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Much of what I’ve accomplished, I’ve only accomplished because I didn’t give up and kept going.
I had to scrap my first book and start over because it was getting too expansive, and it just didn’t resonate with me. It didn’t feel authentic.
If I hadn’t done that, though, I would not have written the best-selling The New Music Industry. I would not have started The New Music Industry Podcast either, which now gets thousands of downloads per month.
I started my career as a composer years ago, in 2009. I shared my creations on YouTube, which mostly went unrecognized. It was basically just an offshoot of the various musical and creative projects I was involved in.
I was fortunate that I had someone in my life who could see the potential in my music and kept championing it against all odds.
As the years went by, I made a few contacts and accumulated a few IMDb credits as an actor and composer. Nothing crazy, just a little bit at a time.
Then, I composed for a short in 2021, which ended up winning the Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards for best original score. 12 years later, I finally became an award-winning composer.
I will be the first to say that it’s not all about perseverance, not giving up, or sticking it through, though I can’t deny that these things are important.
Just as important, though, is being clear on the habits and actions that are in service of your future self. What could you do today to ensure you have something you want tomorrow?
Most things don’t happen in a vacuum and are an accumulation of small decisions made over the course of days, weeks, months, and years.
This either works for us or against us. Not exercising can lead to obesity and other health problems. It won’t happen immediately, but it will build up. Conversely, saving a dollar per day and putting it into the right investment vehicle could lead to long-term prosperity. You won’t become wealthy overnight, but over the long haul? You never know.
So, adopting a long-term mindset and embracing the personal growth journey is the best way to ensure you remain balanced, happy, and healthy. Things are going to happen. Challenges will come your way. But if you recognize that it’s all about who you’re becoming, and what you’re standing for, you’ll keep going even when the going gets rough.
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