#078: Defining Your Music Career SuccessIs Andrew W.K. a prophet or a poser?

Well, I’m not here to judge either way. In fact, I rather liked what he had to say in his advice column on The Village Voice.

And that’s essentially the subject of this podcast: what does it mean to be successful in life and in music?

What we sometimes forget to do is define success for ourselves. We forget to set goals, and create a map that we can follow on our journey towards achievement. Worse yet, we forget to enjoy the journey!

Monetary success is important for the sustainability of our art, and on that I’m sure we can all agree. But when it comes down to it, is it just about money?

At The Music Entrepreneur, we do believe in taking a business-based approach to music, and we do believe that businesses need money. But we also have to take a look at the long term view of our career trajectory. Otherwise, we will wake up one day and regret the time spent in toil and struggle, instead of embracing our individual journeys and smelling the flowers along the way.

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In this episode, you will discover:

  • Why it’s important to define what success means to you.
  • Why I found Andrew W.K.’s perspective to be refreshing.
  • Why there will always be greater goals and achievements to strive towards.
  • How Andrew W.K. defines music career success.
  • Why I believe the more marketable skills you have, the more opportunities will open up to you.
  • Why I believe it’s important to enjoy your journey.
  • Why success in one area of your life should lead to success in all other areas of your life.
  • Why comparison should not be a part of your music career journey.

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Author: David Andrew Wiebe

David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a touring schedule with multiple bands.