I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
I was sitting at Coffee Bean with a client who is a very successful P.R. person, and we were discussing her “willingness” to do what ever it takes to grow her company and expand her client roster. Finally I suggested that a conversation about what she was “unwilling” to do could be more interesting and valuable. At that point there was a pause the size of the Grand Canyon, and the dialog immediately shifted to the land of resistance and denial—which led to this question: What are you “unwilling” to do to forward your art or enterprise?
Are you unwilling to be the one to “step up” and resolve any communication breakdowns or personal/business conflicts with your partners, team, clients, band mates or board members that may be stalling or stopping the progress of your project?
Are you unwilling to relax your tight grip on the way things were, and begin to embrace the way things are—especially with regard to technology?
Are you unwilling to give up being so desperately right about so many things— which only cause your artistic projects and entrepreneurial ventures to lose traction, fall behind and stress you out?
Are you unwilling to give up “guessing” and “self-diagnosing” on matters that only an (outside) expert should address? Especially during these challenging economic times when accuracy, productivity and efficiency are so vital.
Are you unwilling to put at risk who you are for who you could become, even if it meant starting over?
So easy to proclaim what we’re willing to do. So uncomfortable to confront what we’re not.
What are you "unwilling" to do to advance your art or enterprise?
|Posted By Rick Friend|
| Unwilling |
Wise and brave. Thanks
|Posted By Rachel|
| Integrity... |
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| Schetoma |
Just the question alone is such a powerful stimulus. Yesterday I found myself discussing the concept of awareness and not even knowing what we don't know, so this article is perfect timing. The first step in answering the question about willingness is to think it through. This step takes courage and a little time to actually list things out and is usually as far as most of us get. Identifying those blind spots in your life, the "schetomas" that are present, can also become habit, an autopilot effect like driving. Just like driving, every vehicle has a blind spot that must be considered before making a move or changing direction. Get in the drivers seat of your life and look in the mirrors routinely. It's not always easy but can be the difference between arriving at your destination or being delayed or worse by driving blind. Thanks for putting it out there... Ken
|Posted By Floyd Burney|
| do what it takes ? |
....It is precisely because of too many people who'll "do what whatever it takes to make it" in the music business that has produced the Lady Gaga's & Justin Bieber's and made pop music a clown show.
|Posted By Alex Prusmack|
| Kick@$$ Advice |
Truly an inspiration, Thank you for your words of focus. No need to doubt being Alive and feeling the electricity life offers, Doesn't cost a Dime Just a Little time. Well, Maybe a few few Dimes along the way but so What. What are we here for but to Live a full Life. As Artists.
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Willingness... |
Another great post! If you choose the path of the entrepreneur aka pro musician you have to be willing to do what it takes to be successful. That means MAKING the time to make a plan and follow it daily until you reach your goals. If we compare ourselves to highly-trained pros like doctors or even laborers we may see them seeing patients or digging ditches while we're sipping our coffee in our pajamas checking *everyone else's* Facebook status. As difficult as the music business is I doubt that many of us have the luxury of wasting time unless we have a trust fund, a rich uncle or won the lottery. Even then time slips away away away... If you are not willing to spend 40+ quality hours a week on your musical career it is unlikely that you will be successful. As a matter of fact- if you ever get successful you will no doubt spend 40+ hours a week just maintaining your business (music career) so you may as well get in the habit now.
|Posted By Jennifer K|
| Goid one! |
This one really got me thinking about how much I stand in my own way. If I really tell the truth about it I'm unwilling to do do many things. Mostly let go of how the industry used to be and accept how it is today. I've had some songwriting success in the past but things are so much different now. I guess I need to get with it, especially the computer stuff. Thank you Michael for the wake up call.
|Posted By Paul D Ortega|
| re un-willingness |
hello michael - nice blog! i've been in your tribe / loop for a few months now, read and digested your commentary, words of wisdom and revelation. no bad side effects as yet. i just completed recording, mixing and mastering my second cd "blank accelerator" under the moniker "whnusmile", (myspace/whnusmile) something i thought i'd never do. it was a combination of me unwilling to wait for people, especially me and believing i have something worth sharing. thanks for the thoughts, continued success.
|Posted By Claire Rice|
| willingness |
I'm willing to do anything. I'm unwilling to give up.
|Posted By Rami|
| Unwilling |
This great blog makes me so unconfortable to think about so many things I am unwilling to do. I won't sell my soul, I won't compromise my integrity, I won't sell out just for money, and I won't give up my dream.