The last weekly article I wrote entitled 10 Reasons Not To Give Up received a ton of response. There was a particular reaction that was inspiring to me.
First, I thought I’d share the email with you and then we can dive into my thoughts for this week.
I would love for you to bend your nimble mind around this one . . . it is one thing to hold your vision of the dream and never give up, but for those who really and truly don’t have the skill or talent to make it happen, how can a person accurately gauge when enough is enough and begin to pursue a more attainable dream? I see it so much – people pouring their life’s energy into a delusion . . . and are crushed when it does not happen. And that translates to a life of disappointment and pain. That scenario is far more common than is success in music, don’t you think?
How would you guide a person and advise them via a critical assessment, a self-diagnostic, of their real potential to be successful in the music biz, without shooting them down?
For me, I understand success on a business platform and experience it daily. Musically there are still a few remnants of fear there and I practice daily not allowing negativity to dissuade me. I know I will have only the success and fame that I choose to have, given my knowledge of the law of attraction and how manifestation works. I have done the self-diagnostic and am encouraged 🙂
Your posts encourage me. I can feel your energy and drive to thrive, brothah! Keep up the great work!
I assure you the person who authored this reply is coming from a very compassionate place, and has asked a real honest, philosophical question that I think we all have considered more than once as artists.
This brings up a real good perspective to consider, don’t you think? I’m glad this person reached out!
I have an answer to the question that was posed in the reply printed above, “How would you guide a person and advise them via a critical assessment, a self-diagnostic, of their real potential to be successful in the music biz, without shooting them down?”
Ready for the answer?
What are you doing?
The success, legitimacy, or potential for anyone’s future in any life adventure can be easily measured by the work that their doing.
What are YOU doing?
Wishing for something to happen is not work.
Wanting something to happen is not work.
Believing something should happen is not work.
Complaining about something that is not happening is not work.
Making excuses for why something is not happening is not work.
Work is the conduit to success. Work is where you find out exactly how your story will play out.
Work creates luck, opportunity, relationships, and results.
For instance, if you are an aspiring singer/songwriter/artist who is broke, living in B.F.E where there is no music business, married with 3 kids, and you are constantly working by writing songs, you are in it.
Your potential is greater than someone who is next door with the same circumstances telling everyone what they want to be and why they can’t get it done.
Just do the work.
Through work you will find like-minded people with similar goals in the smallest towns. That will lead to other people with similar goals in bigger towns.
The artists who work hard will always outshine the artists who talk about work and about the business; REGARDLESS OF SKILL AND TALENT.
The artists who are constantly working don’t have time to complain about not making it; they’re too busy creating opportunities for themselves.
I have learned that people who really love something are busy working on it. As a consequence, I always judge my involvement with someone on a business level based on the work that they have done.
So any self-diagnostic should begin with an honest assessment of what are you doing?
If you say, “I have to work a job I hate to pay the bills so I can live and therefore I don’t have enough time to be an artist” then you are right.
The kind of living you are making is clearly more important to you than becoming an artist because that is what you spend all your time working on; that is what you are doing.
So again I ask every one of you, what are you doing?
Whatever you are spending your time working is where you will see results.
If you realize that you are working towards something that isn’t as important to you as your artistry, then change it.
If you have good reasons for putting all the energy you put into working towards something that doesn’t have anything to do with your artistry, then that is where you really want to be and should be.
I know this because that is what you are doing.
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