I used to think someone would discover me. Boy was I wrong.
I thought some manager or record label person would insist on working with me. That, I thought, is when my music career will take off.
I had this mindset for 10 years before I realized I was on the wrong path.
But now, Ive come to learn that being a DIY musician is truly DIY.
And I see that decade as a failure. But Ive also learned about the benefits of failure because of it.
Ill explain what I mean by that and how all of us can start learning from failure.5 Things To Help You Keep Going
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Table of Contents
- What Do I Mean by Failure?
- Should You Try To Fail?
- The 5 Benefits of Failure
- Failure shows you what NOT to do
- Failure teaches you how to stay humble
- Failing helps you realize failure isnt that bad
- Failure can spark creativity
- Failure makes you a better teacher
- Final Thoughts
What Do I Mean by Failure?
Failing can mean different things to different people. So lets define it.
What I mean by failure is this: trying something that doesnt work out the way you planned.
I do not mean giving up or quitting.
Success and failure are both subjective. But for this post, failure simply means something didnt go the way you wanted it to.
Should You Try To Fail?
Obviously, Im not going to encourage you to purposefully fail.
But I do think, as musicians, we should all do things because we could fail.
If I only do the things that have little to no risk of failure, can those things ever be truly successful?
Success and failure are part of the yin and yang of the music industry. We dont know what one is without the other.
Failure is a good thing because it shows us what success looks like.
So dont try to fail. But try to do things that could fail.
Because when you reach your success, you know youve overcome failure to get there.
In fact, the threat of failure and the promise of success drive you to where you want to be.
The 5 Benefits of Failure
When it comes to failure, five lessons jump out to me. Five things we can learn from failure as musicians.
Failure shows you what NOT to do
Maybe you realized the path you were taking isnt the right path. Thats a win.
Youll no longer waste time and effort going the wrong way.
Maybe you have the right goals, but your methods for getting there were off. Thats also a win.
Now you know what methods to avoid going forward.
Knowing what not to do what to say no to helps you find focus.
Failure teaches you how to stay humble
Open yourself to failure. Expect things to not go your way.
Because when something doesnt go as planned, you have two options:
- Grit your teeth and try to force something that wont happen, or
- Be humble, admit that you didnt have it all together, and learn how to do it better
Choose option 2.
Failing helps you realize failure isnt that bad
Fear of failure is a bigger obstacle for many musicians than actual failure.
Because once you realize a project or goal has failed, you realize the experience of failure is not as bad as you assumed.
And the more you fail and readjust, the more likely you are to do things with a higher risk of failure.
And the bigger your success could be.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case, you fail by default.
Failure can spark creativity
Failure is frustrating. So
Tap into that frustration and write a song about it. Produce some music that evokes your emotions. Journal about it.
Dont let that frustration go to waste. Turn it into creativity.
Some of the best creative ideas are buried at rock-bottom.
Failure makes you a better teacher
Good teachers are full of lessons. Good teachers willingly share their knowledge however large or small.
They want others to benefit from what theyve learned.
And because youre humble and youre ready to learn from failure, failure will make you a better teacher.
Youll help yourself and others.
The benefits of failure are clear.
However, its still a good idea to minimize the likelihood of failing.
It will happen regardless, even if its a small failure. And you obviously dont want to be failing all the time.
You need mostly success in your music career.
The first step I recommend you take is to plan out your long-term career, set goals to get you there, and create productive tasks you can do on a daily basis.
I use The One-Thing-A-Day Worksheet for this.
And it has completely changed everything for me. Seriously.
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