BIZ NUGGETS # 19: ABOVE ALL, BE KIND

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” - WARREN BUFFETT

 

This. Just this.

 

No one is good enough at anything to be anything other than kind.


BIZ NUGGETS #18: START BEFORE YOU’RE READY

 

“What is not started will never get finished” - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

 

I couldn’t say this any better myself really. How will you know what you’re capable of if you don’t allow yourself the chance to try?

Be big, bold, proud and get started even if you feel like you’re totally unprepared for the journey.

The great thing about being an entrepreneur is that you can learn as you go! It’s like you’re building the plane as you fly!

Terrifying, but necessary if you want to land safely.

With the right mentors, supporters and colleagues around you, you’ll be able to figure it out and find out more about what you really want than if you just think about it.

 

Progress and clarity come from engagement, not thinking.

 

The perfect time to start was yesterday, but the next best? Today. 

 


BIZ NUGGETS #17: FEAR LIES TO YOU

 

Fear is; False Evidence Appearing Real.

If you’re afraid of the thing you want to do, chances are, you should do it.

 

There are two kinds of fear.

Real, crippling, life-threatening fear which you would face if you were say, standing in front of a Death Adder Snake in the middle of the Australian outback. That fear is super legit and if you found yourself in that situation, you’d probably be questioning every decision you ever made…. Ever.

Totally fair and reasonable.

The second type of fear is the unreasonable fear which prevents you from taking chances and following your excitement.

You see, this kind of fear likes to disguise excitement as terror, and likes to keep you small because being small is safe.

This fear is the kind of fear you actually want to follow, because with this fear, the thing you’re afraid of is likely something that will truly do awesome things for you. Have you felt this fear?

It’s like stage fright or that nervous energy you might feel before you perform. If you’re developing an idea or creating something new and you feel this fear, chances are, you’re on the right track and you should keep going.

This fear is lying to you. Nothing is on fire. No one is thinking about the next thing you’re going to screw up, and the consequence of allowing this fear to control you, is that you stay stagnant. This fear wants to keep you small and safe.

Don’t trust it. Dive into it and keep going.

 


BIZ NUGGETS #16: PURSUE THE HELL YES

'IF IT'S NOT A HELL YES, IT'S A NO' - MARIE FORLEO
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” - ALBERT SCHWEITZER

 

 

This one should be pretty self-explanatory, but let me break it down.

 

If there’s something you’ve been asked to do, or think you should do but you aren’t sure about it, ask yourself; Is this a hell yes?

If not, it’s a no.

 

And, if it’s a no, you don’t need to do it (unless its like, taxes or something important that you do have to do. In which case, buckle up and get it done asap).

Always, always, always make sure that you LOVE the thing you’re creating because if YOU don’t love it, no one else will!

And remember, whenever you say yes to something, you’re saying no to absolutely EVERYTHING else you could be doing instead.

 

Don’t waste your life on “meh”, pursue the “hell yes!”

 

“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable.” - SETH GODIN
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BIZ NUGGETS #15 FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."   —WARREN BUFFETT

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - NAPOLEON HILL

 

 

Start where you are, and take small, measurable actions each day.

Think of the ripple effect.

One drop in the water can start a reaction where the ripple becomes larger and larger as it moves from the starting point.

Be the person who does one small thing each day and you will set yourself on a steady path to success.

Why do we tell young musicians to practice just 10 minutes each day at first rather than 60 minutes once a week?

Because small, consistent action brings greater results than larger, sporadic “cram sessions”.

 

From little things, big things grow.

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BIZ Nuggets #14: FAIL FORWARD

 
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - BILL GATES
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - THOMAS EDISON
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - WINSTON CHURCHILL

 

Failure is the entrepreneur’s secret weapon.

It’s also the musician’s secret weapon, so you’re already ahead of most.

There's not much that’s worse than feeling like you've poured your heart and soul into something, only to watch it crash down around you leaving you with only broken pieces of your once brilliant idea.

Hello, massive recital where my instrument fell apart mid-way through...

If you're worried that by failing you're not cut out for this entrepreneur thing - It’s not true!

If you've ever taught a young student how to play a musical instrument, you already know what I'm talking about when I say that failing = progress.

How do students get better at their craft? They practice.

And at its core, what is practice?

it's failing over and over again at something until you no longer fail any more!

We all worry about this idea of failing, when really what we should be thinking about is learning.

No matter what your craft, or purpose or venture is, if you've never done something before, you're learning how to do it!

And you're going to be learning... until you aren't.

When you fail, try to keep moving forward. Learn from it and try again.

Fail Forward.

After you fail forward enough times, you will arrive at your destination.

It might not be elegant or graceful, you might arrive with bruises and cuts, and be bleeding from your knees, elbows and forehead, but you will get there.

 


 

 

 

BIZ Nuggets #13: FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME

Have you heard of “shiny object syndrome”?

Its another stumbling block for the entrepreneur which YOU as a musician, have been trained to avoid already!

Shiny object syndrome happens when there are multiple things in front of you that you want to do, so you either;

1. Don’t know where to start and don’t start at all, or

2. Start working on something, then move to another thing, then another and end up not completing anything.

In practice, routines and focussing on one thing at a time leads to effective and productive growth. As an entrepreneur, the same principle applies.

As a mentor of mine says…

Follow

One

Course

Until

Success

(JLD from Entrepreneur on Fire)

 

 


Biz Nuggets #12: MINDSET MATTERS

 

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” - HENRY FORD

 

Henry Ford put this best with the quote above.

The way you think affects what you do.

If you think you’re bad at running a business, then you’ll be bad at it. If you believe you can, and you work hard to make sure you can do it, you will.

Sure, this one’s short and sweet, but its also probably the MOST delicious biz nugget!


 

 

 

Biz Nuggets #11: ATTITUDE

"Life is 10% of What Happens to Me and 90% of How I React to It" - CHUCK SWINDOLL

Everyday, every single one of us has things happen to us that are out of our control.

These things range from unexpected emails, to being stuck in traffic, to planes being delayed all the way to family members and friends being hit by tragedy.

A lot of the time, there’s nothing we can do about these things, but we let them distract us from our goals and dreams.

Playing the victim didn’t work when you were learning how to master your instrument (days of zero practice didn’t help you get better did they?), and allowing things you can’t control to step in the way of your ambitions won’t help you take inspired action.

If life is constantly happening to you and you find yourself constantly making excuses and putting your ideas on hold, perhaps it’s time to have a look at how you’re reacting to life.

Your thoughts and words create your reality, so use what you know from your life as a practicing musician, and take ownership of your reactions. ________________________________________________

 

Biz Nuggets #10: NICHE UNTIL IT HURTS

 

“Find a niche, not a nation” - SETH GODIN

EVERY successful business person will tell you that finding your niche and “niching down” is the key to success in biz.

Why? Because when you try to serve everyone, you end up serving no one.

There are 7.5 billion people on this earth, which sounds AMAZING if you think about what could happen if everyone on the earth gave you $1.

BUT... how would you possibly appeal to 7.5 billion even if you could get them to listen to your pitch?

One of the biggest and most powerful secrets to business success is to find your specific niche and focus on delivering specific, helpful and amazing content, products and services to those people.

Most beginner entrepreneurs start TOO broad with their audience, and end up looking like a jack of all trades rather than the master they could be.

Would you hire a “music teacher” to help your 12th grade saxophonist prepare for college music auditions, or would you hire a “college preparation saxophone teacher” to do the job?

Find your niche and tailor your services to them.