I want to tell you a quick story.
When I was 15, like so many of you I formed my first band at school. Little did I know that it was going to be another 20 years until I actually put together a band which worked out. Unlike so many bands before it, this band provides me with a good solid income, a sustainable and growing niche in the marketplace and I'm blessed to work with some awesome professional musicians.
But it wasn't always like this.
Through the years I experienced plenty of dead ends, pitfalls and failures. I experienced many a personality clash, dealt with less than professional people, busked on the streets and underground train stations, played and compared at open mics, joined cover bands, original bands, tribute bands, you name it, I had a go at it.
When I look back it seems like I went through a lot but here's the thing.
Every failure was an opportunity to learn.
And whether I was really aware of it or not, I was fine tuning my skills, my approach, my knowledge and my understanding of myself and how I could make a band a success.
These days I can see very clearly it is no surprise that I eventually reached my goal and achieved success. I was very persistent although being younger my approach was unfocussed and wasted a lot of time. (I did have a lot of fun though!)
I've been reminded of this recently as I've been creating a place where clients can use my stock music directly rather than always sending interest to libraries
These days I don't have time to waste and when I get an idea I very quickly action on it but this led me to a couple of dead ends. I must have changed my business strategy about 3 or 4 times and tried out a few different platforms and approaches. I felt a bit frustrated with myself for wasting time but then I realised, I was just sharpening the point and every failure was an opportunity to learn.
Also, and very thankfully, this process only took about 2 weeks, not 20 years!
I wanted to share this with you because every single musician experiences failure, makes mistakes, gets it wrong but all that simply is, is moving one step closer to your goal.
Next time something doesn't work our quite right, instead of listening to that old doubting voice in your head, celebrate that you took action, you did something and you learned. Now you're closer today to where you want to go than you were yesterday.
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