As a Musician, You Are What You Say You Are

As a Musician, You Are What You Say You Are

Who are you?

That’s a difficult question to answer when you really get into it.

Because you might identify with your gender, your religion, your job, your bank account, your family…

And all these things are you, but at a deeper level, they aren’t. They are just the things and the people you’re surrounded by every day.

What we’d do well to recognize is that word creates world.

At first, this is going to seem like woo-woo nonsense. Because you don’t just say, “I’m a millionaire” and automatically become one overnight. The stacks don’t just land in your lap. The world doesn’t work that way, does it?

But the thing about the way we communicate is that we often talk about things through the lens of the past.

And the tell-tale sign is the way we start sentences with these kinds of phrases:

  • “Based on my experience…”
  • “What happened last time was…”
  • “It’s never gone that way before…”
  • “I’m always this way…”
  • “They’re always that way…”
  • “This is always how it turns out…”

What you can tell right away is that whatever follows these phrases is going to be based on some experience that’s already occurred, not based on what you’re wanting to create in your present and future.

What you might not be able to tell without examining a little deeper is that you’re creating your world with these sentences. You’re saying, “the world is this way, that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it will always be.”

So, it might seem like semantics, it might seem a little rigorous, but when we give up our judgment of what we think will happen – which is based on memories, which are unreliable to begin with – we can be more intentional about the process of creating things the way we want them to be.

We can start looking at the world with no lenses. And creating from nothing is the most powerful mode of creation.

Creating from nothing is the most powerful mode of creation. Click To Tweet

You can create yourself as a musician or you can create yourself as a music business. And like we talked about before, businesses like to do business with other businesses.

You can create yourself as a musician or you can create yourself as a music entrepreneur.

It’s not about judgment, or criticism, or what others might say about your self-identification. It’s about living into the possibility you’re now creating.

We can say we’re aspiring, or amateur, or we can begin creating ourselves as professional. “I am someone whose work is valuable, and I get paid for my work.” You can begin living into that possibility now.

This is not about creating some made-up identity or insisting that others see you a certain way. It’s not about victimhood. It’s about being in power. Being rigorous around your language and living into a future that’s created rather than a future by default.

I’ve been asked before “Why music entrepreneurship?”

And I respond by saying, “Because it sounds like something you’d want to identify as. It’s empowering.”

But again, it’s not just about identification. If promises and requests don’t follow, then there is no power in the creation. It’s about living into the world you’re creating. That’s the part that I want you to get.

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.

I’m Less Interested in the Individual, More Interested in the Team

I’m Less Interested in the Individual, More Interested in the Team

For years, I’ve followed a mix of marketers and experts.

But now that I’m five weeks into a yearlong leadership and management program, I’m starting to see something.

I’m becoming less interested in the individual and their skills, experience, or accomplishments, and more interested in their teams.

I wonder what kind of conversations they’re having. The speed at which they move and act. The connection between the leader and everyone in the team. How they respond to challenges.

This is where the real work is getting done.

As much as podcast interviews are a blessing, they are also a curse. They are a conversation between the host and the interviewee. And inevitably, the host tries to draw out the most interesting aspects of the interviewee’s past, while the guest carefully ensures all they say reflects well on them (instead of offering the true story of struggle and emotional turmoil).

Friends, this is not where the real conversations are happening. You won’t find many secrets inside these engineered exchanges. Because they aren’t authentic. And they always use something familiar, something the audience can easily connect and relate to, as their anchors. I can almost guarantee there are conversations and processes far less familiar inside the top performing teams. Because they have access to distinctions others don’t.

If you want to find the true secrets, observe the leader and team in motion. Look at how they handle even the most mundane and remedial of details. Watch as they communicate and act with power.

For more inspiration, be sure to sign up for my email list.