If you’re trying to find success away from your identity, stop.
So many of us are trying to do things we were never set up to do in the first place, because we think it’s what people want. We think it’s where we’re going to find success.
But what it amounts to is forcing a square peg in a round hole.
You can’t play peek a boo with yourself and expect to be rewarded for it. Breakthrough only happens where self-expression and activity are fully aligned. Your identity holds the keys to your breakthrough.
If you’re an aspiring guitarist who doesn’t like social media, then social media is not the path to the outcomes you desire.
Look at what you’re already doing. What do you enjoy? Where do you like to spend your time?
If you like video games, guess what? There’s a niche for video game style music. You could market yourself as a video game guitarist and play Comic-Cons all over the world. You wouldn’t need to build a fan base because the fan base is already there. Strategy? Your only strategy would be to love the living hell out of what you do and to be a good hang.
Where self-expression and activity aren’t fully aligned, there’s always forcing, and in a game of chicken, the Universe always wins.
How will you know when self-expression and identity are fully aligned? When you’re excited and scared at the same time. Anything less is not an endeavor worthy of your attention. Anything less is at a lower vibration compared to the person you’ve expanded to become. You’ve got to go a step beyond. If it isn’t expansion, it’s a cop-out, an imposter masquerading as opportunity, a counterfeit.
Don’t try to cater to the masses. Instead, go inside and discover what’s there. Notice what you love doing and match up your activity with that.
There’s something inside of you waiting to come out:
A personal expression of your creativity.
It might sound cheesy. It might sound mercurial.
But whether you fulfill on your soul’s inscription is not a matter of chance. It’s a matter of intention.
The only way to live a creatively fulfilled life is to get into motion now.
Tomorrow is an arbitrary concept. This moment is all there is.
Simultaneously, your actions today shape your future. That’s the paradox.
When you envision your future, what do you see? Do you see yourself creatively fulfilled?
There’s only one way to get there, to begin with the end in mind, and to take steps towards that end daily.
In a recent interview with Mindvalley’s CEO Vishen Lakhiani, entrepreneur Marie Forleo revealed that she didn’t find success until she found a way to express her various passions and interests.
(Marie Forleo, by the way, is someone I would describe as the ideal woman – beautiful, ambitious, passionate, and fun.)
This flies in the face of what I said earlier about finding your niche. But creative minds can accept contradicting principles. So, just go with it.
Anyway, what Forleo said was a bit of an “aha” moment for me. I’ve served various artists through the years with Music Entrepreneur HQ, no doubt, but in the mix of people I’ve had the opportunity to help are also executives, professors, entrepreneurs, and more.
Music is just one facet of me, even though my involvement has been extensive (performance, songwriting, composing, producing, teaching, and more) and in a way, it’s become terribly narrow and over-focused. I’ve outgrown it.
I’ve spent just as much time honing my skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, writing, podcasting, communication, artwork, web and graphic design, and personal development.
And in terms of interests? Forget about it. I have a passion for food, travel, comedy, Japan, video games, movies, and even politics, which was a recent discovery. Honestly, I could go on…
So, when will these various passions and interests find their expression? Beginning now. Because you don’t get all of David Andrew Wiebe when music is the only topic of conversation. And that’s not fair to me or to you.
I will continue to use Music Entrepreneur HQ as my stomping grounds. But who knows how it will evolve moving forward? Maybe I will use David Andrew Wiebe.com, which I’ve put a lot more time and effort into building out in the last two years. Maybe it will be something else.
I don’t think Music Entrepreneur HQ is going anywhere. It’s still going to be a big part of my hustle.
But I want my various passions and strengths to find their expression. And maybe success as I’ve imagined isn’t possible until I do just that…
How will you express your various passions?