August 2020 is finished, and that means it’s time for another exciting life update!
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn
This is not at all the summer I was expecting or looking forward to (mostly because of COVID), but otherwise it was pleasant and stretching in all the right ways.
Here’s what happened in my life in August 2020:
Past Life Updates
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August 2020 at a Glance
August 2020 was the month of discipline and habit.
Much of my time went towards coursework and building my business.
I had a launch that didn’t go according to plain in July, though I was prepared for that outcome. And I didn’t dwell on it. I dove right into the next thing, which was mostly self-education.
Because I had started publishing daily at the end of July, that became a rather strong focus throughout August. I did not miss a day.
The result was change and growth.
I came out on the other end much more confident in my own abilities to make my dreams a reality. And I started getting out of my own way.
It’s crazy how easy it can be to get wrapped up in what you might think of as your own “genius”, but when you realize the wheels don’t need reinventing, all you truly need to do is follow a plan. Stick to the daily disciplines instead of trying to solve the world’s problems.
My birthday also came and went. It wasn’t a super special day by any means, but I did go to a Brazilian steakhouse with my best friend.
New Music in August 2020
Although I don’t have anything new to report on, I have been working on another solo single in addition to the comedic tribute to the 80s project I’ve been working on for a while.
New Blog Posts in July 2020
Until recently, most of my publishing has been on my personal blog or Medium. I’m planning to move that back over here to Music Entrepreneur HQ (now that I’m much clearer on my direction).
Repairing the foundation of the business continues, but overall I’m happy to report I’m seeing far more engagement, traffic, and sales.
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New Podcast Episodes in August 2020
I’ve been tempted to put the podcast on hold multiple times this year, but somehow, I powered on through and managed to put together these episodes to continue to feed your addiction.
201 – When it’s Time to Pivot
Earlier, I mentioned the fact that I’ve been repairing the foundation of my business, and this episode of the podcast will give you a better idea of what’s been going on.
Also, if you’ve been trying something for a while and it just hasn’t been working, it may be time to consider pivoting, and this episode will fill you in on the details.
202 – 4 Ways to Integrate Music with Business Sooner
So, you’ve probably heard that it’s important to embrace the business side of music. But it’s easy to get stuck in that process.
In this episode of the podcast, I share how you can get up and running faster.
203 – Social Media Marketing for Musicians in 2020, 2021 & Beyond
Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to building a music career. But there are some common mistakes that need to be avoided if you want to make the most of it.
In this episode, I share some of my own thoughts on the matter, as well as what content marketing expert Joe Pulizzi had to say about it.
204 – 5 Challenges Lifestyle Musicians Face
Looking to create the life you want through music? Not exactly easy, is it?
In this episode, I reveal some of the top challenges you’re bound to face as you become the architect of your destiny.
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At the end of July, I started publishing daily on Medium (as of this writing, I’ve been going for 45 consecutive days).
Somewhere amid that, I started publishing on my personal blog as well.
That meant I was publishing twice per day for a while (three times per day on days when I had a podcast episode go live)!
I decided that was kind of crazy.
So, I thought of a different, more sensible approach. I started publishing to my personal blog and syndicated the posts to Medium. After all, they let you do that!
That also means, in future life updates, I’ll probably be reporting on my stats rather than new stories on Medium.
Anyway, there are a few stories I wrote that are exclusive to Medium, so I’ll link them up here:
- Advice I would pass onto my 20-year-old self
- The pros and cons of constant reinvention
- 4 toxic mistakes to avoid when writing copy
- How I ended up in business
- What is happiness?
- Is there a difference between music entrepreneurship and musician entrepreneurship?
- Closing soon
- If you want to succeed in music, don’t be this guy
- I want to show my choir singers which parts to sing – what instrument should I learn?
- What frog will you eat daily?
- I want you to see this
- How do I get started in music entrepreneurship?
Conclusion, August 2020
In August 2020, I found a sense of confidence I hadn’t felt in a while. And it was apparent to my mastermind group and friends.
This had a lot to do with the coursework I did and the possibilities I started to see for myself.
This road has been difficult at times. Not everything has gone according to plan. And I’ve had to dive in and do some insanely hard work (repairing the foundations of a business is no laughing matter).
But here I am. I’m persevering. And I see myself getting to exactly where I want to be in less than a year from now.
Thanks for reading. See you again soon!