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TEM Blog

The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

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Tweet of the Week: @JCrongeyer

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The first thing I told my students in The Entrepreneurial Musician class at Shenandoah Conservatory this semester is “In today’s music business, if you’re invisible, you’re dead.”

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A little dramatic but an important point!

Ron Davis warned about being fungible in TEM19 and I have quoted him about 900 times on the podcast since that interview in 2015!

Ric Ocasek, who just passed away yesterday, was someone who sure didn’t fit in. His songwriting career was remarkable. His performing career was remarkable. His producing career was remarkable. His look was unmistakable. He was not fungible.

And for sure he wasn’t for everyone. But the people he was for gobbled up all of the art he produced and told the people within their corner of the world all about it. That’s what great artists inspire.

So thanks for the reminder, Ric. Fitting in is for the timid. Being yourself is not only marketable, it’s also how to lead a successful and fulfilling life as an artist. #RIP

Tweet of the Week: @pwallinga

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Not only should you not feel bad about being the least experienced or least “talented” in the room, you should seek it out!

Whether as an artist or an entrepreneur, you should actively seek out situations where everyone around you can do things you can’t do. Or they do can do them just a little better. Or a little more efficiently. Any difference that gets you closer to achieving your goals as an artist.

And as Patricia points out, absolutely take credit for even being in that room in the first place. It takes courage to be in that room. It takes none to stay out or to only find rooms where you are the best one there.

But that’s not where growth happens. And that’s not how great art is made.

(FTR I love her use of quotes around the word talent. Get that fixed mindset stuff out of here!)

Tweet of the Week: @gildawabbit

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I really like these two tweets. So straightforward yet the kind of thing that I need to hear with some regularity.

“So fail y’all. Fail hard. Then get back up and try again.”

(And I love the two gifs!)

Tweet of the Week: Gary Vaynerchuk (garyvee)

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To quote Gary Vaynerchuk, ideas are shit. This is a little bit of an oversimplification but the point remains a vital one.

Once on an episode of The GaryVee Audio Experience, I heard Gary tell a room full of 30 people that they as a group within a day could come up with next 100 great ideas that will change the world.

The hard part is not coming up with a great idea. The hard part is not only executing on one of them but executing better (or earlier or in some way different) than everyone else in your tiny corner of the world.

The idea muscle is one worth flexing. But the execution muscles are the ones that most people only engage every so often.

And that’s why most of us aren’t that good at getting things over the finish line.

Tweet of the Week: @ThisIsSethsBlog

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Seth mentioned this story about Pema Chodron and the radiator in one his episodes of Akimbo and I almost pulled the car over it was so good.

So for him to mention it again in a blog post this past weekend brought a smile to my face.

“My biggest takeaway is that the key leap wasn’t in discovering that the sounds came from a radiator. The lesson is that acting like it comes from a radiator completely solves the problem.”

It’ll make sense if you take 45 seconds to read the post!

Tweet of the Week: Rachel Syme (@rachsyme)

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This is for all of us who think we are “too busy” to accompish _________. (I’m looking at YOU, college students!)

In fairness, I’m looking at all of us, because we all fall into this trap from time to time. The trap is believing the voice in our head that says we are “too busy” to accomplish something without recognizing it for what it almost certainly is instead, an issue of priorities.

Toni Morrison was a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who had nothing to do with the writing business until she was 36. That is the opposite of having an “in” within a profession.

She wrote her first book, which wasn’t published until she turned 39, by waking up before her kids did every morning because she was a single, working mother. That’s when she could get the writing done.

Now that’s dedication.

Anyone can wake up two hours before their children and do two hours of work before they are on parent duty. Anyone.

My primary gig for the last five years has been stay-at-home dad. The time I’ve been able to devote to my podcasting, freelancing, consulting, Pedal Note Media, college teaching, private teaching, residencies, writing, recitals and everything else I’ve got going without my son present has been at a premium for over five years.

Guess how many times in those five years I woke up early enough to get hours of work done before my son woke up. Twice.


Why? Because being a parent is hard as hell. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I just didn’t have it in me to wake up that early.

But that’s okay!

I got to a place where I was at peace with my Band Director’s Guide series not having a new volume come out for years. I got to a place where I was okay that I didn’t release the TEM Podcast on a rigidly regular schedule.

The fact is I made a choice, whether intentionally or just through my actions (or lack thereof), that making those things happen wasn’t worth me trying to parent on dangerously little sleep (dangerously for my sanity!)

If anything I’ve been putting off ever rose to the level of truly urgent, I would have woken up at 4:00 am. Or quit my teaching job (which I did but then a much better one fell into my lap!) Or put my son in daycare (which we wanted to avoid if we could.) Bottom line is I would have changed something to make it work.

So the next time you tell yourself you are “too busy” to do something, think of Toni Morrison and ask whether it might just be an issue of priorities.

What an inspiration that woman was to us all. She is dearly missed.

Tweet of the Week: James Clear (@JamesClear)

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This one is pretty straightforward and was still something I needed to be reminded of.

The big things we do are reinforced.

The little things we do are reinforced.

The intentional things we do are reinforced.

The unintentional things we do are reinforced.

Proceed with caution.

Tweet of the Week: Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)

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Straight fire from Gary Vaynerchuk about paying attention to haters online.

“Go do something because the only thing holding you back is being worried about what other people might say.”

Warning: Lots of strong language in this one!

Tweet of the Week: Gal Shapira (@galjudo)

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Focusing only on what I can control is something I’ve been working on for years and it comes with practice.

Today, I am really good at it, except when I suck at it!

But in all seriousness, it is a day-to-day and moment-to-moment struggle for me as an entrepreneur (and as a human) to only focus on the things I can change.

I recently was doing the acceptance course on the Headspace app (which I highly recommend - the course and the app!) and I heard a working definition of acceptance that really resonated with me.

Acceptance means that once I have done everything I can externally to change something I wish was different that I then turn inward to change my mindset or attitude about that thing. It very much doesn’t mean that I just accept everything that is not acceptable to me or that I’m a doormat. It just means that once I have exhausted all actions, I then adjust my thinking about that situation to deal with it better.

Another possible action may very well present itself five minutes later, at which point I can take action again.

I just love the message of doing everything I can and then taking steps to be okay with reality, whatever that might look like. That is invaluable advice for any of us on the inevitably up and down life trajectory of an entrepreneur.

Tweet of the Week: Dale Trumbore (@DaleTrumbore)

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Some food for thought!

Dale always seems to have a very thoughtful message to her writings and tweets. So much in life (and in our careers) can’t be rushed and it is good to be reminded of that.

Tweet of the Week: James Clear (@JamesClear)

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I love the angle he takes here. Not that it’s the right thing to do to not insist on always having the last word (which it is.)

He is pointing out that not doing so will save you so much time which resonates with each and every one of us.

Great advice.

Tweet of the Week: James Altucher (@JamesAltucher)

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This is a really interesting way of looking at things because not all of us have money but we can all take risks.

That being said, the younger you are, the more risks you can take. And that’s exactly why the best time to start any kind of an entrepreneurial endeavor is today. Because we aren’t getting any younger.

This is also why college students ought to be thinking really big while they’re still in college rather than just navigating the requirements for their degree.

What a properly balanced stock portfolio looks like depends on your age. If you are young, you should have way more stocks than bonds because you have such a long road ahead to be able to ride out inevitable dips in the market. People closer to retirement are much more risk averse and have portfolios that are much more heavily populated with bonds which are safer but offer far less return.

Being in college and “only” taking your required classes to get your degree in four years is the equivalent of having lots of safe bonds in your portfolio. But it is exactly the time to be taking risks.

That risk can be financial. It can be pursuing a project that probably won’t “catch on” but if it does it will be remarkable and get people talking about you. It can look a lot of different ways.

Bottom line is that the younger you are, the more risks you should be taking. Because as James Altucher says in this week’s tweet, risks are the currency of life and will pay off in the end if you are brave enough to take them.

Tweet of the Week: Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant

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“Career success is not about finding the right solution to problems. It’s about finding the right problems to solve.” Boom!

And the article has some interesting thoughts about the problem with education rewarding straight-A students.

Tweet of the Week: Matt Tavares (@tavaresbooks)

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Oh what an impact an a three-second video can have!

Your first draft had better suck compared to your final product or you’re doing it wrong. Thanks for the reminder, Matt.

Tweet of the Week: Katie Mack (@AstroKatie)

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I probably don’t make this point enough on the podcast: Allowing your life to be steered by fear is never good.

I’ve never heard this exact point made in this way. “Fear that your total productive output might be less than the theoretical max” is really well said.

This isn’t a dress rehearsal. We only get to live life once.