As musicians, we’re all swinging for one gig to another, catching the next career opportunity in our hands as the other slips from our fingers into the past. We feel fairly in control. We sometimes choose, sometimes are forced into the next stage of our lives. At least get to choose if we go peacefully, or kicking and screaming.
You can try to motivate people by telling them they didn’t do a good enough job. That they need to try harder. That they made a mistake, and you never want to see them do it that poorly again. If they don’t shape up, you’ll just get someone better to replace them.
Nobody wants to hire the person that’s pretty good at what they do for the really important projects, the really big shows. It’s fine to be average on small stuff where there’s not a lot at stake, but when it really counts and there’s serious money on the line, people always go for the best.
Every gig you play, every time you put your name on something, it adds another puzzle piece of who you are to people’s memory. That gig you took just because it paid well even though you weren’t excited about playing it? That’s going to have an impression with people who follow you, look up to you. For better, or for worse.
I recently found a specialty hardware store where you can buy a $160 hand shovel. It has everything: detachable handle, twistable leverage builders, and diamond-crusted plating on the tip for better cutting.
One of the biggest challenges I find myself fighting each week is the temptation to fill my life with stuff that doesn’t matter. Why does this happen over and over again to me?