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Successful Perceptions

March 27, 2012

Anyone who is familiar with me or reads the blog knows just how adamant I am on the importance of setting goals for musicians. Much like the setting of goals I think it is also essential for artists to define their own successes based on what their goals are.

The difficulty with achieving success in the music industry is that there is no end goal. None. Success is an ongoing way of being NOT a final destination you will achieve. If you are not constantly re-evaluating your goals and what success means to you, then you will never be happy.

In fact perception also plays an important role in how an artist will view their career.  If you don’t set your own goals and define success on your own terms, you’ll be left with the ingrained/brainwashed old music industry mentality about gold records and awards as measurements of achievement and definitions of success. If your goals are constantly being defined by someone else (Label, Manager, etc) than you have less control over your goals, successes and ultimately feel the dreaded feeling of “failure” when  you don’t live up to their expectations.

To give you an example about the power of perception, a few months back I posted a little twitter rant and a musician commented “we tried our hardest but could never achieve a big break and then further explained “we released two albums and did three national tours but never got any further”.

To them I answered “in the eyes of many musicians I know, you have already achieved success”.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2012 4:02 PM

    I agree wholeheartedly.. this applies to anyone in any field! people have a strange perception of success… and we tend to focuses on money.

    one thing for sure is…. when someone likes a song you recorded, they don’t say “Boy this song hasn’t made much money…. too bad… because if it did… I’d love it! “

  2. March 29, 2012 1:35 PM


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