People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
So, we need to shift our thinking from how to get something, to how we can give and be of service to others. How can we contribute?
I’m not talking about being a doormat. I’m talking about being considerate.
You don’t know what people might be going through on a given day. Their pet could have died. They could have had caffeine-fueled insomnia the night before. Maybe a family member fell ill.
So, making requests of others should never be taken lightly. We should always be thinking about how to have requests show up as opportunities for others. Otherwise, we get stuck in a space of convincing and commanding, and generally there’s nothing inspiring about that type of communication.
Now, you might think that being considerate should be kind of obvious or commonsense, but in a world where we’ve basically been trained to be narcissistic consumers, we’ve got to interrupt the pattern and be more conscious about caring.
No matter someone else’s values or beliefs, they are never less or more important than you are. That type of thinking is exactly what leads to discrimination, and it can happen to anyone of any race at any time – not just the people who scream the loudest about it.
Do you want to be a victim, or do you want to make a difference in this world? It’s two very different vantage points, and I would suggest the latter is the more compassionate choice.
Frankly, we don’t care about others. We only care about ourselves and what we’re going to get. And I can tell you right now that type of communication isn’t considerate, helpful, or value-adding.
This might seem like an odd thing to talk about, and it gets weird headed when we try to force reciprocation through good behavior. But fundamentally we will get more of what we want out of this life if we create mutually beneficial opportunities instead of always trying to get what we want.We will get more of what we want out of this life if we create mutually beneficial opportunities instead of always trying to get what we want. Click To Tweet
Remember… you never know what others are going through. And so, creating from a space of opportunity is considerate. Convincing, commanding, and coercing is not. That’s not showing empathy let alone sympathy to anyone.
And more than ever, we need to be a stand for unity and connection, not for division.
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