Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Be Patient, Not Passive
Success is a life long pursuit and it requires discipline and discernment. Most people fall short of the mark in this industry because of two things. Either they are rushing to get to something or just dragging their feet. Neither one of these ever reaps lasting results. The people that are always in a hurry often don't take time to truly learn their craft. They hustle their way through but end up getting exposed in the end. The people that drag their feet are often very qualified but they lack the courage and self motivation to move on anything. My advice is to find a happy medium. We should learn to be patient but not passive. The slow road is always the best road because you will have longevity and walking this road requires discipline and patience. Being patient doesn't mean sitting by waiting on some one to give you something. It simply means that you are working everyday by consistently chipping away at the tasks at hand. A lot of musicians get it confused. They think that being patient means waiting on the right manager or that big break. They become passive and just let their life and career pass them by. It is vitally important to have a plan and work that plan daily. Success is achieved by doing a lot of small things that end up becoming big accomplishments. For example: if you are going to be in the record business, then you have to first make a record. Talking about it won't get it done. Once you start you will see that the process doesn't end there. You basically have to make a record every year to have new product to present to the market place and concert and festival buyers. Instead of complaining or dreaming, just go to work doing what you can. If you don't have the money right now to complete the CD, at least go ahead and right the songs. This is that patience piece. Opportunity always comes. It's just a matter of whether or not we are prepared to seize it and the best way to be prepared is to work patiently and purposefully on a daily basis. Just do SOMETHING all the time. Never let a day go by that you don't contribute some amount of time towards advancing your plan. Stay on top of it and never get discouraged. Remember, slow and steady ALWAYS wins the race. So just be patient but not passive. Enjoy the journey.
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