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How to get somewhere in life. Not that I have it all figured out…
- Narrow your search. Your mom was right. You can be anything… but you can’t be everything. Focus your energy. Figure out what you’re good at and let that be some of the fire in your career endeavors. I realized that as a bounced like a pinball from hobby to hobby and activity to activity, I was getting nowhere in my professional life. Once I narrowed that and began to work more often in specific areas, I felt I was starting to see some positive results. They don’t come overnight, but once you invest several years, you can look back and see that you have made some movement in the right direction.
- Let Confidence always be combined with humility. These two characteristics sum up how our attitude should be in the music industry. I don’t care whether you’re a performer or a manager or a promoter or a studio musician. We must all learn how to combine this sense of confidence and boldness in our talents without the air that we are better than others or in some way higher. Never be considered more of a taker than a giver. If you only come to people when you need something without first developing a relationship with them, they can smell your false nature stench. Don’t be that person. Or do.. but know that it will get you fewer true friends, fans and collaborators.
- Don’t expect perfection. Laugh when you are ridiculous and accept that you are imperfect. Always try to work each day to be better, but also don’t let failure ruin you. Because you’ll fail a lot. Well, I mean, if you try anything. But if you don’t, you’ll never fail. You will also become disappointed in situations and people, so don’t let it become the end of the world when it happens. Something I am trying to work on is to not let my emotions be driven by the situation in which I find myself. I must learn to cultivate a core character that is able to withstand many different situations and trials, not letting others dictate my emotions. Do I fail at this still? Yep, so much. But it’s one of my goals this year. Two months in- and I can see some tiny progress. Being aware is at least part of that battle of change.
So take a breath, center yourself, narrow your search, marry your confidence with humility and don’t expect perfection. Happy Monday.