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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: 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.