Weekly Digest: December 25, 2021

Weekly Digest: December 25, 2021

David Andrew Wiebe, October 2021Hey creator!

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Creating Structures for Everything in Your Music Career

Creating Structures for Everything in Your Music Career

My coach recently shared with me:

“You can have everything you want. You just need to put structures in place to get to where you want to go.”

And that really got me thinking…

I have structures in place for a lot of things I do, including the very guide you’re reading right now.

And then there are things that I don’t have structures for. Or, if I do have structures for them, but they’re not fully developed, or they’re too ambitious, or they’re not ambitious enough, or some combination thereof.

Obviously, there are limits to how much one person can do. But in a crisis situation, sometimes we are required to do considerably more than we ever thought we’d need to do.

What if one day you woke up to find you lost your primary source of income? This happened to me recently. And things like this can happen at any time.

What structures do you have in place for worst case scenarios?

Or, if you don’t have structures yet, what structures could you put in place?

Asking these questions helps us identify next actions. Working backwards from the result we want; we can determine the steps we’ll need to take to get there.

Things either don’t get done, or don’t get done efficiently when we aren’t present to the steps. We end up prolonging the journey unnecessarily or going down some rabbit trail that leads us far away from the path we originally wanted to be on.

“Ready, fire, aim” has its place. But when it comes to structures, it’s all about planning. So, plan your steps (daily or weekly actions). These steps form your structures.

And all steps should really be a hard “yes” or a hard “no.”

“Yes, these things are worth doing (because they get results).”

“No, these things aren’t worth doing (because they don’t get results).”

Put rules in place. These rules are also part of your structures.

You can have everything you want in life. You just need structures to make it a reality.

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Getting the Right Stuff Done in Your Music Career

Getting the Right Stuff Done in Your Music Career

Some artists over-plan. But I would contend that the vast majority of artists under-plan.

And what happens when we under-plan is that we get drawn into a flurry of urgent activity that may well be important, but probably won’t cause the results or breakthroughs we’re looking for in our music careers.

No matter who you are, you’re going to have fires to put out. But if you don’t set aside as least 60 to 120 minutes per day for your core activities, you’re not going to be as effective as you could be.

The reason you have access to this resource now is because I set aside time to work on it first thing in the morning. Depending on the day, I checked Slack, or sent off an invoice, or answered a couple of emails before getting started. But the number one thing I saw to do was get this work done, even if it wasn’t perfect. I prioritized it.

If you treat your work like professionals approach theirs, and you show up to practice daily, you’re going to get to a point in your music career where you can do most things in your sleep.

It’s honestly one of the reasons I took a bit of a break from music in the mid-2010s – I was getting so good at it; it wasn’t presenting much of a challenge for me!

My point is that you can really let go of perfectionism at that point. I would urge you to. Free and clear of that burden, you’re going to start getting your life work done instead of worrying about that guitar track with too much finger noise. Unless it’s grating to the ear, no big deal! That’s real guitar playing!

J-Rock band B’z recently released their music on streaming services (which came as a surprise to me and my sister, who’ve been keeping a close watch on this development). Just for reference, they are one of the best-selling artists in the world and have 49 consecutive No. 1 singles to their name.

Recently, I’ve been going back and listening to their catalog (starting at the beginning), and it’s been quite instructive for me.

What I’ve been seeing is that, in their early days, they released two albums per year! They were incredibly prolific and relied heavily on drawing from music that already had a proven track record (Hall & Oates, Jimi Hendrix, Dan Reed Network, Aerosmith, Van Halen, etc.). They weren’t afraid to recycle their own chord progressions and ideas either. I’m not saying there was no quality control – what I am saying is they did everything in their power to ensure they were landing those hits!

Despite their immense success, the members of B’z have never taken extended breaks since their inception in 1988. They keep blazing a trail, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

How you prioritize today will be how you prioritize the next 30 years. Don’t wait to get started on your life work. Get to work today and keep moving forward. Let go of perfectionism, because 30 years from now you will have added that precious polish to your performance.

For a proven, step-by-step framework in cracking the code to independent music career success, and additional in-depth insights into making your passion sustainable and profitable, be sure to pick up my best-selling guide, The Music Entrepreneur Code.

#StrategySunday – May 16, 2021

#StrategySunday – May 16, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

Systems are there to serve you. You’re not there to serve them.

Which is why this week’s #StrategySunday is different.

I’m taking a strategic break from the usual rigmarole of trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Instead, I’m looking at how to cut back on current responsibilities for the sake of my own health and well-being.

I’m planning to take a 10-break at the beginning of June.

But even leading up to that point, I will be keeping a close watch on my energies. I’m even looking at taking a sabbatical from Twitter and Music Entrepreneur HQ.

This will not be effective immediately, nor will it be permanent, as I have some work left to complete. But suffice it to say I won’t be putting any extra effort into these channels for a few weeks.

I do have other projects and staff writing duties to tend to until I go on break, so I will be prioritizing these, while ensuring that I spend more time resting.

I look forward to getting back to the work that matters to me and inspires you. But first, I need to recharge.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for joining me, champ!

If you need more inspiration, refer to yesterday’s weekly digest.

That’s it for this week’s #StrategySunday. Wishing you the best of weeks!

#StrategySunday – May 9, 2021

#StrategySunday – May 9, 2021

Welcome to another #StrategySunday, champ!

This is already shaping up to be a big week in terms of content, projects, and meetings, so let me get right to the point (especially since last week’s #StrategySunday was as good as non-existent).

Here’s this week’s #StrategySunday breakdown.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I went over my content responsibilities for the week. There’s quite a bit on the list, especially since I’m looking to launch my paid newsletter as soon as possible. But I did get a head start to the week by scheduling all my tweets.
  • I reviewed my projects for the week. The workload is looking kind of heavy, but fortunately, most projects should not require a huge investment of time and effort. There is one that will take up a few hours this week though.
  • I went over my musical projects. I’m mostly up to date, and don’t have multiple projects to work on at present. I’m just trying to get my arrangement of a certain hymn done.
  • I reviewed my admin responsibilities for the week. The to-do list has grown again, though most of it shouldn’t take up too much time.
  • I went over my meetings for the week. I’ve got more meetings than usual, but there is only one that should require preparation.

Lessons

Was there anything that came out of this week’s reflection and planning session?

  • My business dipped a bit in April, so for a hot minute I went into my default mode of scrambling. But it was only a matter of a week or two before things started sorting themselves out. So, what I realized through that experience is that it’s better to remain consistent and steady than to begin running around like a headless chicken, even when it seems like things are going awry. There are always more opportunities around the corner. I’ve now realized this at a deeper level.

Ideas

Were there any ideas that came out of this week’s session?

  • I had the thought to turn #StrategySunday lessons into Instagram posts. I think there might be some potential there.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for joining me, champ!

If you need more inspiration, refer to yesterday’s weekly digest.

That’s it for this week’s #StrategySunday. Wishing you the best of weeks!

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