What Would it Look Like to Follow Your Heart?

What Would it Look Like to Follow Your Heart?

“In the last few years, I have often done what made sense logically and pragmatically. But in the past, I mostly just followed my impulses and things that excited me. What would it look like to go back to doing things that excited me? What would it look like to follow my heart, and build a heart-based business? Would it offer more fulfillment, even if the money weren’t there?”

I posed this thought to a friend, who honestly admitted she didn’t have an answer. Which is okay.

We were talking about the fact that, if you aren’t logic-minded, whether male or female, entrepreneurship can be a tough slog. And yet…

What if we were leaving the best opportunities on the table because we weren’t following our hearts?

What if our hearts would lead us more rapidly towards our goals, while offering greater fulfillment in the process?

What if our hearts led us to bigger, more rewarding ideas than our logical minds ever could?

What if we could have fun on our journey towards achieving our goals, instead of showing up out of duty and obligation? What if the journey didn’t need to be a grind?

“I do it because I have always done it” seems sensible, and yet is completely illogical when it’s robbing your vitality and joy. Is the hustle really building your business? Or is it just making you tired?

While in reflection, another question that came to me was, “what if there was nothing to prove?”

If there was nothing to prove, maybe you would stop wearing your long hours like a badge of honor. Maybe you would stop virtue signaling and bragging about your barely-there freelancing revenue.

Maybe I wouldn’t try to be so perfect. Maybe I would collaborate and delegate more. Maybe I would take a day off when I needed it. Maybe I would pursue what excited me in the moment without worrying about the consequences.

If happiness is the goal, then following your impulses and what excites you is the right move. Pursuing money somehow always produces the opposite result.

Following your heart brings joy into your life, and as result, all other things tend to follow.

Following your heart brings joy into your life, and as result, all other things tend to follow. Share on X

Maybe your heart knows what’s up.

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Tapping into the Power of Front Row Mentality

Tapping into the Power of Front Row Mentality

What’s the best way to show up in everything you do? How can you demonstrate enthusiasm in all you take on?

In this video, David shares about the value of adopting a front row mentality in music, life, and everything. He explains how it works, and how to apply it.

Video Highlights:

  • 00:00 – The difference between tactics and mindset
  • 00:57 – Excitement and anticipation
  • 01:22 – What’s special about being in the front row?
  • 01:48 – The added responsibility of being in the front row
  • 02:17 – Carrying the mentality into our music careers
  • 04:00 – The illusion of time
  • 04:58 – Don’t count on your fans
  • 05:40 – Closing thoughts

Transcription:

Hey, it’s David Andrew Wiebe with Music Entrepreneur HQ.

Today I wanted to riff on front row mentality.

At the outset, I wanted to share that this is not a message to receive with your head. Meaning it’s not tactical, it’s not idealistic, it’s not perfectionism. It’s a message to receive with your heart. Mentality is a mindset, and a mindset is an attitude. It’s a way of being we want to carry into everything we do.

Where I got in trouble, and where you can also get into trouble, is when you think of this as head knowledge, as being tactical, something to try to apply and live up to and be perfect about every single time.

So, when it comes to mindset and mentality teachings – and there are teachers out there who teach it without knowing it is mindset and try to turn it into information – mindset is not information. It’s a message to receive with your heart and it’s a way of being.

You’ve probably had that experience. You were excited about an event or a concert and you were sitting on your computer minutes or maybe even hours before tickets first went on sale. And the moment they went on sale, you hit “click” and entered your payment details. And you went ahead and bought the ticket.

That’s front row mentality. Regardless of whether you got a front row ticket, your mentality was front row. You wanted to be in the front row.

What’s special about being in the front row? You get to be up and close with your heroes or the people you want to see.

It’s not always the best vantage point. In some concerts or theaters, it is. Or in some venues.

It’s about being there and showing your face to your hero and being able to see them up close that is so appealing.

So, when you are in the front row, you have kind of an added responsibility. If you’re texting, if you’re looking at your phone, if you’re distracted, if you’re talking to your neighbors, it’s obvious to the presenter or speaker or whoever is on stage, that you are not paying attention.

Front row mentality is also waiting on bated breath for what’s coming next, and paying attention, and being present in the moment.

And that’s the mentality that we want to carry into our music careers. We don’t want to lose excitement or passion for the thing we’re working on right now.

And I know it’s so easy to do, especially when you’re recording new music. It’s kind of like, “I’ve been working on this forever, I just want to put it out there.”

And by the time it’s out, you don’t know if it’s any good, you don’t know if you like it. And that kills some serious momentum in your marketing and promo efforts.

All around, it doesn’t do you any good for you or your career, to not carry that passion into the marketing side as well.

And you should be just as weird in your marketing as you are in your music. You should carry over that personality into your marketing and try weird things and do guerrilla marketing. Because that’s how you’re going to stand out. You’re not going to stand out doing the same thing everyone else is doing.

So, when your album is released, you should have a front row mentality about your music. The moment it goes live, you should be the first to stream it, you should be the first to buy it on iTunes, you should be the first to share it on social media, you should be the first to share it in your email, you should be the first to get it out to everyone you can possibly get it out to, and text it, and send it in messages. Do everything you can.

That’s front row mentality. We want to take that into the excitement of sharing about our craft. Not just making our craft. Making our craft is great, and it’s fun, but as I’ve just proven, you find that it’s not fun when it’s gone on for too long. Whatever that means. That’s not even something we can fully define. So, you should never lose your passion.

Today is a new day, and tomorrow will be another new day. And every moment is new. So, we’re moving into a new moment right now. And you may have forgotten the previous moment, but the new moment is here. You see what I mean? Every moment is new.

You’re not stuck in the same situation. This is a new moment and you’re already new. Your whole body’s new. Every part of you is new.

So, it’s not about time. Time is an illusion. We can’t define it. We try our hardest to define it and to measure it, but in many ways, it’s impossible. So, if you are in this moment, then this moment is new, and the next moment is new, and there is no time.

You want to be front row with your music. That’s the enthusiasm. That’s the intensity we want to bring into everything.

Again, as I said, it’s not tactical. It’s an attitude. It’s a way of being. That way of being is what we want to carry into everything we do.

We don’t want to count on our fans to do that for us either. Because our fans may not display the same level of excitement, passion, or intensity.

Some of them might. You may have some superfans. And some people might hear your music and go, “holy cow this is incredible!”

But it must start with you. Because your fans are in the front row looking at you trying to figure out what you’re thinking. And how you’re going to respond. And how you’re going to get them fired up.

If you’re fired up, they’re going to be fired up. But if you’re like:

“Hey guys. New release. Just came out yesterday. Yup. Hope you like it.”

Then what reason do they have to be excited?

So, that’s front row mentality. Try to carry that into everything you do and see how it changes. Show up early, stay late, shake hands, say “hi” to everyone, answer everyone’s questions, share excitedly and passionately about what you do.

Show up. Always show up. Keep your promises. Keep your commitments. That’s what front row mentality is all about.

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7 Ways Music Benefits Your Health

7 Ways Music Benefits Your Health

When we feel happy, we turn music on. It makes us feel even happier. When we feel sad, we turn music on. It relaxes us and connects us with our emotions. Music touches people’s souls and has been around forever.  Knowing all this makes you wonder – what is it about music that affects us so much?

Music affects us in so many ways. Studies show that music can fend off depression, improve blood flow, lower stress hormones, and even improve recovery after surgery!

If you are interested in learning what music can do for your health and how it does it, here are some of the health benefits it offers:

1. Music Improves Your Communication Skills

Peter Brown, a teaching expert at Scholar Advisor says: ‘’It’s no wonder why music is so widespread in the education of children today. Its benefits are so numerous, it would be a disaster if a child didn’t get any music education in their early development.’’

Studies have shown that music stimulates the brain and helps improve both visual and verbal skills.

A month of musical training performed on children aged four to six resulted in an improved ability to understand and explain the meaning of new words. This study combined training in pitch and rhythm, voice and melody, as well as some basic musical concepts.

Another study showed that children aged eight to eleven who are involved in music classes develop a higher IQ verbally, as well as a greater visual ability.

2. Music Affects Your Emotions

Music has great power. It can change our feelings instantly and reflect them all at the same time. This is why we listen to happy music when we want to be positive, and find comfort in sad melodies when we feel blue.

Listening to music can hit you in many ways. It can make you feel pumped up, excited and happy. The right music causes the brain to release a hormone called dopamine, which is also referred to as the “feel good” chemical.

Have you ever noticed how young children get excited when they hear their favorite songs or start dancing to a happy melody? Notes and melodies have great powers, even for those who don’t understand it yet or have no music education.

This phenomenon has been researched time and time again. In fact, a study showed that a fast-paced melody made people feel happier, and slow-paced music in a minor key led them to feel sad.

3. Music Keeps the Brain Healthy

Listening to music has other benefits for our brains in addition to boosting our verbal and visual skills. Musical listening, playing and even training have been shown to keep the brain healthier, especially in old age. Since this is considered an exercise for the brain, people who listen to music often are prone to having better mental sharpness and memory as they age.

Depending on the severity of brain damage, music can even help people regain their memory. It is used as a rehabilitation tool after brain surgery, since listening to songs and melodies can draw on  past memories. The sounds and rhythm in music remain in our brains for a long time, even if the rest of the memory is somehow lost.

4. Music Strengthens Your Heart

Music is known to strengthen the heart by releasing endorphins in our brain. Endorphins improve the vascular health, which is why some doctors use music as a part of the recovery process in patients who have suffered from a heart disease.

The results are amazing. Women and men who were exposed to music soon after a type of cardiac surgery experienced less pain and felt less anxious than those who rested without listening to any music whatsoever.

‘’Music isn’t just great for the ear and the mood, it is also great for the heart. Hospitals from all around the world use it to treat their heart patients. It is a kind of a weapon against heart troubles, and one that helps you recover from them once they happen.’’ – says Jeremiah Eagle, an aussiewritings.com expert.

How does music affect our heart, you might ask? It is known to reduce the blood pressure, slower the high heart rates and reduce the stress in patients.

5. Music Helps You Sleep Better

With so many people who turn to music for some help with their sleep, it is not surprising that music boosts our sleep quality, too. Since it reduces the heart rates and the stress, which are some of the biggest culprits for insomnia, it can be used as a tool for sleep improvement.

Because of the many health benefits it offers, music can be used to promote and build a better sleep pattern, as well as maintain a restful sleep. In some cases, it is even used to treat the insomnia.

6. Music Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Since it does wonders for our heart and reduces stress, music also eliminates depression. It is often used during therapy for depression and anxiety because of these characteristics. Music is known to boost the mood, psyche and general quality of life.

7. Music Reduces Pain and Boosts the Immune System

Did you know that music can be used to reduce pain? Music helps people reduce the amount of cortisol in their body, a hormone responsible for many diseases and weakening of the immune system in general. Too big of an amount of cortisol in your body puts you at risk for heart disease, blood pressure, can interfere with your memory and lower your bone density. Interestingly, music can change all this.

According to research, listening to uplifting music provides the body with antibodies that boost the immune system and even reduces pain.  

Did you know of the health benefits music offers? It is more than just a hobby or something you listen to while driving in your car – music has tremendous benefits for your health that you can’t overlook.

TQP 002: The Heart and Quantum Consciousness

The Question Podcast

We’ve known for over 150 years that electrical impulses passing through a conductive medium generate an electromagnetic field, and evidently, the heart is now known to be a significant conductive medium.

Is there a connection between the heart’s EM field and Picasso’s famous and spontaneous centaur drawing?

The second TQ podcast features highlights from our second gathering. You’ll hear clips from our presenter Frederick Tamagi, as well as music from David Andrew Wiebe, who explains the story behind several of his original songs.

Thank you for listening!

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