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I’ve got big news for all of you. Life is not a grind, life IS THE GRIND. Life is what happens while you’re waiting around making plans.Grind Life Playing a Poor Hand Quote

The trick to life is understanding that you have to LOVE the grind.

Life is not the future, life is not the past; life is RIGHT NOW.

When you love the grind you find happiness, you make money by accident, you stay child-like, and you make miracles happen.



The antithesis of loving the grind is living the dichotomy.

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Do you live the dichotomy?


Tweet me, Google + me, email me, comment below, but tell me if you live the dichotomy after you read this article.

I really want to know.



“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” –Pablo Picasso


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Are you one of the artists who is bitching about the current state of the music industry?


Are you constantly waxing about how much easier it would have been had you been an artist 20 years ago?


You have to be the person that makes things happen.


Life, and therefore your artistic career is a numbers game. Plain and simple.


The more you do, the more opportunities you make for yourself, the more chances you have to gain momentum.


You don’t gain momentum tomorrow, you do the work that gains momentum today.


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Too many of you are hiding behind some bullshit society or industry created rules, comments, political correctness, glass ceilings, social norms, trajectory obstacles, and old-school business practices, as excuses to forgive yourselves for not delivering on your own dreams.






I want to go on record saying that every artist that was worth a damn who ends up quitting on their dream was thwarted by their own doubts and insecurities.Grind YOUR Dreams quote



You’re no different than any other artist.

You’re no different than your favorite icon.


The only variance is your perspective on life. They ALL had challenges, man. You never saw what they went through to take their place in history.


You are only aware of the success.


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At 23 years old, J.K. Rowling was broke, Tina Fey was working at the YMCA, Oprah had been fired as a TV Reporter, and Walt Disney filed for Bankruptcy.





Here is a behind the scenes look at one amazing success story. You are ALL familiar with his brand, like it or not.

I broke this amazing story down into 50 line items because there were that many COMPELLING pieces (that I could find).

Harland David Sanders had quite a life before becoming an icon.

  1. His father came home with a fever and died when Harland was just 5 years old.
  2. After the death of his father Harland’s mother got a job in a tomato cannery so He was looking after and cooking for his siblings (still 5 Grind Sanders at 7 years oldyears old).
  3. By 7 he became skilled at cooking up whatever food his brothers and sisters could forage, while mom was at work. (THAT’S poor).
  4. At 10 years of age he was working as a farmhand.
  5. At 12 years old, his mother remarried and Harland had a tumultuous relationship with this step-father.
  6. At 13 he dropped out of the 7th grade.
  7. At 14 he was farmhand then a streetcar conductor in Indianapolis.
  8. At 16 years old he falsified his age and enlisted in the army.
  9. Honorably discharged when he was 17.
  10. At 17 he moved to Alabama to live with an Uncle. Harland’s brother Clarence also moved to Alabama to escape their evil, abusive stepfather.
  11. Sanders was studying law at night to improve his education through a correspondence course. (work today to make momentum tomorrow)
  12. Harland lost his job at Illinois Central Railroad after a brawl with a colleague.Grind Child and Mom
  13. Because he lost his job, Sanders was separated from his wife and 3 kids for 3 years; they went to live with her mother.
  14. After practicing law for 3 years, Harland earned enough money to move his wife and children back in with him.
  15. Then he blew his legal career after a courtroom brawl with his own client.
  16. After that Sanders moved back in with his mother.
  17. When Harland was 26 years old, he started selling insurance for Prudential Life Insurance Company, where he was eventually sacked for insubordination.
  18. He moved to Louisville, KY and got another job selling insurance for Mutual Benefit Life of New Jersey (that’s called perseverance).
  19. When Harland was 30 years old, he started a ferry boat company that operated on the Ohio River. He canvased for funding, in other words, he ASKED everybody to invest, they did, which made him a minority shareholder and got him the belittled title of “Secretary” in his own company. (That company became an instant success, btw).

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  20. At 32 he became a secretary at the Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, Indiana. (he admittedly sucked at that job and resigned 1 year later).
  21. Sanders cashed in his lucrative ferry boat company shares for $22,000 (around $307,000 in today’s money) and used the funds to establish a company that manufactured acetylene lamps.
  22. That company quickly failed after Delco came out with an electric lamp that they sold on credit.
  23. At 33 years old, Harland moved to Winchester, KY and worked as a salesman for Michelin Tire Company.
  24. At 34 years old, he lost his job because Michelin closed their New Jersey manufacturing plant.
  25. That same year, Sanders happened to meet the General Manager of Standard Oil of Kentucky who convinced him to open a service station in Nicholasville, KY.
  26. That station closed 6 years later because of the Great Depression. (the worst economy this country has ever seen).
  27. That same year, 1930, Harland was now 40 years old, he was offered a service station in Corbin, KY by Shell Oil Company, rent free, in exchange for a percentage of sales.
  28. In 1932, when Sanders was 42 years old, his only son Harland Jr. died from infected tonsils.
  29. Harland never gave up, huh? To bolster his income, Sanders began serving chicken dishes and other meals like country ham and steaks out of his residence adjacent to the service station. (Resourceful lad)
  30. Sanders eventually opened a motel and restaurant from the profitsGrind Auto House
  31. When he was 45, Sanders was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon.
  32. When he was 49, He got a favorable write up in a popular travel magazine from a respected food critic.
  33. Later that same year, Harland’s now hugely popular restaurant and motel burned to the ground.
  34. He rebuilt the Corbin, KY location as a new 140-seat restaurant and motel.
  35. He expanded and opened a new motel in Ashville, North Carolina.
  36. By the time he was 50, Harland had perfected his “secret recipe” for Fried Chicken in a pressure fryer which cooked it faster than pan frying.
  37. At 51 years of age, WWII broke out, gas was rationed, tourists dried up, and Sanders was forced to close his Ashville, SC motel.
  38. He then got a job as a supervisor in Seattle. (leaving his mistress to run the Corbin, KY restaurant and motel)Grind Standard Oil Filling Station
  39. Then he worked for the Government at an ordinance works cafeteria in Tennessee.
  40. Then he worked as an Assistant Cafeteria Manager in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  41. At 57 he divorced his wife
  42. At 59 he finally married his mistress
  43. At 62 years old, Colonel Sanders franchised “Kentucky Fried Chicken” for the first time. The Utah store’s sales TRIPLED in the first year, 75% of the sales increase was from fried chicken. (FYI, the Utah restauranteur loved fried chicken because it differentiated his store from the competition with the imagery of “Southern Hospitality”) (Are you different?)
  44. After the Utah success with Kentucky Fried Chicken, several other restaurants successfully franchised the recipe.
  45. Harland thought the Corbin location would live forever but alas, at 65 years old, he was forced to sell it as the new Interstate 75 had significantly reduced customer traffic.

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  46. Now, at 65, Colonel Harland Sanders was left with his savings and $105 a month in social security.
  47. He decided to REALLY try and franchise his recipe. (If you’re going to sell 10,000 CD’s you have to meet 10,000 people and shake 10,000 hands, right? He went out to shake some hands).
  48. He travelled the country, often sleeping in his car to cook the chicken for a suitable restaurant owner. If they like it, they would negotiate a franchise deal.
  49. The money required to grow the fulfillment piece of the business (someone had to mix the spices, bag them, and ship them to the rapidly growing number of stores) was not there. Sanders asked 1,000 people to invest, the last one finally did and they grew the chain. (999 “no’s” got him a “yes”)
  50. It became too much for him at 72 years old and he sold the franchise for $2 million dollars. ($15,800,000.00 in today’s money)




So Colonel Sanders had it easy right?

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He became rich and famous.


You’d love to have his life, right?


All you need is great recipe or a great song and you too can be as rich and famous as Colonel Sanders, right?






I’ll bet none of you have had this kind of struggle. Yes, all of you have gone through some of his struggle.


But all this? In one life? WOW!Grind Greatest pleasure quote


You’re stronger than you think, people. The only person that DIDN’T get in the way of Harland Sanders was Harland Sanders in the end. At the beginning he got in his own way OFTEN didn’t he?

Today, I can safely say that ALL OF YOU have it easier than your favorite icons did when they were coming up.


They would have FREAKED over the targeting power of social media and the internet.


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Whatever your struggle is, be it personal health issues, handicaps, doubts, traumas, setbacks, injuries, mental disorders, lack of money, crappy family, mental abuse, physical abuse, etc., you’re not the only one.



Google your biggest problem and find the famous or iconic people that overcame that same issue.

Do it.


Nobody could break the 4 minute mile until someone broke the 4 minute mile and then tons of people broke the 4 minute mile simply because they saw it could be done.


Get it?


Toughen up. It’s all in your head.


The pain is real but how you deal with it is up to you.Grind Colonel Harland Sanders


Your favorite artists had to overcome amazing challenges in life.


ALL of the most successful people had incredible setbacks, don’t fool yourself.


The difference between them and you is that so far, they have chosen to rise above all obstacles and move forward to reach their dreams.


Have you?







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Have you ever met someone and been a little jealous or coveting of their art?  The truth is you are probably envious of their ability to “tap in” to themselves in a manner that you haven’t discovered yet.  They seem to control an instinctive ability to create at a higher level than you at that moment, which makes their art seem more valuable in some way; like it’s worth more.Worth jealous of stupid thinks

I assure you they are not superior to you and “level of  talent” has very little to do with their success.

They don’t possess some unique exceptional magical gift for creation. They have just worked more than you have at that particular moment; that’s what is upsetting.

They’re farther along in their artistic journey than you right now.

Trust me, you are no different than them. We’re all human beings.

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They’re presently more vulnerable than you. At least they’re vulnerable enough artistically, to really feel, and therefore act, as if no matter what the outcome the journey was worth it.


This mindset creates the artistic courage we all find so intriguing, important, and attractive.



The good news is that you can learn to access that creative space too.

It’s not magic, man.


It’s a methodology, a work ethic, a process if you will.

It’s an internal articulation of what your short time on this Earth is supposed to be about coupled with enough crazy curiosity and pioneering passion to plow through, and ultimately survive, the initial learning curve.Worth Learning Curve

Every learning curve comes with humiliating self-conscious trauma (fear).

How do you deal with this inevitable misery?

Is it debilitating to you or is it an annoying speed bump on your journey?

John Lennon and Paul McCartney admittedly sucked at writing songs for “the first 50 or so” and then found their artistic groove together.

That happened after at LEAST 50 crappy songs.

How many have you written?

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Another Beatles fact is they embarked on many residencies in Hamburg, Germany at several clubs where they played 7 days a week, 8 hours a night.


I don’t care who you are, when you play that much you get better.

You get better at being musicians.Worth Get Better image

Your live show gets better.

You become professional.

You become a student of the game.



My version of Hamburg was club tours.  I did it for 7 years of my life. I can tell you a magical “swagger” happens with any act after they string 20 shows back to back.

We see it here in Nashville in the lower Broadway honkytonks.  We have seen many artists transform into consummate professionals in that grind.

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We literally have told artists who are about to experience their first month long tour that their lives are going to change forever. When they return from that tour they actually walk differently, carry themselves differently, and behave differently.


It really is a transformation.


They have earned the right to call themselves professionals.

Many of you are making excuses to yourselves right now as to why you can’t do it.

I got news for you, you’re right!

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Many of you reading this are getting PUMPED UP and motivated to find a way to win because you believe you can do it.

I got news for y’all too, you’re right!


Yes it’s a grind.

A necessary adventure in my opinion, because after going through something like that you really earn your perspective.

Most artists, and I really mean MOST artists don’t and won’t work that hard or that much on their careers. They are crippled with the conflict between life-pragmatism, hater’s voices, an understandable need for ROI (Return On Investment initially involving their time and then their money), and their ultimate dream to be a professional artist.


If the labor is worth the effort you will naturally work harder simply to satisfy an internal sense of wonder, excitement, or curiosity.Worth You are good enough believe it

Here’s the key, the work is only worth the effort if you believe that you’re worth it.




That one stings a little, huh?


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Henry Ford had an 8th grade education and went bankrupt multiple times, so what?


Abraham Lincoln went bankrupt, so what?


Walt Disney went bankrupt too, so what?


 They believed their mission was worth all the suffering they had to endure along the journey.



Don Quixote believed in his heart and soul that the windmills were enemies.  He also truly believed, as crazy as it sounds, that HE was the man worthy enough to defeat them.


Artistic curiosity coupled with a consistent work ethic creates an atmosphere where artists discover themselves.

The reality is all your favorite artists were not born into this world being amazing artists.

Some of them had an incredible artistic talent, some of them had very mediocre talent. Some of you are thinking there are popular artists that have no talent; to which I say, “All the greater accomplishment”.

ALL of your favorite artists had to work hard at their art to become artists.


They sought and found help because they felt they were worth it.

So should you, and you’re worth it.Worth I was Born for this

They had to develop their lyric writing abilities.

So do you, and you’re worth it.

They had to develop their melodic sensibilities.

So do you, and you’re worth it.

They had to develop their vocal control and instrumental prowess.

So do you, and you’re worth it.

They had to develop their live show.Worth it's not easy but its worth it

So do you, and you’re worth it.

They had to develop their business acumen.

So do you, and you’re worth it.


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Stay In Tune.



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