1. Create more value than you take in
In the music industry, your Masterclass students will do remarkable things. Almost every big DJ in the world will back them up. They’ll be included on all of the main blogs and YouTube channels, as well as in the majority of Spotify playlists. One student will even be chosen as the winner of the Anjunabeats global talent quest. Another student will be employed as an audio engineer at Youtube, which is his dream job. Others will participate in events such as Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo, Beyond Wonderland, Snowglobe, and even Burning Man. The number of students who have won remix competitions is just too large to mention here.
However, you’ll be even more ecstatic if the children succeed in areas other than the big-ticket goods. People like Edward, who at the private school where he works is launching an electronic music course for youngsters. There will be Moshe, who is utilizing his production abilities to promote Jewish recording artists in the United States, and Doug, who, after just two years of making music, was able to collaborate with one of his favorite performers. And then there’s Dan, who announced in the Alumni Facebook group that, at the ripe old age of 48, he had the confidence to enter his first remix contest submission.
When you begin to deliver genuine value, this is what occurs. You wouldn’t be able to accomplish what your pupils have accomplished in a lifetime, and this will serve as a reminder that you are on the right track. Keep going.
2. Haters are going to hate, therefore don’t worry about it
This leads to the second point: if you achieve even a semblance of success, people will find a way to despise you for it. This is true for a lot more than just your music company. Once your audience reaches a certain size, hateful comments, furious messages, and poisoned emails become commonplace.
To paraphrase Tim Ferris, he once remarked that if you have a 1,000-person email list, at the very least one of them is psychotic or unstable. When you multiply it by thousands of subscribers (you’ll have over 40,000 at the time of this post), the number of hostile comments appears to rise exponentially.
But the silver lining is that you’ll be able to take a more spiritual approach to dealing with what you previously chalked up to a lack of psychological development or perhaps simply anger management difficulties. What people say and do to you, according to Don Miguel Ruiz’s “Four Agreements,” is a reflection of them, not you. And with that in mind, you’ll do everything you can to ignore the detractors and concentrate on what you do best: helping others. After all, if I spent all of my time replying to the naysayers, I’d never be able to create courses and resources that truly help others improve their music.
Is it any easier to ignore the detractors now? Obviously not. But you’ll discover that if you prioritize making an effect in the world over guarding your ego, things will start to fall into place in the most positive way possible.
After all, who are these individuals in the first place? You’ve never published a single hostile remark on the internet in your 30+ years on this world. Maintain the status quo.
3. Create a three-tiered organizational structure
You don’t realize it yet, but your insanity has a method. You’ll ultimately systemize and accept it, and you’ll see that thanks to this basic 3-tier system, you get a lot done every day.
Tier 1: Brainstorming (Iphone Notepad or Evernote)
Ideas will come to you when you are out in the world. Sometimes you’ll be in the middle of a workout, sometimes in the sauna, sometimes with friends, and sometimes, well, on the toilet. The goal is to keep a running list of thoughts. There are no harmful thoughts allowed here; it’s a completely safe environment. This is an uncensored list of anything that comes to mind at any given time. It’s messy and rough, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Tier 2: Weekly Projects (Physical Notebook)
Some of the ideas from the Tier 1 notebook of thoughts will make it to Tier 2, which is effectively a glorified to-do list, after a few hours or days of ruminating. You’ll maintain a real notepad on your desk at all times, and if an idea or task makes it into this notebook, it’ll be completed without doubt. This list will grow in size over time, but you’ll build a new one every week or two. All you have to do is glance at this list if you’re ever unsure what you or your music things need to do today.
Tier 3: Day-to-day responsibilities (White Board)
You’ll wake up each day and examine your Tier 2 list of chores, after which you’ll simply split out the time needed to do particular things today. You’ll also keep track of any meetings or engagements on a Google calendar. The final product will display what you’ll be doing on that particular day and when you’ll be doing it.
4. It’s All About Consistency
It’s all about showing up, as the third rung of the management system says. You’ll discover that expanding your business too quickly and establishing unrealistic targets takes all of the pleasure out of it. Instead, you’ll create sensible, attainable goals and organize them into a day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule.
The best thing is that you only need to show up to make music. Everything will continue to move in the correct direction if you show up and give it all. You can make progress by forming excellent habits, just as you can with anything worthwhile in life. Simple consistency and showing up every day is the finest habit you’ve ever developed.
The fact is that your whole existence is a series of methods and procedures designed to keep you from becoming your worst self. You know, the one that wants to binge-watch Netflix and eat Indian cuisine every day. So, once again, be constant and present.
5. Get Rid of the 9-to-5 Mentality
The notion of being able to clock in and out at a set time each day is just not true. Even if you try your hardest to avoid working late at night and on weekends, it’s not always possible. You’ll labor through the holidays, your site may be down late on weekends, and a deadline is a deadline, and nothing will get done until it is.
At the same time, this implies that you may live life on your own terms. Do you want to go to the gym for two hours in the middle of the day? It’s no issue. Want to spend a week in Croatia with music business pals? Done. Want to spend three and a half weeks in Thailand with your wife? It’s entirely possible. Do you want to play golf on Wednesday at noon? No one will be able to stop you.
You may live and work on your own terms if you let go of the 9-5 attitude. It might be challenging at times, but it is well worth it in the end.
6. Make a plan to work harder than you’ve ever worked before
When you were fresh out of college and working a 9-5 job, you seldom worked more than 40 or 45 hours a week. Some could say your “work-life balance” was excellent. But, in actuality, you were a terrible person.
You’ll work more than 50 hours a week, if not more, since beginning your own business. The best part is that you’ll be able to do it on your own time, and the reward will be well worth it. In fact, the more you work, the more you’ll be able to serve others and the more successful your company will be. Things will get rough once you’ve been laid off from your corporate employment. You’ll live off your savings, eat a lot of canned beans, and seldom go out to dine. But everything works out in the end, since your firm will make more than quadruple what you did in Corporate America over the course of four years.
7.Surround yourself with people who are positive
You’ll eventually realize that the common adage “you are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time” is mainly true if you wanna success in music industry. But it isn’t just about people. Everything you do in life can push or pull you towards a positive place if you let it. The books you read, the movies you watch, the podcasts you listen to, the food you eat…everything you do in life can push or pull you towards a positive place if you let it. Your mental condition will improve dramatically once you accept this.
In fact, based on one simple query, you’ll get an instinctive sense about who to spend time with. “Do I feel better after chatting and hanging out with that person?” you’ll ask yourself after spending out with someone. If you say yes, you’ll continue to see them. If the response is no, you’ll probably go on and not bother to hang out with them again. You’ll be surprised at how easy but effective this method of relationship management can be.
8. Yes, There Are Times When You Feel Alone
It’s true that running an internet business may be lonely at times. Fortunately, you’ll be able to meet your social demands. Keep in mind, my buddy, that you should do more of the following:
- Work from a coffee shop or your building’s lobby.
- Make a greater effort to reach out to friends and relatives who reside across the nation.
- During the day, go to exercise classes and chat to as many people as possible.
- Several times every day, talk and work with workers, freelancers, partners, and industry buddies over Skype.
Those sensations of loneliness will pass quickly. Remember that if you’re lonely, all you have to do is pick up the phone and contact a buddy, or speak with an employee or freelancer.
9. You Can’t Do It By Yourself
This should go without saying when it comes to people, but it’s still a valuable lesson for you to learn. You can’t do it on your own. That’s not even close. You’ll have the following at any given time:
- 1-2 staff assisting with musical material
- 2 web freelancers for back-end and front-end projects
- Your wife will also assist with front-end web development.
- You’ll have an accountant on retainer, as well as a lawyer.
- You’ll have a copywriter on your team.
- You’ll have a blogger on your team.
- A Facebook Ads specialist will be assigned to you.
- You’ll be assigned a Google Ads representative.
- On a weekly basis, you’ll have a mix of freelancers working on diverse projects shuffle in and out of your day to day.
- Finally, you’ll have a number of music partners and industry contacts with whom you’ll be in constant contact.
The idea is that a team is not just desirable, but also required.
10. Continue reading.
You’ll ultimately realize that you may turn to the written word whenever you run out of ideas or even when you’re feeling bleak. There are many individuals who have done far more than you, who are far wiser than you, and who have authored books on practically every subject.
You’ll go for a book at moments like these, and as a consequence, you’ll acquire extra inspiration and fill your mind with fascinating, thought-provoking notions that will define the overall direction and strategy of your company.
11. Acquire the ability to say no
There was a time when you would cheerfully accept every email, invitation, and opportunity that came your way. After all, what could be better than working in the music industry (in whatever capacity)? Unfortunately, this isn’t sustainable, and you’ll quickly burn out before realizing that saying no is just as crucial (if not more so) as saying yes. Consider the following questions: “Is this a good fit? Is it anything that actually excites me? “You’ll never go wrong this way.
12. Maintain your sincerity
At the end of the day, you’re simply a guy who likes to sit about and chat about life’s mysteries. You’re a fantastic individual with whom to share a beer. You make an effort to keep your ego in control and be as genuine as possible. People will admire you for it beyond everything else, in both personal and professional interactions. As a result, maintain it that way.
Staying true to yourself will be one of the most profitable business decisions you’ll ever make. Building trust is an important part of running an internet business. If you can achieve that, you’ll attract the appropriate kind of customer – someone who is enjoyable to work with, encouraging, inspirational, and like-minded.
13. Discover your reason for being
It’s a full 180 from the standard sales script used by the vast majority of businesses. The majority of businesses describe their features, competitive prices, and the advantages of their new product. What’s more, guess what? We’re sick of it as consumers. Authenticity and firms that can successfully explain their mission appeal to us.
You’ll eventually figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that will keep you going when things become rough. Your “why” centers around a few themes the more you think about it:
- You are a music and art lover. You’re an artist first and foremost, with a knack for teaching thrown in for good measure.
- You believe in having complete control over your day-to-day activities and not having to report to anyone.
- You believe in assembling a group of people who are dynamic, clever, like-minded, enthusiastic, and artistic.
14. Make Incredible Products
It should go without saying, but developing incredible goods should (and will) be your number one priority. Back in 2010-2014, the entire Hyperbits online school began as an attempt to create the school you wished you could have attended when you needed it the most. That’s something you shouldn’t lose sight of.
After everything, you desired (and constructed):
- A music industry school where students are taught by musicians.
- A school that is both inexpensive and does not need you to relocate to New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.
- A school that moves at the appropriate rate (not too slow, not too fast)
- A school that displays the results of its pupils’ efforts
- A school that encourages students to collaborate and form connections through internet networking.
- A music production school that focuses on intermediate to advanced levels.
- A school where all materials are accessible for the rest of one’s life (and never takes it away)
Maintain the same level of honesty in all of your products, and your business will thrive.
15. Maintain a low cost of living while investing when necessary
It’s easy to fall into the habit of spending, spending, spending in a world where entrepreneurs talk about their nice office space and fantastic business benefits like cold brew coffee, ping pong tables, and kombucha on tap. You’ll eventually be able to tell the difference between needless spending and critical investing.
You’ll constantly lean toward frugality, which is a good thing (maybe thank your parents for that, by the way). This will keep you out of debt and relieve a lot of your worry. Use your money wisely. It’s fine to make a backup. In fact, it’s quite acceptable to retain at least 3-6 months’ worth of salary in your company checking account.