The odds of success
Let’s take a recap of what we went over!
1. The odds of success are greatly increased of a type of person who has these 3 characteristics:
– Unapologetic drive towards their passion
– Ability to learn anything in a flash
– A love for the taste of their own blood
2. There are strategic ways for a person to have an unapologetic drive towards their passion. This means filling in 2 or 3 criteria of Ikigai and working towards the 4th.
3. Learn anything in a flash by finding 20% of the most relevant information you need to learn so you can fulfill 80% of what you need to do to get started.
4. Position yourself in a way to gain experience to break down the Magic Barrier to become comfortable with most failures which will help you learn to love the taste of your own blood.
How this all comes together
Unapologetic drive towards their passion – There is somebody who wants to be a musician and decides to play guitar after school/work. They are part of the 54% who can play an instrument according to the National Association of Music Merchants.
Ability to learn anything in a flash – They learn simple rhythms, chords, and basic composition principles. In addition, they learn basic business principles to help them market effectively. From my involvement and knowledge of various music scenes from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, I would say 15% of musicians know enough about business.
A love for the taste of their own blood – They go out, pair up with other musicians, network, play shows, and grow their audience. Finally, for the musicians that find a mentor, develop a strategy (from the baseline business skills they learned) and constantly put themselves out there, I would count that as 10%.
If you do all of those things successfully, you are in the top .01% of successful musicians.
Although some of these numbers are theoretical and based on personal experience, they highlight a point…
You don’t need to be a great guitarist or singer or anything to be a successful musician.
You don’t need to learn every chord. You don’t need to learn complex music theory.
How many PhDs in music have you heard on the radio?
These things only help!
The most successful musicians honed these points just enough while learning to love the taste of their own blood.
They played the few chords they knew.
They learned just enough business to get by.
They did it all live, on YouTube, and various other mediums of communication.
What does this mean for you?
Find out how you can hone these 3 characteristics if you want to increase your odds.
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“Communications Crash Course: 11 Strategic Conversation Frameworks for Everyday Scenarios to Enhance Your Conversations and Confidence”
Keep the drive alive and work towards your dreams!
Here’s to your success,