It has come to my attention that even some of my best friends don’t know what I’m up to, or for that matter, have the faintest clue what level I do it at.
I could talk about how frustrating that feels, having done many things at a high level – many for over a decade.
But I’m choosing to talk about this in an empowering way.
So, any of what follows is not bragging in any shape or form. Consider it informational.
I Have Written 5 Books – Not 1
I did not stop at one book.
Yes, it was exciting releasing the Kindle and eBook version of The New Music Industry six years ago, and the paperback version five years ago.
But since then, I’ve gone onto release four additional books:
- The Essential Guide to Music Entrepreneurship
- The Essential Guide to Creative Entrepreneurship
- Start Your Year the Right Way
- The Music Entrepreneur Code
I have no way of knowing for how much longer this “writing gig” will prove viable, mostly because of developments in AI.
That said, there will be more books. The above will not be my last.
And this does not even begin to cover the substantial series of long form guides and eBooks I’ve written. We could be here all day.
I Have Been Podcasting for 11 Years
I guess it’s difficult for people to conceive that I might be any good at anything other than what they regularly see (which I assume is my blog posts, but at this point, I’m not even sure of that).
I have interviewed about 200 to 300 entrepreneurs, executives, musicians, marketers, and coaches at this point – 100 of which were from a variety of industries and niches – not just music.
I don’t ever want to take it for granted that I can conduct and give a great interview at a moment’s notice, but at this point, I could roll out of bed and pull it off no problem.
Again, this is not bragging. It’s letting you know that I’m confident in my abilities, and it is more than reflected in my work.
I Can Play Any Style on the Guitar
I have always been known as a versatile guitarist.
No, I’m not the best at everything. I can admit that.
And the bar is higher than it’s ever been, with players like Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan, and Mark Holcomb.
That said, I have 20 years of experience behind me now. Seriously.
If you’ve come looking for a great session guitarist, you’ve come to the right place.
You name it, I’ve done it – country, folk, pop, rock, blues, punk, jazz, classical, funk, metal, or otherwise.
I Have Over 10,000 Hours In Other Areas Too
I would never call myself the best in any of these areas, but I have put in my time.
Here are just a few other areas where I’ve got my 10,000 hours:
- Web design
- Graphic design
- Music production
Again, I could keep beating this horse, but the whip will probably break before this is over… let’s move on.
(If you wish to continue, there’s always the exhaustive self-indulgent history I put together for you.)
I can accept that not everyone will support me. But it would be nice if you peeked at my work before passing judgment. You might learn a thing or two.
I’m not lazy and I don’t spend all day doing nothing, pursuing nothing. Honestly, I have never worked harder in my life.
I don’t pay attention to my “passive” personality. That’s not a hindrance to what I want in life. It’s only a hindrance to the people who don’t take the time to get to know me. Their loss, not mine.
I don’t always know how to communicate that to you (I’m usually busy working on my next lucrative contract and a myriad of staff writing duties and products), but if you need me to be straight with you, as I’ve done here, then so be it.
I’m not interested in working with idiots who don’t value my time. While we’re here, let’s make that amply clear.
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