The past few weeks, usually in green-rooms, there’s been a recurring conversation between my musician friends and myself and I’ve been trying to think of a way to invite you in on it.
Here’s my plan: - I’ll give a quick explanation what my friends and I have been talking about. (how it's a natural struggle of mine) - I’ll give links to a few podcast episodes and videos (not my podcast… what do you think I’m running here?) that have been circulating between my friends and myself on this topic and it's connection to why we, as artist's and creators, need to embrace boredom - And I’ll keep the comments open for you to share any additional insight you have for other artists & creators joining in on this convo.
This all starts with a personal weakness of mine
If left to my own nature, large amounts of my focus and attention during [what I call] the “In-between” moments of my day go straight to my cell phone...
I was having coffee this morning with Sarah before she left for work and she asked what my next moves were when it to comes to some of the new projects I’m releasing in the future.
After she left, I realized that I’ve had a ton of conversations with artists and creators over the past few weeks (Mainly because of THIS PODCAST EPISODE I RELEASED) talking about our future and one of the biggest questions most of us deal with: “What should I focus on RIGHT NOW?”
I also realized that a graph of this concept has been floating around in my mind for awhile so I decided to draw it up so I could finally see what my creative subconscious was telling me...
I'm a firm believer that "New Years Resolutions" (the 'year long' goals that we swear we'll hold ourselves to for 365 days starting tomorrow) DON'T WORK.
Side note: It's for that reason that, for the past 3 years, I've committed to treating the top of each month (and subsequently the top of each week) as a a 'mini-new-years' to set my focus and goals for the next 30 or 7 days. To hear more about that, check out my podcast episode "A Bucketlist Big Enough To Live In" HERE.
That said, the top of the year is an incredible time where we naturally reflect back and look forward.
If you find yourself in an introspective goal setting place in life, I read an article recently that I think you will find absurdly inspiring and a great kick in the ass.
After reading this, I realized it was something I've done the past couple years when it comes to approaching setbacks, failures, delays, defeat, or other disasters... but it takes me freakin forever to get there sometimes. (Also talked about in the above podcast).
Hopefully keeping this on the front of my mind will help me get there faster and more consistently.
Holy crap! I've been so pumped the past 48hrs hearing stories of people listening to my new podcast and being encouraged by the people I've interviewed so far.
As some of you have downloaded a podcast app for the first time to listen to these (or maybe this was the first podcast you ever listened to) I thought I'd share some of my favorites that I've been listening to the past month that you may enjoy.
Years ago, I made a conscious decision to change my mindset when it came to how I viewed my career in music. Looking back, five years later, I can say without a doubt that it was one of the smartest moves I ever made.
I recently came across an article I wrote at the time about my decision and feel like I can say now, without a shadow of a doubt, this mindset will be a game-changer for your future if you embrace it NOW.
I often get e-mails or people contacting me HERE asking questions about a career in music. Around this time of year I'm usually asked my thoughts on college, either by a high-school senior or a parent of a student.
As I was replying this afternoon, I thought I would share my response on here in the hopes it may help someone. Feel free to SHARE this if you know someone this time of year making this decision or maybe you yourself are a high-school senior.
I was asked a few questions recently for a University in England's music department about my career and path in music. I thought that there may be some others who would find this interesting and hopefully helpful so here you go.