The Mindset You Need To Succeed At Music - EMusician
Succeeding at music is tough for two reasons. First, it's hard because creating , recording, and performing music takes time and energy. But it's also hard because starting a business around music is difficult as well. The musicians we've seen succeed have the right mindset and grit to see it through...

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Succeeding at music is tough for two reasons. First, it's hard because creating, recording, and performing music takes time and energy. But it's also hard because starting a business around music is difficult as well. The musicians we've seen succeed have the right mindset and grit to see it through.

These attitudes are explained in a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck. Backed by research, Dweck explains that your internal beliefs need to change from a fixed mindset -- the mistaken belief that some people are just born talented and so don't have to try to succeed -- into a growth mindset which focuses on applying yourself and working hard to succeed. You can get a background of how this works in her Ted Talk. It's inspiring and can change your thinking.

Next time you have a fixed mindset thought such as the ones listed below in the first column, try replacing it with the growth mindset thought in the second column:

Instead of...Try...

I'll never be as good as [famous musician].   

I'm going to be inspired by other musicians and make my own music.

I give up.

I'll try a different approach.

This is too hard.   

This may take longer. (For business: Can I find someone else to help me achieve this?)

I can't do it.

I'm going to learn how.

My friends can do this, why can't I?

I will ask them how to do it.

I'm not talented//I'm not smart enough.

How can I get better?

I can't get everything done.

I'll get people to help.

My plan didn't work.

I'll try plan B.

I keep making mistakes.

What can I learn from what happened?

This is not "positive thinking." Instead, it's a research-backed approach focused on hard work and applying yourself to improve your results. This research flies in the face of the musician myth so prevalent in music: thinking some people are born talented. The truth is, successful musicians rehearse, create, and fail a lot, only to keep learning and growing from it all. The same with successful business people.

Finally, remember the famous musicians you see on the charts or in the media all have a team behind them. They don't do it alone. You can't expect to generate huge success like they've achieved without one. And don't burn yourself out "trying harder" by doing-it-by-yourself and using up all your energy by focusing only on the music business side. Instead do some networking, get people to help you out, or hire them. Or, prioritize and keep doing just one thing at a time. And most of all, don't lose sight of making the music.

Just make sure that you have the right mindset as you do.

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