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Why You Should Give Yourself Permission in Your Music Career

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This content first appeared in Episode 31 of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast.

Many times, in a desperate attempt to reach our goals, we keep going even when something’s not working in an effort to avoid being honest with ourselves about choosing the wrong path or needing to rest.

We carry so much shame about making mistakes and taking breaks that it ends up costing us, rather than helping us move forward. When we give ourselves permission to do what we feel in our gut is the right thing to do, however, we bring so much freedom into our lives. Here's how you can harness that power as a musician.

5 Mistakes Musicians Make to Get Ahead in Their Careers

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If your music isn't selling as much or as fast as you'd like it to or enough people aren't coming to your shows or following you or following up with you, you may want to look at what you're doing that can be turning them off from you and/or your music.

Remember: There's no fast lane to success. The faster you rush to get to the top, the faster you will either burn out or trip over your own actions on the way there. Below are five mistakes you want to avoid when attempting to grow your career in music.

How a Lost Suitcase Uncovered Self-Care Strategies All Musicians Can Use

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This post contains excerpts from episode four of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast WTF Are My Pants?


For those of you who don’t know, I’m a mindset coach for music professionals, teaching them how to slow down and focus on what’s important in order to create a sustainable career in the music industry.

This post is a bit of a personal story that I hope will serve you well next time you feel rushed to get it all done.

Why and How to Stop Multitasking and Get More Done in Your Music Career

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Do you ever make lists and then get immediately overwhelmed?

You either avoid your to-dos altogether or try to knock out three things at once, afraid you'll never see the end of the list if you don't. Or you glaze over and try to start only to end up adding more things to the list.

I became a mindset coach because I wanted to show the error of my ways and how I went from a workaholic, sleep-deprived stress ball to a confident, centered business owner. One of these lessons was to stop multitasking.

How to Use Time Blocking to Accomplish What You Want as a Musician

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As a creative, it can be hard to stick to a rigid schedule. Not only can your days involve being on the road or discovering unexpected opportunities that you can’t turn down (i.e., someone canceled a gig and they need you onstage!), but sometimes a creative mood can strike (or not strike) and the plans you made can go quickly out the window.

It is possible, however, to work as an independent creative and still maintain a routine that works within your lifestyle.