The Truth About Happiness: It’s A Learned Skill

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  Happiness is a byproduct, not a destination.       Happiness is a learned skill. (And it’s never too late to learn)         How many times have you heard this before?   Do you believe it?         Do you get it? Really?            …

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How To Be Successful And Cut Through The Clutter

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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential,…

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You’re Not the Attractive Hero, You’re Actually the Guide

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  You’re not the hero to your audience. It may feel that way at times. It’s quite possible you may want it that way!   But you’re not the hero, you’re the guide.         They’re Luke Skywalker.   You’re Yoda.   For the younger crowd, they’re Harry Potter.   You’re Dumbledore.  …

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The Most Powerful Story Is the Story You Tell Yourself

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Happy New Year, Daredevil Insiders!     As always, the new year is a great time to get perspective on the last year, ponder what we’ve learned from the inevitable mistakes we’ve made, and set some goals together.       I want to talk about limitations, limiting beliefs, and the stories we tell ourselves…

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Is the Quality of Questions Affecting Your Success?

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The quality of your career and your life is determined by the quality of your questions.     What questions are you asking exactly?     Are you asking any questions beyond “Why not me?” Because that will get you nowhere.   Studying and improving your questions is improving your thinking.        …

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Don’t Let Your Ignorance Get In The Way Of Success

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In the old days, you marketed the music which is why it made sense to wait until the music was done to begin the marketing process.   Today, because radio can’t force people to listen to what is unfamiliar anymore (like your debut single), the artist is what is marketed first.     You don’t…

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How to Expand Your Audience Using YouTube Right Now

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YouTube is the most valuable asset that you have right now as an artist, in fact, it’s your gateway to 1 BILLION people, a majority of whom use it for music purposes, and it’s free, but most of you are completely ignoring it.       Why?   For the love of God, WHY?!?!  …

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How to Win Over the Judgment in The Marketplace

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I have a friend who is going through some tough times in legal sense but I feel like this person has been going through this battle for so long that their emotions are sometimes clouding their judgment as to what is important to the court and what isn’t.           I worry…

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Do You Want to Be Loved? Start Marketing Right Now

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The music market has gone through an 180° paradigm shift with regards to how to connect with an audience and break an artist but the music industry hasn’t figured out how to crack this new code, therefore record sales are abysmal.     Consequently, y’all are scared.   I’m not.   Do I have your…

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How To Win When You Feel Like An Artistic Underdog

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I’m about to blow your mind. Especially If you’re a regular reader of my articles and listener of The C.L.I.M.B. Podcast. Ready?   Your goal is NOT to sell music, merch, tickets, and make a living as an artist.   What?   This is Johnny D! What the HELL did I just read?   Yep.…

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