Taste Your Self-Destruction

Taste Your Self-Destruction

Many people don’t recognize when life is calling them up to the majors.

They’re stuck in a way of thinking and a way of doing things that has them showing up as unreliable and unstable, not realizing that their way of being is what’s preventing them from finding a job or reliable work.

Entrepreneurs don’t have time to waste. They will find space in their company for sharp, hardworking individuals any day of the week. But they will either ignore or test those who don’t seem to have it together.

How are you showing up? How many calls to the majors have you steamrolled without even realizing it?

Music Isn’t “Fun”

Music Isn’t “Fun”

The projects I take on are often perceived as “fun” or “glamorous,” presumably because they are usually related to music, creativity, performance, or entertainment in some capacity.

But music is not any less work than anything else. You cannot get good at it without treating it like a full-time job, or at the very least, a very serious part-time job.

No one in their right mind says, “after my 9 – 6, I’m going to go home, have supper, and practice my guitar for six hours.” But these are the very virtuosos you see on YouTube, some not even famous. What they’re doing requires an immense amount of focus, dedication, and hard work.

You can’t go to the clubs, hang out with friends, or lay on the beach if you’re practicing guitar six hours per night. Once you’ve paid your dues at the day job, the only thing waiting for you at home is a music stand, your practice material, and maybe a notebook to jot your ideas down.

And if you’ve ever heard a musician practice… oh boy. It looks like playing something the wrong way, repeatedly, for hours, sometimes days (or weeks, or months, or years) on end, until you can finally play it correctly. Talk about agony.

Just because something appears “fun” doesn’t mean it takes any less work. It’s usually the opposite. If you want to become a master of your craft, you can’t let anything get in the way of your commitment. And if you want to stand out in a profession others consider “fun” and “easy,” you can bet you’ve got your work cut out for you.

My projects get done because I take them seriously, just as any entrepreneur would. I no longer think about whether I’m passionate about what I do. I decide to be passionate about what I do, simply because I’m doing it.

Come spend a week with me some time. Then you can be the judge of whether what I do is any fun.

I’ve made a commitment to creating the life I love through my creativity. And that means doing whatever it takes. If I have fun along the way, I count it as a bonus. But it doesn’t mean I don’t encounter challenges or go through an array or emotions as I’m doing it (I’ve simply found that being emotional about everything wastes precious energy). I’m human. I go through everything you can imagine me going through.

An unreasonable commitment to showing up and doing the work is what has gotten me to where I am. Without integrity in what I do, I would not even enjoy the humble success I have today. And I am nothing if not a work in progress when it comes to integrity.

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook v0.7

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook v0.7

Buyers of the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook were treated to an early, near-complete version of the book inside the membership today.

Why v0.7?

I’ve been making huge strides with the book in the last couple of weeks, only to realize:

  • There’s still so much more content I want to add.
  • Some of the content deserves an extra coat of polish.
  • I’d like to spend a little more time developing the design, formatting, and layout of the book.
  • The resources section needs to be built out in full.

It is supposed to be a premium book, after all.

But I wanted to be a man of my word (I said that the book would be ready as early as February 20), which is why I released v0.7, sneak preview edition!

But… it doesn’t stop there! 🧀

Early adopters of the Blackbook were also treated to 14 bonus videos on productivity, performance, and profits. And there will be more bonus deliverables.

Yep. No waiting. You can access these videos right away if you purchase the book.

Starting to feel like you may have missed out? Yeah, I hear you. 👂

I have good news, though…

You can still get the book and all the bonuses for just $10 USD (regular $57 USD) if you order between now and February 28, 2023.

After that, the price goes up to $57 USD (it’s worth every penny, mind you…).

But there’s still time to be an early adopter. So, don’t wait.

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook members area

Inside the members area…

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few questions that came through. Let’s tackle them! 💪

So, is v1.0 still coming?

Yes, of course it is!

Will there be a paperback or hardcover edition of the book?

It largely depends on demand. So far, everyone’s been quite happy with the digital edition.

But if you’re interested in a physical version, do let me know!

Will the book and all associated bonuses be rolled into Elite Players: All Access Pass membership?

Yes, it will! And the price of membership will remain the same.

What’s the end game here? This is not just a book, is it?

Okay, you got me. The book is loaded with valuable content, and you’re not obligated to purchase a thing more. But there is more coming. I don’t have an “end game,” per se, but as I continue to climb this mountain, I am seeing further.

And here is what I’m starting to see:

  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits audiobook
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits interviews
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits newsletter
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits challenge
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits course
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits coaching
  • The Productivity, Performance & Profits mastermind

Will I really be creating all that? Well, only time will tell. But the ideas are flowing.

Either way, the time to get in on this is NOW.

Remember – you can still get the book and associated bonuses for just $10 USD until February 28, 2023.

281 – Death by 1,000 Arrows

281 – Death by 1,000 Arrows

Success in music hinges on a strong mindset, because inevitably there will be challenge and rejection to endure. The pressure to quit will always get the best of you unless you’ve got your psychology together.

But what happens when you’ve been pushed so close to the edge that taking an involuntary leap into the great unknown is a foregone conclusion? What happens when a gentle shove is all it takes for you to plummet into the abyss?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, David shares what “death by 1,000 arrows” is and how it can be avoided.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:17 – Success is an inside job
  • 01:25 – What is “death by 1,000 arrows?”
  • 02:27 – Star of the Giants (Kyojin no Hoshi)
  • 03:38 – Real life examples of death by 1,000 arrows
  • 05:11 – Everything is what it is
  • 06:37 – The best way to avoid death by 1,000 arrows
  • 07:27 – Expansion

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Weekend Reflections: February 20, 2022

Weekend Reflections: February 20, 2022

Today’s reflection prompt is this:

What recurring patterns have you observed in your life that you no longer wish to repeat?

It’s often been said that if you keep encountering the same challenges, you’re at the source of the challenges.

And if you’ve never heard that before, then I may have just rattled your brain.

We repeat the same unwanted patterns repeatedly, with remarkable insanity.

What do you do when you’ve identified a pattern you don’t want to perpetuate anymore?

Do you have a pattern interrupt you can turn to, a way to catch yourself in the act early, a means to prevent the unwanted well in advance of it unfolding?

Or are you comfortable living out different iterations of the same people, events, and circumstances?

Choosing a new action is difficult. You can’t just expect to make the right decision in the moment.

What’s required is an identity shift. A new way of thinking about yourself. “I’m the kind of person who…”

Finish that sentence with the kind of person you want to become, and then begin living as if it’s true. It will become true.