DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43) While “The Prudent” allow themselves to be distracted by emails, Facebook, Wolf Blitzer and the negative news of the day, “The Committed” allow themselves to be consumed with their art, engulfed in their work and overrun with too many creative ideas. While The Prudent remain confused about the economy and anxious about the future, The Committed are at work growing their company, upgrading their websites and investing in exciting new ventures. While The Prudent get hooked by the petty politics of the day, The Committed are busy making tough choices, confronting impossible decisions and taking big risks. While The Prudent complain about how hard it is to make it,  “especially in these tough times,” The Committed get their hands dirty; designing new products, placing new songs, publishing new books and writing inspiring screenplays.
    While The Prudent scratch their heads and wonder what to do next, The Committed step out onto the skinny branches and form partnerships, make agreements, sign contracts and cash checks...often BIG ones. And while The Prudent pause at the end of the day to admire their prudent work, The Committed work to improve theirs.
J Michael Dolan

DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)

While “The Prudent” allow themselves to be distracted by emails, Facebook, Wolf Blitzer and the negative news of the day, “The Committed” allow themselves to be consumed with their art, engulfed in their work and overrun with too many creative ideas.

While The Prudent remain confused about the economy and anxious about the future, The Committed are at work growing their company, upgrading their websites and investing in exciting new ventures.

While The Prudent get hooked by the petty politics of the day, The Committed are busy making tough choices, confronting impossible decisions and taking big risks.

While The Prudent complain about how hard it is to make it,  “especially in these tough times,” The Committed get their hands dirty; designing new products, placing new songs, publishing new books and writing inspiring screenplays.
   

While The Prudent scratch their heads and wonder what to do next, The Committed step out onto the skinny branches and form partnerships, make agreements, sign contracts and cash checks...often BIG ones.

And while The Prudent pause at the end of the day to admire their prudent work, The Committed work to improve theirs.


COMMENTS


Posted By Vamplified
Law of Attraction
When something is needed to keep the vision rolling then by all means do what you need to do to get it done. It seems to me that the universe has a way of making things work out as long as you keep that vision in tact and don't worry about how it's going to happen. Just see it happen and feel it happen, take steps to make it happen, and know that it will happen. By all means don't stand in the middle of the road to block the flow when you see it coming your way!


Posted By Mendahal Myers
Grit
Every successful artist has found the commitment to soldier on. Commitment is everything!


Posted By Erik
Tough Love
Sorry kids...but the Superstars never needed a motivational coach. You brown-nosers and sycophants are being exploited.


Posted By Victoria L
Another Gem
As always, you're timing is superb!


Posted By joe
indeed
I feel grateful and humbled michael that you would take the time to share my philosophy.. i do exactly what you say everyday.. I'm should change my name to Committed.. thank you yet again for the support and care.. I'm sure we all thank you.. :-)


Posted By randy

Ah.... I see. "Golden Oldie". Just goes to show that I am too distracted to have caught that. Thanks for the eye-opener!


Posted By randy

Off subject... but did I miss something? Why are several commenters wishing 'Happy Holidays' and 'Happy 2012'? I need to re-read this... maybe it was a "best-of" -- or I missed an entire year as I was watching Wolf! LOL


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
There is Here...
There is Here without the "T."


Posted By Vernon
I was being prudent
How will I ever justify reading your encouraging post if I can't exercise prudence one in a while.


Posted By mark
Stay committed damnit!
Sometimes, It's tough to stay committed to something that makes no money. Music. But I love it too damn much to do that! Writing free promo packs for musicians,articles and free material for small labels. I should stop whining and get back to work. Local artist I need to do a review on. his material reminds me of ex-Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian. I guess I do love this! Thanks Mike.


Posted By Phyllis Sinclair
Dear Prudence
Hi Michael, I enjoy reading your blogs. Today, however, not so much. Your article "Dear Prudence" left me concerned about the future of music. I'm hoping that music is not just about "getting big", and "making money". Here is my take on your blog. While The Committed allow themselves to be consumed with their art, engulfed in their work and overrun with too many creative ideas., The Prudent allow themselves to be distracted by emails, Facebook, Wolf Blitzer and the news of the day so they can write about the things that are of concern, and that matter, to their fans While The Committed are at work growing their company, upgrading their websites and investing in exciting new ventures, The Prudent keep an eye on world developments, the economy, and the future of society so they can write passionate songs that affect change. While The Committed are busy making tough choices, confronting impossible decisions and taking big risks, The Prudent get hooked by a line they hear in the politics of the day which becomes their song hook. While The Committed get their hands dirty; designing new products, placing new songs, publishing new books and writing inspiring screenplays, The Prudent design songs, videos, album covers that appeal to those who are concerned about the future of mankind and the Earth to inspire those authors and other writers while making royalties from the songs they write that fit into other works. While The Committed step out onto the skinny branches and form partnerships, make agreements, sign contracts and cash checks...often BIG ones, The Prudent scratch their heads and wonder how money became the driving force behind good music. God bless Pete Seeger. And while The Committed work to improve theirs. The Prudent pause at the end of the day to admire their prudent work that they have written not just for their self gratification, but for others and to improve their world. A good friend of mine once said, "The Music Industry has turned us all into Hustlers." Sad, but true. There is ample room for prudence in the music industry. Don't forget the additional lines to the song. Dear Prudence Won't you come out to pla-a-ay? Dear Prudence, Greet the brand new da-a-a-ay The sun is up, the sky is blue It's beautiful, and so are you Dear Prudence, Won't you come out to play? I have to ask what are The Committed, committed to. I hope it's not just to lining their pockets and feeding their egos. Lord help music, if that's the case.


Posted By Luna
So True
I am definitely in the committed and even though I'm not where i want to be, I know i will get there as long as i stay the course :)


Posted By Paula Maya
DEAR PRUDENCE
Ha! Love it!! And, the committed didn't feel sorry for themselves. Obrigada Michael, paz! p


Posted By Caroline Mackay
Busy with Music
Thanks for your outlook, Michael. Indeed it makes me feel purposeful to have a written vision for my Harp business, to be busy with music every week, having deadlines for arranging, composing, teaching, performing. It keeps many other people busy too, and they seem to be happy with the challenges. We watch almost no television or movies, so it suits us to have our days full of activities and service, directed at a brighter community future filled with the Arts and each other! Happy New Year to all.


Posted By E.Gibson
life
Thankyou J.M.D for all the great words as I am finally getting my music off the ground.I hope you have bounced back from the accident.Cheers, E.G.


Posted By JoAnn Braheny
Dear Prudence
Michael... Funny how so many of us get distracted, when what really makes us feel best is spending time & energy on our own passions, writing, music, etc. I guess it's like 'junk food' -- too easily available. But, deep down, we know what's better for us. We just need a tap on the shoulder. Your blog does that, thanks. May you all have a creatively productive & fun 2012.


Posted By JASON LEE KARSTENS
THANK YOU
All the blogs are more than encouraging. I am an artist in some senses the quintessential artist. I have slept in my car for months, slept on top of my high school roof, slept on the street and on porches, destroyed relationships with girlfriends/friends/family "because of my music life style", quit all my jobs for music, slept on couches and floors of willing participants, struggle with my own vices(things i am not proud of) and constantly fight with myself and the doubtful insecurities everyday and they should get easier you'd think as time goes to fight off because of practice but they only get harder the older you get in some ways... in some ways i have matured and i have good days where i can bounce anything off me that is negative but it is almost always up and down day to day. I have been working straight for 13 years on my "music career" with very little breaks. I turned a new chapter in my life going from a drummer to a solo artist as of this year, it is the hardest thing I have done yet and the most rewarding in allot of ways but I have not seen one shed of media or popularity progress in 13 yeas of trying and trying and trying and doing, putting in the work, the man hours and i mean hours upon hours - days upon days- weeks- months- years and now over a decade and very very little has changed for me in comparison of the work and promoting i put in. I still sleep on my mothers living room floor as of 8 months ago, i have no job, no car, no girlfriend, im loosing everything again for the countless time...... but i will tell you this no matter what demise i produce for myself or that the world tries to trip me up with i will not give up, i will become stronger and more resilient and hopefully one day i will be recognized for my efforts and music/art. thank you MJD for all your encouragement. www.reverbnation.com/jasonkarstens


Posted By Spunky Munkey
Just What I Needed
Brilliant, an intellectual kick in the, I have a choice come Jan 1, should I fall out of my former life as Led Zep said.


Posted By Beth Simms
Beatle Wisdom
"Dear Prudence...meet the brand new day..."


Posted By Billy Wagg
Crushed
Your last line killed me: "However not to worry, there’s always next year.." That's what I've been saying most of my life! And although I have money in the bank, I am artisticly busted. I intend to hire you Michael to get me out of this creative slump!


Posted By Steve Kercher
Darren Hardy
See Darren Hardy's keynote address on you tube for more on this subject: http://youtu.be/hQSCueg4tNQ


Posted By Mark Ludmer
Dear Prudence
Gives me a whole new outlook on one of my fave Beatles tunes! ;)


Posted By Steffan
Thank you SO much...
Michael, Your posts are TRUELY needed. Just as MyManBart and many others have admitted, I TOO have done some waiting and wishing, when I should have been creating and creeping up on the competition and leaving them in the rear view. Time to turn off ESPN and get it right! Thanks Michael, God bless you and Happy Holidays!


Posted By Rachel
Focused by Passion
Hi Michael! I liked your blog! I agree with the other bloggers, that success is not always measured in dollars, depending on one's motives. I feel rich in ways that one cannot measure! Have yourself a JOYful season! May everyone have one! Rachel


Posted By Debra Russell
Interested vs. Committed
This reminds me of that quote "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. One of the things I do as a coach is help people recognized when they've only been interested and help them get committed!


Posted By YS Winston
PERFECT!!!
Spot on, Michael! Thanks for the immer encouragement. Gotta go - got some tunes to finish! Peace and best for the holidays.


Posted By Peter Kimmel
Commitment
While I was in fact committed to success this past year, and saw a good deal of it in my work, accomplishments, etc., "commitment" is about a lot more than opening the mailbox and finding a "Big one". Why, you can even collect a big check while being a bloviating buffoon (can you say, "winning" now, Charlie, without gagging?). Commitment has to do with full-on 100% focussed intention (you know this stuff, Michael), whether one is committed to financial or material success goals, weight loss, sobriety, even committed to being lazy or inactive, whatever yours are. Or, how about committed to social change, for instance. Ask Gandhi or Mother Theresa about commitment. No big checks there, but BOY did THEY "move heaven and earth". Ask a committed participant in Occupy Wall Street or Occupy L.A. about commitment to social change! Yeah, we did that in the 60s&70s, remember? Worked. Ask a returning Marine about his or her commitment to his/her service brothers/sisters and their commitment to just staying alive at the front, THEY know about commitment.


Posted By Matt Moran
Book deal, songs in the studio, and other truths
Hey Michael, I wrote you a few weeks back.. have a new book deal and looks like a second. I just blogged about writing a personal declaration of independence... http://www.kreativeknowledge.com/2011/12/15/declaring-independence-permission-needed/ My first advice for people wanting to "do something" is kill the news, subscribe to blogs like yours and Chris Guillebeau's Art of Non-Conformity, and stop listening to the "Agents of Pessimism". As usual, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for the reminder/encouragement. I'm sharing...


Posted By Mica Lee Williams
Mixed Feelings
I have to say, this post brings up mixed feeling for me. There is more to life than money, and there is meaning to be found in asking questions bigger than ourselves--like why so many go without in the nation of ample prosperity and opportunity you articulate here, and do they have the same advantages to make big checks as, say, you or I? So while I wholeheartedly embrace the notion of honest effort and continuing to make strides, both creatively and in terms of security, I don't think it should be a "horns of a dilemma" that we are either working on making lots of money for ourselves or we're worrying about our nations political/social climate. Large scale change doesn't happen in a vacuum. I think one can and should do both, and I for one do. I hope that this is read in the example-setting spirit it is intended. Thanks for sharing your blog and your "can do" spirit. I enjoy them both. Happy Holidays.


Posted By Mica Lee Williams
Mixed Feelings
I have to say, this post brings up mixed feeling for me. There is more to life than money, and there is meaning to be found in asking questions bigger than ourselves--like why so many go without in the nation of ample prosperity and opportunity you articulate here, and do they have the same advantages to make big checks as, say, you or I? So while I wholeheartedly embrace the notion of honest effort and continuing to make strides, both creatively and in terms of security, I don't think it should be a "horns of a dilemma" that we are either working on making lots of money for ourselves or we're worrying about our nations political/social climate. Large scale change doesn't happen in a vacuum. I think one can and should do both, and I for one do. I hope that this is read in the example-setting spirit it is intended. Thanks for sharing your blog and your "can do" spirit. I enjoy them both. Happy Holidays.


Posted By Martin Rachins
Comitted
I've been a successful show biz entrepreneur for many years. What I mean by successful is I've made a lot of money. I absolutely love your blogs and agree with most of them. However this one really got to me because this past year I allowed procrastination and distraction over take me. (Just saying those words feels powerful.) I've sat on my expensive sofa in my expensive house all year, allowing Blitzer and Cooper to distract me away from my family and business. So my new years resolution is to turn off the news for 6-months and see what happens. I'll keep you in the loop Michael.


Posted By Louis Reveles
Next Year
Next year I'm going to be in the "comitted" column.


Posted By MyManBart
WAKE UP CALL!
I've been asleep all year, waiting for my phone to ring, waiting for the mailman, waiting for a knock on the door. meanwhile I'm guilty of watching way too much news. I'm not waiting till January 1 to start. As of this minute I'm committed. i can't thank you enough Michael for reminding me of what I already knew.

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• LEAP OF FAITH (Read time 0:29)
• That Time’n Thang (Read time 0:57)
• LIVING WITH ANTS (Read time 0:27)
• ROMANCING THE STONE (Read time 0:51)
• PLAYING SMALL (Read time 0:51)
• FLY IN THE RED ZONE
• ART + COMMERCE (Read time 0:43)
• A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47)

2012 Posts:
• 7-Ways To Make 2013 Better
• MIRACLE ON 34th (Read time 1:13)
• FAIL-SAFE
• FOLLOW THE LEADERS (Read time 0:39)
• ABSENCE OF FORMULA (Read time 0:51)
• Beginners Mind (Read time 0:43)
• 35 DAYS (Read time 0:47)
• THANKS!
• INDUSTRY MELT DOWN (READ TIME 1:37)
• Your Tired Strategy (Read time 0:27)
• FADE TO BLACK (Read time 1:27)
• DEEPER TRUTH (Read time 0:47)
• Blow Away Distraction 2012
• Unseen Unsold (Read Time 0:49)
• FILIBUSTER (Read time 0:30)
• Got Something To Prove? (Read time 0:37)
• R U OUT OF YOUR MIND? (read time 1:13)
• NO BIG SPLASH (Read time 0:27)
• Modus Operandi (Read time 0:49)
• DETACH (read time (0:31)
• PLAY BIGGER (Read time 0:17)
• DON’T GIVE UP (Read time :037)
• ALL TOGETHER NOW (Read time 1:03)
• R U READY? (Read time 0:47)
• EVERY SINGLE DAY (Read time 0:51)
• The New Marketing Dept. (Read time 0:23)
• O Captain! My Captain! (Read time 0:57)
• THE WORKHORSE AND THE FILLY (Read time 0:21)
• KEEP YOUR BOOTS MUDDY (Read time 0:37)
• When UR Best Effort Fails (Read time 0:29)
• STEEP CLIMB (Read time 0:27)
• SILENCE OF CHAMPIONS (Read time 1:13)
• WHY IT’S NOT WORKING (Read time 0:31)
• THE BUCK STOPS HERE (Read time 0:51)
• WE ALREADY TRIED THAT (Read Time 0:29)
• CHOOSE ONE (Read time 1:09)
• COMMIT NO PETTINESS
• LEGWORK (Read time 0:15)
• ARTISTS vs. ENTREPRENEURS (Read time 1:03)
• 5-YEAR SURPRISE! (Read time 0:43)
• MID-YEAR TO DO LIST (Read time 0:53)
• ALL IN (Read time 0:33)
• WHAT IF NOTHING CHANGES? (Read time 0:21)
• WADDA JACKASS! (Read time 1:07)
• WHAT ARE U SO AFRAID OF? (Read time 0:57)
• DON’T THINK! (Read time :31)
• Why incumbents rarely invent the future (Read time 1:13)
• THE BOX (Read time 0:33)
• STAND UP IN THE BOAT! (Read time 0:27)
• YOU’RE DREAM’N! (Read time 0:57)
• KNOWING (Read time 0:33)
• CONCEALED CONCERNS (Read time 0:47)
• TAMING THE $$$ BEAST (Read time 1:17)
• FAKING IT (Read time 0:17)
• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)