Finding a Lasting Solution

Finding a Lasting Solution

If you’re going to talk about a problem, the responsible thing to do is to bring a solution to the table.

Throughout human history, we’ve succeeded at replacing or augmenting old technologies, not by rehashing the problem, but by focusing on the solution.

Horse buggies were replaced by cars, which are more efficient at taking us from one place to another. A power grid that was predominantly reliant on coal power was augmented by nuclear, wind, hydro, and solar power solutions. These are not perfect solutions, but modern society as we know it would not exist without them.

Today, we seem to be going about it all backwards. “We need to replace plastic,” we say. But we don’t have any meaningful solutions. We say, “let’s use paper instead.” But paper is only marginally more replenishable than plastic, and we’re repeatedly hearing issues of rainforests going extinct.

We end up wasting precious energy creating new solutions when energy is apparently already a concern. New solutions often come with enormous costs that end up negating their much-touted benefits.

You can’t just stop doing something because it was deemed bad. You need a workable replacement and a strategy for implementation. Ironically, replacements always come with their own issues too. It’s never “the best.” It’s always “the best we have right now.”

What problems are you seeing? Have you identified a meaningful solution? Do you have an implementation strategy? Are you too quick to throw out the best you have right now to expend energy you don’t have creating new solutions that may have their own drawbacks?

Weekly Digest: May 7, 2022

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Getting it Dialed in

Getting it Dialed in

Life is flowing. Energy is moving. Blessings are closing in.

I’ve heard entrepreneurs talk about this phenomena before. And now I can recognize it when it shows up.

When everything feels like it’s dialed in, you’re not looking for ways to improve or optimize your routine. You’re looking for ways to stay consistent. Keep up what you’re doing because you know it’s working.

Many things in my life are getting dialed in. Some are in the process of getting dialed in (and they’re almost there – I can feel it!). And all I’m looking to do now is stay consistent.

I can’t say that I’ve never experienced flow like this before. But after years of stagnation, I honestly didn’t expect for it to show up again. I didn’t think it would change. Crazy how the human mind works. Crazy how easily we adapt to our personal hells.

I’m beyond grateful. And whatever crazy thing I’m doing that’s working, whatever is connecting with people, I want to keep doing it.

Make the Leap

Make the Leap

You want your life to change. You’re tired of the same old, same old. You don’t feel like you’re advancing in any area of life, even though you feel as though you’ve never worked harder.

You’re chasing a breakthrough. A sign – any kind of sign – that shows you you’re on the right path. Even a small return on time, effort, and energy would give you the sense that what you’re doing is worth doing. It would give you the inspiration and energy to continue, to persevere.

I have some words for anyone in this position – make the leap.

This may strike you as ambiguous, yet, without saying a word more, you probably have a sense of what I’m talking about.

That’s because what’s holding you back has been a long-time companion on your journey. It’s just that you’ve ignored it, avoided it, or have tried to bottle it up.

You’re sure to have a better sense of what that is than I. It might be a conversation you need to have. A course you’ve been wanting to take. A step you need to take in life.

Whatever it is, you’ve been avoiding it for a while. At first, you were avoiding it consciously. Then, it became unconscious.

Occasionally, it rears its ugly head just to remind you of its presence, and you feel a tightness in your heart or a pang in your stomach. Which is why you avoid it.

It’s time to make the leap.

It’s a leap of faith if there ever was one, but the moment you take it, you realize there were safety nets all around you. You just couldn’t see them from your vantage point.

The moment you make the leap, there will be a shift in energy. You will begin to see flow in your life again. Things envisioned, imagined, prayed for, hoped for, longed for, yearned for, and worked towards, will begin to show up in your world.

It’s as if a pool of blessings is finally released. A dam broken. A payment held in escrow finally released.

When you finally make the leap, whatever you’ve been avoiding doesn’t seem scary anymore. You begin to achieve a greater sense of peace and calm about your life.

And that makes it easier to navigate new challenges as they arise. Because you realize everything you’ve been working towards is on the other side of making the leap.

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4 Challenges Musician Entrepreneurs Face & How to Overcome Them

Hey, music entrepreneur! Today, we’re going to look at some of the biggest challenges musician entrepreneurs face as they’re looking to get established in the music industry.

This post comes to us via Rana Tarakji, who’s shared her wisdom with us before.

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With that, here’s Rana!

Being a musician entrepreneur is not the easiest thing in the world. You see, while most people get to be clear-cut employees, employers, or business owners, a musician entrepreneur often must be all of these at the same time.

Does this sound difficult? Absolutely! In fact, here are just some of the challenges musician entrepreneurs encounter and a few suggestions on how to overcome them.

1. There Are Just Too Many Hats to Wear!

As mentioned, musician entrepreneurs (especially independents) have a lot of hats to wear. As artists, they must generate ideas and produce and record their own music.  As businessmen/businesswomen, they must figure out a way to market their music, maintain an online presence, and hopefully, keep customers wanting more.

Moreover, the skills necessary for performing each role requires mastery, time and patience. Editing your music, for example, requires knowing how to work with (at the very least) one DAW software and one video editing application.

There’s also labeling and business-related skills like negotiating. To add to the complexity, if you’re using a website to promote your music, you will also need some tech skills to establish and keep an online presence.

This can get very stressful at times, so you need to be patient. Do not expect any quick bucks from being a musician entrepreneur, especially if you are not willing to ask for help from the start. Accept the fact that you will need to learn how to play each role first before you see any return on your investments.

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In other words, if you are already an accomplished musician, then you should keep on composing and compiling demos until you fully master editing.

Afterward, study the business side of things – marketing, distribution and building your network. Then you can move on to mastering SEO strategies if you don’t want to hire a link building agency to do it for you.

2. I’m Too Tired & Don’t Have Any Energy to Deal With This!

Because each role that you play as a musician entrepreneur requires energy, you will often find yourself drained to the last drop. Rehearsing, performing, recording, editing, promoting, negotiating – each of these is a huge task for one person to handle, and you’re looking to take on all of them. How do you do all of these and still have energy left?

First, surround yourself with people who enjoy music like you. If you have a band, make sure that your band mates are enjoying rehearsing, performing, and recording music with you. This way, you are accomplishing several tasks while having fun in the process.

Everyone knows when you’re having fun, and when you’re enjoying yourself, the work doesn’t get as tasking as it normally does. It won’t even feel like work at all! And, before you know it, you’re onto the next task with plenty of gas left in the tank.

Second, on a more practical note, delegate days for specific tasks. Do not do everything in a single day. Limit your tasks by assigning objectives for each day and then sticking to them. If you find yourself still bustling with energy at the end of the day, then go spend time with your family or just pamper yourself. You’ll find yourself rejuvenated and ready for action the next day.

3. I Don’t Feel Motivated to do Anything!

It’s normal to feel demotivated, especially if you don’t see a return on your investment. This is especially true for musician entrepreneurs. With all the work you need to put in, the roles you have to play, and all the energy required to sustain the work, it’s difficult to keep yourself motivated.

But you also need to keep in mind that this is not an ordinary profession. Not everyone gets to play music and earn from it, and not everyone gets to be their own boss. Not everyone gets to distribute their own music, make their own record labels, or develop a fan base.

Recognizing and acknowledging all the perks that come with being a musician entrepreneur can provide you with all the motivation you need.

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4. There’s Just Too Much Competition Out There!

Normally, competition is good. But if you’re just starting out as a musician entrepreneur, it can be very daunting, especially since there are already plenty of other musician entrepreneurs out there that are well established and more experienced than you. How do you overcome this?

First, don’t lose heart. Most entrepreneurs start out like that, not just musician entrepreneurs. The market is not on a decline anyway. Just stay focused.

Second, you can turn these so-called competitors into a gold mine by partnering or networking with them.

For example, you could collaborate with them. You could bundle up your albums and sell them together at a discount. This way, you get to tap into the market that they have already built while you’re still building yours.

Lastly, you can hire the services of existing SEO companies that work in the background to strengthen your site’s online presence. A link building company, for example, can quickly boost your site’s ranks through a guest blogging service or any number of SEO methods, while you simply concentrate on your music.