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How to Push Through a Fear of Failure and Keep Creating Music

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Picture this: you start writing a song. Everything is going well, and you’re loving it. Then you take a short break and go on social media and see an artist in your genre with more followers than you post about their latest release and new music video.

You watch the video. It’s great. People are commenting and sharing. You stop writing.

Why We Still Use Music Genres (And How to Actually Define Yours)

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Let’s talk about something that a lot of musicians complain about whenever it is brought up – answering the “who do you sound like/what genre is your music?” question. Most artists hate it, and some even refuse to answer.

But here’s the thing we all need to remember: Saying who you sound like or labeling your sound is not defining who you are or what your music’s impact will be. It will, however, allow people to find you and feel that impact.

How to Define and Find Your Ideal Fan as a Musician

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We can discuss how to build your income streams, or how to get more followers on Instagram, or even how to choose the right brand colors for your website, but none of that matters if you’re not clear on why you’re doing any of it in the first place.

5 Steps to a More Productive Week as a Musician

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How many times have you uttered the words, “I wish there were more time in the day”?

You have 100 things on your plate, due dates are approaching, your eyes are bloodshot, and all you can think about is how fast the hours are flying by without your to-do list getting smaller.

The initial reaction to needing to find more hours in the day is to sleep less.

So you pull some all-nighters and find drinks/pills caffeinated enough to keep you energized and focused to make all of your deadlines. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you make your deadlines by the skin of your teeth. Sometimes the planets align and you’re able to make it all work.

And then you crash.

The problem is that you’re putting all of your energy and time (both of which you wish you had more) into working harder, when you should be using both of those precious resources to work smarter.

What to Do When There's No Longer A Plan for Your Music Career

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Editor’s note: Pieces of this post first appeared in Episode 43 of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast: The Pitfalls of Reaching Your Goals.

 

It’s not hard to realize why goal setting is so important. Having something to work towards gives us clear direction as well as motivation to take action. It often gives us purpose and keeps us from floating around aimlessly.

When we reach our goals our attitude and mindset shift from doubt to confidence and often set off a domino effect for future successes.

But, sometimes, when we’ve completed a large or important goal, it can have the opposite effect on us. Instead of motivating us to keep going, it can stop us dead in our tracks and cause us to feel confused and lost as to where to go next.