve got more meetings than usual, but there is only one that should require preparation.

Lessons

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

  • My business dipped a bit in April, so for a hot minute I went into my default mode of scrambling. But it was only a matter of a week or two before things started sorting themselves out. So, what I realized through that experience is that it’s better to remain consistent and steady than to begin running around like a headless chicken, even when it seems like things are going awry. There are always more opportunities around the corner. I’ve now realized this at a deeper level.

Ideas

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

  • I had the thought to turn #StrategySunday lessons into Instagram posts. I think there might be some potential there.

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!

For more inspiration, be sure to sign up for my email list.

Weekly Digest: May 8, 2021

Weekly Digest: May 8, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, May 2021Not all to-do items should be treated with the same level of urgency or respect.

All too often, as creatives and creators, we end up focusing more on appearing busy than stopping to think about what would make the biggest difference in our careers or lives. Because determining high impact actions requires more work than we’re often prepared to do, and besides, it forces us to remain in suspended inaction until we can identify those elusive difference making plans. So, we cling to busyness. Enlightenment can wait.

If we fail to identify the cost of busyness, though, we’ll never realize the benefits of homing in on singular – or at the very least a small handful of – actions that make lesser tasks irrelevant.

Last night, one of my friends called me up and shared that she had been meditating, which gave her the inspiration to act. Only, as she looked at her to-do list with new eyes, she began to realize there was nothing on her list that was going to create major forward momentum in her business let alone breakthrough.

And so often, this is exactly how our to-do lists look – just that we don’t notice.

The cost of busyness isn’t just time wasted on lesser tasks when you could have allocated the same time to more critical ones. It’s loss of opportunity and revenue, increased frustration (because of lackluster results), and most importantly, rising stress levels and a creepy crawl towards burnout boulevard.

But knowingness doesn’t result in action. For example, just because you know how to get in shape (as we all do), doesn’t mean you’re committed to those actions.

And so, we must sit with this issue of high impact actions, because knowledge alone doesn’t result in transformation.

Although this is a much longer conversation, I would argue that a good place to look is in your communication. How are you communicating, and who are you communicating with?

If the answer is “I don’t know” and “not many people,” then is it any wonder new doors aren’t opening in your life?

We need to be more intentional. And our answers to these questions need to be more exact. Because therein lies the secret to our overall effectiveness.

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

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

Community Spotlight

@ivanna_wendel has been liking quite a few of my tweets as of late. Thank you for engaging!

>> Be sure to follow me on Twitter and join in on the action

Random Things I Dig

The new Music Entrepreneur HQ design. It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting easier than ever to find what you’re looking for on the site.

Featured Product

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.

Will you empower yourself?

>> Click HERE to transform your music career

The Renegade Musician

Final Thoughts

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