Your Vision Isn’t Enough
There are too many people out there who’ll give blind inspiration without rational thought; spouting things like “dream big” and cliches like “shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll be amongst the stars.”
My issues with blind inspiration is that often the artists are only getting part of idea. An inspirational tidbit may get them motivated for a short period of time but then their attention span wains or they get discouraged with not being immediately successful.
For example, Michael Jordan’s quote “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” is a perfect example of quick inspiration. It does nothing to mention the years of practice and training one needs to get to the point where making those shots count. It doesn’t explain that you should NOT take every shot just because you can. And doesn’t even mention teamwork and sharing the workload or common goal. Yet armies of people will spout this when doing something not particularly wise for their career choice as a “what have I got to lose?” justification.
Respect and dignity in the music business can dissipate quickly when people see your band always applying for things, asking for votes, asking for help, taking blind shots, etc. There’s a line where being eager and ambitious crosses into annoyance. Perhaps the worst side effect of all of this is that many artists will get caught up in these blind hopes instead of focusing on a real plan to achieve their goals. (Yes you read that right, you have to PLAN!)
There is an old lottery phrase stating “you can’t win if you don’t gamble.” I’d revise that to “you can’t lose if you don’t gamble” but also add “as long as you make a well thought out plan with sound and achievable goals and don’t mind putting in countless hours of hard work and being adaptable as opportunities present themselves.” Not exactly what I’d call a motivational quote but I’d like to think if you are reading this blog you are both intelligent and ambitious enough to handle the truth.