Why Overcoming Your Music Career Competition Is Simple, Here’s How It’s Done
Complete this 5-second music career test:
True or false: To get all the music career opportunities you want, you have to beat the competition tones.
True or false: To be truly successful in the music business, you must beat thousands of competitors.
Both statements are completely false!
The music business really isn’t full of shades of competition. Music companies are in dire need of new musicians to offer big contracts to, but are having a hard time finding them. You have read well.
Extremely successful professional musicians don’t think about competing with others. They invest their time in becoming the kind of musician that other guys in the music industry are looking for. This helps them get the business opportunities for music that others don’t get or don’t know exist.
What makes someone the right kind of musician who gets the best opportunities? Specifically, what do you have to do to become this kind of musician?
Why fearing competition in the music business hurts your music career
That’s how it is: Most musicians end their music careers long before seeing even a small amount of success. They are under the impression that they are facing massive levels of competition. As a result, they quit too soon because they are intimidated by the overwhelming (and imaginary) competition they think they face.
Competition? Where is the competition?
Beating the competition in the music business is really quite easy to do. You simply have to remove all fear from your mindset. This becomes much easier once you know who your competitors really are.
Most musicians have bad attitudes, mindsets, and habits that make success totally impossible for them. These things include:
1. Being afraid of failure. Many musicians are afraid of what will happen if they try to get into the music business and it doesn’t work out. They fear they won’t make enough money from music alone. They fear seeing themselves as failures, being too old, not having enough talent, not having enough opportunities in their local area, and so on.
They focus all their time and energy on not failing instead of succeeding. They get paralyzed in their musical careers or form alternative plans that take them further away from music.
2. Being afraid of success (Yes, that’s right). The kind of musicians who fear success, screw things up for themselves just as they get to the brink of a big hit. They worry about these things:
– Negative thoughts that others will have of them when they are successful.
– If they are even worthy of great success.
– Whether they will be able to maintain success after achieving it.
This fear prevents many musicians with a lot of potential from achieving their goals.
3. Small amounts of passion and desire. Most musicians think they want to be successful, but they don’t really want it enough to take major action. Most are not actively working for success. They sit around waiting for success to just happen for them. Others become reckless in their approach. They accept the life of starving artists, hoping that success will come from struggle.
People in the music industry can tell if your desire for success is real. They are very good at observing both your intentions and the actions you take. Note: Really wanting success doesn’t necessarily mean struggling for years before you make it in this industry.
4. Procrastination. A lot of musicians talk a lot about how they don’t know what they need to do to be successful. The truth is that it is not too difficult to realize this. Forcing yourself to actually DO the right things is much harder.
Here’s an example: Almost any musician would agree that a music career mentor would help their careers grow at a faster rate. However, only a small number of musicians seek mentoring of any kind. Everyone else says, “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t have time for that” or “I’m just not ready to mentor right now” or “I’ll try later.”
These are all rationalizations to make it easier to procrastinate. When it comes down to it, we all make time/have money for important things. Bearing this in mind, it is much easier to make excuses than to act.
5. Lack of commitment. If you want to achieve great goals, you will need perseverance and dedication. Many musicians stop pursuing their goals when faced with struggles and difficulties, causing their dedication to fade over time.
99.9% of musicians have or do at least some of these things. These qualities instantly disqualify them for success in the music industry.
The main key to tons of success in music career
Do you want to become one of the best musicians in the world? Overcome the fundamental problems that destroy the success of your music career. This quickly puts you above your perceived competition. Yes, that’s all you need to do!
How to end self-sabotage in your music career and set yourself up for success in the music business:
1. Start choosing the things that matter most. You must choose to take action on the things that advance your career. Find out what you need to do to be successful. Then dedicate yourself to taking frequent action on what you learn.
Understand the difference between an expense and an investment. An expense takes money out of your pocket and costs time/resources. This money never comes back. Paying rent, buying groceries, or paying a phone bill are examples of expenses. Spending time on Facebook, playing games, or watching TV are also examples of expenses.
An investment is something you invest your money (or time) to get long-term value on the back end. Investing time to learn how the music business works, getting career guidance in music, and joining a group of music industry experts are all examples of how to invest in your music career.
You should try to cut expenses and increase the amount of investments you make.
2. Replace every time you say “I should” with “I will.” For example me should invest more in my music career” becomes “I Will invest more in my music career.” “I should stop procrastinating on reaching my goals” becomes “I it will stop procrastinating on reaching my goals.” Saying “should” gives you the outlet to take action. This mindset lacks the urgency needed to take action and succeed.
3. Successful professional musicians have more urgency than most people. They say “I WILL INVEST more time and energy into my music career”, “I WILL STOP procrastinating” and “I WILL LEARN more about the music industry”. This kind of mindset refuses to accept failure. It gives you unstoppable motivation to do whatever it takes to achieve your musical goals.
These basic changes in attitude make it easy to beat your competition and become a successful professional musician.