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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.

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.

TEM178: Purple Cow by Seth Godin (TEM Book Report)

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TEM178: Purple Cow by Seth Godin (TEM Book Report)

A Book Report on an all-time classic, Purple Cow by Seth Godin. 

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • What is a Purple Cow and how do you make one

  • The best marketing possible is making your product more remarkable

  • In today's over-saturated world, only things that are truly remarkable are not invisible

  • The importance of measuring things (and why anything you measure can be improved)

  • The single most impactful thing I've ever read in a Seth Godin book (no, really!)

Links:

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

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.

TEM177: The only morning routine you will ever need

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TEM177: The only morning routine you will ever need (TEM Short)

A TEM Short inspired by a new feature on the TEM Blog, the Tweet of the Week.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Author James Clear's take on morning routines

  • The byproduct of his simple, two-step routine

Links:

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM176: Managing burnout, not waiting to live your best life and streamlining tasks - A conversation with Elisa Janson Jones

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TEM176: Managing burnout, not waiting to live your best life and streamlining tasks - A conversation with Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa Janson Jones is an entrepreneur, author, educator and the founder of the International Music Educator Summit.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The crazy number of projects she has going in addition to her full-time teaching job

  • How she successfully pitched SmartMusic about doing a podcast for them

  • The thought process behind getting an MBA and the work that has led to

  • The key to improving anything

  • The inspiration for her two books (which were both written for very specific business reasons)

  • Why writing a grant is just like writing a business plan (and why you have to help the organization you're pitching to fulfill their mission)

  • Why Elisa doesn't believe in work/life balance

  • The inspiration for the International Music Education Summit and how she decided to price it

  • The importance of streamlining processes to save time down the road

  • How she used research and testing to build the summit

  • The changes that the summit has undergone in just two years

  • The ownership everyone feels when they are a part of a community

  • Elisa's incredible life story that has included becoming a mother during college and surviving a very difficult marriage and how those experiences helped to change her mindset about business and life

  • Living the life you want to live because none of us are promised a tomorrow

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM175: No one has seven ideas (TEM Short)

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TEM175: No one has seven ideas (TEM Short)

A TEM Short inspired by a quote about ideas from Dr. David Cutler.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • "You never meet anyone with with seven ideas. They either have a couple of ideas or they have a thousand."

  • How I transformed myself from a couple of ideas guy to a thousand ideas guy

  • An exercise to help you generate more and better ideas

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM174: Sam Pilafian on producing

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TEM174: Sam Pilafian on producing

Sam Pilafian was a legendary producer, entrepreneur, performer and pedagogue.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The app Sam recommended to get my ears totally ready for the session

  • The number one job of any producer (it's not what you might think)

  • Why a producer has to be "the continuity expert"

  • How to organize a take sheet to make things easier when the edits are done

  • The many entrepreneurial lessons I learned from Sam's approach to producing

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM173: Spotted Online featuring Brodie Welch, Seth Godin and Sam Pilafian

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TEM173: Spotted Online featuring Brodie Welch, Seth Godin and Sam Pilafian

Spotted Online features thought-provoking articles, podcast episodes and YouTube clips pertaining to all aspects of being a successful musical entrepreneur.

On today's episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician I talk about:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM172: Don't wait until it is too late (TEM Short)

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TEM172: Don't wait until it is too late (TEM Short)

After losing my mentor, Sam Pilafian, last week, a plea to all of us to not put things off until a tomorrow that may never come.

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM171: Delivering the right message to the right audience and using technology to empower musicians - A conversation with NoteFlight's John Mlynczak

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TEM171: Delivering the right message to the right audience and using technology to empower musicians - A conversation with NoteFlight's John Mlynczak

John Mlynczak is the Managing Director of NoteFlight.

What You'll Learn:

  • The most spectacular mispronunciation of his last name (which then became his nickname in college)

  • How an experience in college showed John the powerful role that technology can play in helping musicians

  • The challenge of getting technology into the hands of teachers

  • How NoteFlight started with the assumption that people are going to arrange music no matter what so how can publishers make that easier for people

  • Why you can't resist innovation

  • Whether NoteFlight mainly targets teachers who have already embraced technology, the ones who have not or somewhere in between

  • How NoteFlight found a niche that needed filling in the music notation software world

  • The complete technical remake NoteFlight had to do just a few years ago

  • The importance of getting the right message to the right audience in as clean and concise manner as possible

  • Why all pitches must have a CTA

Links:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Drake Domingue

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Waiting for perfect

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“Waiting for perfect is a never-ending game.”

—Seth Godin from his blog post “More right”

Your website will never be perfect.

(Amazon has the most successful website in terms of sales conversions in history and are constantly tweaking it which means it’s not perfect.)

Your blog post will never be perfect.

(You can always run it by one more person you respect for meaningful and helpful feedback.)

Your presentation will never be perfect.

(Oprah has never given a perfect speech. She has too much self-awareness to ever think something couldn’t be improved somehow.)

Your pitch will never be perfect.

(You can always tighten things up or add one more contextual detail that will resonate just a little more with your target audience.)

Your recital will never be perfect.

Even if you “hit” every note and make no “mistakes”, the interpretation could always be a little better or more informed.

Waiting for “perfect”, whatever the hell that even means, is simply a form of hiding. Possibly the best advice I ever received was either do the thing as well as you can at that moment in time and then share it with the world or don’t do the thing at all.

Because waiting for perfect is a never-ending game.

A photo of my dog for no reason other than it makes me happy.

A photo of my dog for no reason other than it makes me happy.

TEM170: Should a project speed up or slow down (TEM Short)

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TEM170: Should a project speed up or slow down (TEM Short)

The danger is getting caught in the middle.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to avoid getting caught in the middle on projects

  • The benefits of speeding up a project

  • The benefits of slowing down a project

  • A reminder that time is a zero sum game and any time you are saying yes to anything you are by definition saying no to other things

  • Why we should apply the Pareto Principle to any given project or our portfolio careers in general

  • A great idea from Seth Godin on how to handle a project that's stalled

Links:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM169: Thinking of hiring a PR Firm? Listen to this first

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TEM169: Thinking of hiring a PR firm? Listen to this first!

Why so many PR firms are a complete waste of money for musicians.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why you should never subscribe someone to an email list without their permission

  • How many PR firms boast about how many people will receive your pitch when those numbers frequently include people who literally have no use for your product and never possibly could

  • While cold emailing LinkedIn contacts is technically allowed it still isn’t a good idea that will get you any real results

  • How doing literally five minutes of research can be the difference between a great pitch email and a terrible one (and how few PR firms even bother to do it!)

Links:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

TEM168: Founding a youth orchestra when you're still young enough to play in one: A conversation with Marquise Bradley

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TEM168: Founding a youth orchestra when you're still young enough to play in one: A conversation with Marquise Bradley

Marquise Bradley is the co-founder of the Center City Chamber Orchestra and Principal Clarinetist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

What You'll Learn:

  • Where Marquise and his friends got the idea to start the Center City Chamber Orchestra

  • What gave them the follow-through to execute such a big idea

  • The biggest challenge moving forward for the organization

  • His thoughts on how we can make the classical music concert going experience more inclusive

  • What his reaction was when it was pointed out to him at a young man that most people in a symphony orchestra don't look like him

Links:

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes