Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

You don’t want to be the one doing all the work.

You think you do because you want to take all the credit.

But what you think of as a breakthrough is just incremental progress. And while incremental progress is still progress, and it even seems like the norm, it’s the furthest thing from when you’re following inspiration.

Inspiration causes people to throw their hats over the fence, invest in a business, strike up a new partnership, or sell their home. It sees them taking massive, seemingly illogical actions in a heartbeat. It lays years of struggle to waste and gives way to unprecedented possibilities.

Being stuck in incremental progress is a form of hell. It’s repeating the same day time and again waiting for something interesting or different to occur. And it very rarely does. When it does, it doesn’t last. There’s no inspiration, only sunk cost.

Put connecting dots in the capable hands of the Universe. Partner with the infinite. It can bring things together in surprising and unexpected ways you could never conceive of. The Universe can do it better than you ever could.

Transformation is Now

Transformation is Now

Transformation occurs in the moment.

There is no waiting for transformation.

There is no working towards transformation.

Small progress is not snowballing and gaining momentum towards big progress.

Incremental change isn’t leading up to a breakthrough.

Transformation is now. And if it isn’t, it’s not transformation. You should be skeptical of anything that isn’t happening now because tomorrow is but a concept.

Today is all you have, and tomorrow will just be another today. It will only be another now when you get there. The time “in between,” so far as we’re concerned, doesn’t exist.

Here and now is where transformation happens. Here and now is where transformation is needed. You don’t need it tomorrow. You need it today, and it’s available today.

You either say what needs to be said, or you don’t.

You either give up alcohol, or you don’t.

You either begin doing what it takes to lose weight, or you don’t.

There is no middle ground.

The change you’ve been waiting for will not suddenly tackle you to the ground and announce itself.

Why? Because you’re responsible for that change. You already have everything you need to make that change. The power has always been within you.

Don’t hide. Don’t play small.

You’re here for a reason, and your vision matters. You can make a difference as much as anyone else can. No one is any better than you. And, importantly, you can start now.

Who cares about what you did or didn’t do? You did what you did, and you didn’t do what you didn’t do. That has nothing to do with what’s occurring in this moment.

Don’t talk about creating the life you want. Create the life you want. It’s available now.

Don’t look for transformation, don’t talk about transformation, don’t work towards transformation.

Transform. Now.

Progress Update: April 26, 2021

Progress Update: April 26, 2021

Monday is designated Music Entrepreneur HQ Day, where I work exclusively on Music Entrepreneur HQ related tasks.

I have been doing this since last Monday, and so far, I’ve been getting quite a bit of mileage out of it.

Here I will share what I accomplished today and what’s next.

What I Accomplished Today:

  • Worked on an epic blog post (2,700 words in – still a way to go)
  • Processed some emails
  • Handled broken links
  • Prepared guest posts for publishing
  • Started writing a guest post
  • Added a transcript to episode 231 of the podcast and scheduled a tweet about it
  • Updated a contributor bio
  • Syndicated episode 233 of the podcast to YouTube

What’s Next for Music Entrepreneur HQ:

Most of this carried over from last week.

Some items were deleted because they were completed, or because I thought better of them.

  • Find a video editor
  • Put together a new authority homepage
  • Continue my content audit to completion
  • Reach out to guests I want to be on my podcast
  • Reach out to podcasts I’d like to be a guest on
  • Move all email marketing activity from Mailchimp to ConvertKit
  • Create a resource guide for my latest podcast series (in progress)
  • Write Life Updates for January, February, and March
  • Add The Music Entrepreneur Code video to the sidebar
  • Add Fiverr, The Indie Bible, and ConvertKit to the recommended tools list
  • Start new autoresponder series
  • Create a Medium publication for musicians
  • Finish guest post

Concluding Thoughts

For better or for worse, I felt a little tired, and a little scattered today.

So, I didn’t manage to pull off what I did last Monday, but altogether, it still felt like an effective day.

I’m hoping to write more articles (rather than just progress updates) this week, but it’s going to be a heavy writing week regardless, so I’ll be playing that by ear.

Thanks for joining me. See you again tomorrow.

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That All-Important “Aha” Moment

That All-Important “Aha” Moment

I can still recall the moment I realized everything I was learning in business could be applied to my music career.

Of all things, it was at a network marketing conference.

Say what you will about the business model, but their training material is often BOSS.

And because I devoured it, I picked up the fundamentals of business FAST.

I was excited, because finally I held in my hand the “how-to” of making a music career work.

But I can see now that I wasn’t just discovering the ins and outs of making a music career work. It was also the “how-to” of making any project, community, or business work.

THAT was the true value of the education.

There was just one thing that struck me as sad and disappointing about the whole thing.

“If only I had known sooner.”

Do you know how many times I hear those words from my customers, students, and friends? Several times per month!

I was in my late 20s when I’d finally had that “aha” moment. Age is just a number, but you can see why I wish I’d seen it sooner.

The 12 years leading up to that point could have gone much differently if I had known what I had finally come to realize. I may not have had to endure the pain of losing my home, home studio, and even my car.

So, the question is…

How long do you want to put off YOUR “aha” moment?

Are you willing to wait?

Do you want to stay in the same place year after year…

Living the same year over and over…

Never making any progress in the areas you care about most?

Because let’s face it – we all have good intentions. But not many people change in a way that’s measurable or tangible.

People say they want to get in shape, but tend to stay at about the same weight or even GAIN weight.

People say they want to start a business, or write a book, or begin investing their money. But many DON’T even take the first steps.

Musicians say they want a better career, impact more fans, and earn an income from their passion. Bust MOST don’t.

Ouch… Did that one hurt a little?

The choice is yours. It’s about what you tolerate. Because whatever you tolerate will persist in your world.

Are you ready to have your “aha” moment?

Or will you end up like my friends who say, “If only I had known sooner.”

When you’re ready, click HERE to learn more about how my new course can lead you to that all-important “aha” moment.

Entrepreneurial Essentials for Musicians Masterclass

7 Ways to Build a Long-Term, Bankable Music Career

7 Ways to Build a Long-Term, Bankable Music Career

Believe it or not, if you are a musician or a singer with a strong passion for music, getting and breaking into the music industry is not an easy task.

You will be competing with other artists looking for the same gigs, trying to make it in the same genre, vying for the attention of the same industry people and so on.

The process of getting a career in the music industry can be an overwhelming process. So, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the industry and identify what you need to learn to achieve success.

It takes persistence, passion, and careful planning to build a fruitful music career. No successful musician is on the high peak of his or her career by accident.

So, today, if you’re looking to build a rewarding music career, let me share with you some practical tips you can apply to build a long-term career in the music industry.

Want to Grab Your Audience’s Attention? Make Great Music!

Musical trends come and go. You can still find artists making hair metal if you go looking for it, but because it’s not currently in the spotlight, new music in this genre is not bound for mainstream success.

And, competition is beyond fierce. There are plenty of hardworking, experienced and talented artists vying for the same opportunities you are.

So, making music your target audience will love is essential to your overall success. But how exactly do you know what kind of music to make?

A great way to go about this is by talking to your audience. You could send them an email prompting their response to a few questions. You could even survey them.

Even if you think you know your audience well, it’s always worth taking a deeper cut at it and narrowing in on what they want from you.

Think You’re Good Enough? Never Stop Improving!

To say that the most talented artists are the most successful would be to tell a bold-faced lie. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect practice, especially if you’re just getting started.

A pitchy vocalist, a choppy guitarist, an out-of-time drummer… Regardless of what the problem is, even a non-musical audience can tell the difference between someone who can play and someone who can’t.

So, never stop learning. Take advantage of the resources and tools available. If you’re a vocalist, check out the Bohemian Vocal Studio. If you’re a guitarist, have a look at Songsterr.

Be a lifelong learner. Take on that responsibility as your own.

Having Trouble Creating a Long-Term Connection? Build Your Brand!

Proper branding has never been more important for musicians.

If you want to build a long-term connection with your audience, you must have a recognizable and memorable brand.

You must consider elements like your logo, color and font choice, your website, your clothing and even how you conduct yourself around others.

Can’t Seem to Get in Front of Your Audience? Make Sure You’re Using the Right Channels

If you don’t promote your music, no one will know about it. So, use the right online and offline channels to expand your audience.

For instance, if you’re finding that building a following on Spotify is an uphill battle, it could be that listeners of your genre aren’t on Spotify. Figure out where they are and building a following there instead.

And, don’t forget to take advantage of social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube are still among the best networks to prioritize as a musician.

Lack of Progress Got You Down? Build Your Resilience & Keep Going!

Building a profitable music career isn’t a walk in the park.

You will face rejection and criticism. And, you’ll even face the deadliest of all challenges, apathy.

So, be patient and determined. Read a book like The Essential Guide to Music Entrepreneurship to build a stronger mindset and eclipse the competition.

Looking for Better Opportunities? Start Making Better Connections!

It’s not just about what you know but who you know.

So, stop complaining about having to meet people. Meeting people is likely the only way you’ll build the type of career you’re interested in building.

The gigs you want, the sales goals you’re trying to reach, the opportunities you’re trying to land… these are all on the other side of a conversation you’re afraid to have.

So, start making more connections. Collaborate with others. Ask for their guidance. Add value to your relationships.

Frustrated? Don’t Complain!

While building your career, you’re going to encounter challenges. You’re going to get frustrated. You’re going to feel tired. This is entirely normal.

Complaining will do you more harm than good, especially if the people who could help you overhear your complaining. You could end up harming an opportunity.

So, keep a positive mindset. Maintain a consistent work ethic. Don’t give up.

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Summary

Becoming known in the music industry is challenging enough. Cultivating your staying power is even harder.

But remember that everyone starts somewhere (generally, nowhere). Even the most popular artists had to work their way up to the top.

So, if you’re serious about building a long-term, bankable career, then stay the course. Keep your passion alive, persevere, and face your challenges head on.