Closing the Chapter on 2022

Closing the Chapter on 2022

What is one thing most people rarely if ever do? Cause completion in their lives.

Unless you’re familiar with the work of author and lecturer Werner Erhard, the concept itself may seem elusive. But the idea is this – we go through our whole lives with baggage thinking we’re obligated to carry with us every tragedy, trauma, and tribulation we’ve experienced.

This guide is about closing the chapter on 2022, but the reality is, most of us have baggage from the distant past we’ve never completed. Why? Because we don’t get into conversation about our incompletes, and because we don’t declare incompletes complete.

But closing the chapter on 2022 is as good a place to start as any. Don’t drag last year into this year. Let this year be a fresh year, especially if you didn’t get along with 2022.

Here is a regimen I’ve adopted for myself and have kept to since 2014 – answering seven simple questions for the sake of completion.

7 Questions to Close the Chapter on Another Year

The following questions were masterfully crafted by leadership trainer Michael Hyatt. My intention wasn’t ever to co-opt them, but I feel like I may have. I think they are great questions, which is why I’ve stuck with them.

Don’t just watch from the sidelines, though. Get on the court of life. Read my answers, and after you’ve had some time to reflect, answer them for yourself too. You’ll be better off for it.

If the last year were a movie in your life, what would the genre be?

Action crime comedy in the vein of 21 Jump Street, or really any movie of its kind where a lot of things go wrong and obstacle after obstacle shows up to frustrate the protagonist.

In June, I embraced the nomadic life once again, not expecting it to last until present day. Things were going relatively smoothly until about mid-September when I began promoting Elite Players: Newsletter. Here’s the obstacle course I found myself navigating:

  • A prospective girlfriend called me up to let me know she was dating someone else
  • I met a lovely woman and started looking for a home in South Surrey
  • A prospective landlord on Facebook was jealous of my self-employed status and wouldn’t go through the application process with me
  • I nearly got scammed by a prospective landlord – if I hadn’t backed out of the agreement at the last minute, I would have lost a lot of money and probably most of my belongings
  • I ended up having to get my bank card replaced thrice because of the fraudulent rental incident (suddenly, I couldn’t make online payments anymore)
  • I nearly ended up with nowhere to stay one night
  • While staying with a friend in Vancouver, I got sued by a credit card company
  • I filed for consumer proposal
  • My car battery died while I was staying in Murrayville, and I later ended up having to get it replaced before my journey to Calgary
  • I hurt my lower back during the first days of rehearsal for The 3 Project

When all is said and done, though, it’s been smoother sailing since the completion of The 3 Project. I don’t know why that is.

Presently, I feel like I’m getting a fresh start, especially in business and finances, and I don’t intend to waste the opportunity.

What were the two or three major themes that kept recurring?

Honestly, life felt a little out of control this past year. I made progress in key areas, but I was doing it all while navigating the obstacle course just referenced. The podcast suffered as result.

Also, I’ve been balancing my life as a freelancer and entrepreneur for years, and most of 2022 was not a great year for progressing in the direction of my dreams. Every time I took a step forward, I felt like I was taking at least three steps back.

What did you accomplish this year that you are most proud of?

  • My ongoing publishing efforts. I stopped blogging daily in May, only to return to the habit in September.
  • Launching the PDF Vault.
  • Launching The Most Incredible Back to School Bundle.
  • Launching The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide (even though it has become somewhat of a source of confusion for Amazon KDP bots).
  • Launching Elite Players: Newsletter.
  • Finishing the manuscript for The Renegade Musician.
  • Being the associate producer, web developer, marketing strategist, and lighting and PowerPoint tech for The 3 Project.

What do you feel you should have been acknowledged for but weren’t?

  • I haven’t received any acknowledgement for The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide let alone any feedback.
  • Streaming on BIGO LIVE.
  • My stunning good looks. 🤣 Scratch that, I was totally acknowledged for it.

What disappointments did you experience this past year?

  • My financial life. It started spiraling out of control with the scammers I referenced earlier, and it led me to the point of filing for consumer proposal. Honestly, I’m still dizzied just thinking about it. Fortunately, it’s giving me a fresh start.
  • My business life. I invested heavily in myself, in my education, and in my growth. And while self-improvement helped me overcome many challenges, it didn’t necessarily help with having a breakthrough in my business life. I think it may have planted some seeds, though.
  • My romantic life. Ultimately, not much came of the few chance meetings I had.

What was missing from last year as you look back?

Unlike last year, I got to travel, eat great food, go on an adventure, and perform a few times. There was even some movement in my romantic life. Not bad!

I have this strange feeling that whatever happened last year was supposed to happen, and I probably couldn’t have prevented any of it to begin with.

But it’s safe to say I’ve been missing a permanent residence since June, and I’ve had to improvise, problem solve, and make do with Airbnbs, hotels, and couch surfing.

What were the major life-lessons you learned this past year?

  • Sadly, you can’t trust everyone. We’re in difficult times, and there are entitled scammers at every turn. If you’re not careful, you can be taken advantage of.
  • Reading gets you into flow. It helps you generate relevant ideas, even when the subject matter isn’t connected in any way to the ideas you’re coming up with.
  • I am sublime at what I do. I just need more visibility! 😉
  • Giving is powerful. Some of the most successful people give. A lot. It creates flow in life.

Additional Resources

Do you want to get complete with 2022? Leave behind some baggage so you can have a fresh start in 2023?

You’ll enjoy Start Your Year the Right Way, an inspirational book with plenty of prompts to help you process everything that has and hasn’t happened in your life.

You can also hire me as your personal coach at a premium. If you’d like to see whether there’s a good fit, get in touch. I don’t respond immediately to most emails but do prioritize potential clients.

Past Reflections

I have been consistent in sharing my reflections since 2014. Self-indulgent, perhaps, but if you found this reading valuable, you will find these articles beneficial also:

Closing the Chapter on 2014
Closing the Chapter on 2015
Closing the Chapter on 2016
Closing the Chapter on 2017
Closing the Chapter on 2018
Closing the Chapter on 2019
Closing the Chapter on 2020
Closing the Chapter on 2021

Final Thoughts

If you want to get complete with events from the past, now is the time to do it. Don’t put it off. 2023 can and will be an incredible year if you do the work of closing the chapter on 2022.

Here’s wishing you the best in 2023 and beyond!

Music Entrepreneur HQ Update: November 4, 2022

Music Entrepreneur HQ Update: November 4, 2022

There are a ton of new developments at Music Entrepreneur HQ.

In this video, David gets us caught up with some of the most exciting developments and opportunities for independent musicians, professors, executives, entrepreneurs, and more.

New Menu

Many people coming to our website for the first time are landing on one of our blog posts. That being the case, they’re not necessarily seeing the many opportunities we have available here at Music Entrepreneur HQ.

Our new menu focuses a little less on the content side of things (you can still find everything under the blog tab), while emphasizing things like:

  • Free resources (more to come)
  • Books
  • Newsletters
  • Courses
  • Academy

We’re still in the process of developing many new pages.

If you are ever taken to Content Marketing Musician through any of our links, know that it’s safe and under our jurisdiction. Also see an earlier post:

Is Content Marketing Musician Owned by Music Entrepreneur HQ?

New Free Resources

While not covered in the video, we do have plans of adding, replacing, and updating resources that have been temporarily removed from the website.

For instance, we used to have a Neil Patel style guide on 55 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Music Blog. We’ll be updating and adding this resource again soon.

New Blog Page

As of this writing, this is still a work in progress. We’ll be adding a sidebar so you can more easily find what you’re looking for.

Elite Players: Newsletter

Our print newsletter is finally here!

We didn’t want to launch with just the newsletter, though, so we launched with two new books as well:

  • The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide (the Kindle version is already available, and we’re ironing out some kinks with the paperback and hardcover versions as we speak)
  • The Renegade Musician (anticipated launch date is December 1, 2022)

But this isn’t all the newsletter comes with if you’re one of the early adopters. To learn more, visit the info page.

Also see a recent blog update:

New Book & Newsletter Available

279 – Marketing is Fun

279 – Marketing is Fun

Do you find marketing boring, complicated, challenging, difficult, tedious, irritating, or otherwise unappealing?

Hey, I get it. I was once a musician just like you…

(Wait, hold on, I’m still a musician just like you.)

I’ve said before that you are the most qualified person to do your own marketing, and I still believe that…

But I also think it can be A LOT of fun! Honestly, if it’s not fun, you’re probably overthinking the process or trying to be a perfectionist.

It might sound crazy, but the only thing separating you from the best marketers is that they got started and stayed started.

There’s not a whole lot to it – make your best guesses as to what your audience will respond to, throw a bunch of stuff against the wall, notice what sticks, and track what works! The best marketers don’t have a more detailed plan than that.

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, David shares how to make marketing more fun.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:18 – Marketing is fun?
  • 01:33 – Marketing can be a game
  • 02:23 – The “why” of marketing
  • 03:53 – The foundation of good marketing
  • 05:28 – Getting into the habit of showing up
  • 06:34 – The game of life and marketing
  • 07:19 – Something new and exciting

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New Book & Newsletter Available

New Book & Newsletter Available

Hello independent musicians, music entrepreneurs, music executives and professors, all you powerful go-getters out there! Here are a couple of recent relevant updates, straight from my mobile lab and desk:

New Book – The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide

First, I’m excited to announce the launch of The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide, now available on Amazon as a Kindle.

The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide

Paperback and hardcover versions will also be available soon, upon Amazon KDP’s approval.

Print Newsletter – Elite Players: Newsletter

At long last, launch day has arrived. Elite Players: Newsletter is here, and we’re accepting orders for a limited time.

Elite Players: Newsletter

When I say, “limited time,” I simply mean this – we’ll be closing orders the day we launch the first newsletter.

Subscriptions aren’t available yet, but they will be after the publishing of our first two newsletters.

Here’s what’s included in this offer:

  • The first two issues of the Elite Players: Newsletter
  • Four group Q&A and coaching sessions
  • Lifetime access to Members Only Audios
  • Physical, hardcover copy of The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide
  • Physical, hardcover copy of The Renegade Musician

How much does this all cost? When will all the materials be delivered? What can you expect from the newsletter?

These and other questions are all answered on the Elite Players: Newsletter page.

The Renegade Musician?

I started preparing two books for our October 31 launch, not just one.

The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide was already finished when we began promoting the newsletter, but The Renegade Musician was only about a third done at the time.

I pressed into the writing and editing of The Renegade Musician over the course of the last couple of months, and the manuscript is fast nearing completion at over 64,000 words!

I couldn’t quite get it all done in time, but if you order the Elite Players: Newsletter, we will deliver the book to you as soon as it becomes available.

The anticipated launch date for The Renegade Musician is December 1, but god willing, it will be available sooner than that!

Your Support is Appreciated

Promoting a book or an offer is never a matter of “see how hard we can push” and “let’s blow up our following and lists with news blasts!”

Without the customer, we are reduced to nothing. David Andrew Wiebe is only a best-selling author because of his readers. Period.

(Forgive the third-person reference here.)

In getting the word out about the new books and newsletter, we’re asking for your support, and we are making some big asks, too!

That said, there are also some cool opportunities available for those looking to grow their income.

Here’s our request to you:

  • Purchase the Kindle version of The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide so you can start devouring it while you wait for the physical versions to arrive
  • Leave a review for the book on Amazon
  • Share The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide on social media
  • Purchase Elite Players: Newsletter
  • Share the Elite Players: Newsletter page on social media and with your friends
  • You can become an affiliate and earn commissions on Elite Players: Newsletter – contact me if you’re interested
  • If you’ve got a Facebook group, blog, podcast, or YouTube channel, share The Music Entrepreneur Companion Guide and Elite Players: Newsletter with your followers
  • If you’re a journalist, editor, curator, program director, host, or media interested in covering this story, contact me immediately

We look forward to collaborating with you.

Where to Find Me Today: September 29, 2022

Where to Find Me Today: September 29, 2022

And I’m back with another episode of “where you can find me today.”

As with yesterday, there’s plenty of fresh ink I’m proud to share. You’ll find links to all the posts below.

And if you were in Burnaby today, you may have caught me at Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood hanging out with my friends. This was a rather rare outing, but it ended up being a ton of fun.

Tomorrow isn’t necessarily shaping up to be a big day, but it’s already after midnight, I’ve got an early meeting, and I will probably engage in a ton of marketing activity. So, I’m off to bed for now, but I look forward to connecting with you again on the final day of September.

Fresh Ink

Also peruse my various social media channels, all linked below.

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