Has your career or business taken off yet? If not, it may be because you’re holding yourself back. Maybe you’re aware of it. Maybe you’re not.
So, let me ask you a question: How many opportunities have come your way that you either ignored or turned down? Maybe you meant to jump on them…but you didn’t. Before you knew it, the deadlines passed or the opportunity was given to someone else.
Yes, the music business and entrepreneurship can be scary endeavors (If you didn’t catch the stories in my previous blog post, you can read them here.) But how much longer are you going to continue to play small?
Why do some people’s careers take off while others stagnate? Yes, some people are unbelievably talented. Others have really good connections or are just in the right place at the right time.
Some actually sabotage their own success by their actions – or inactions. I’ve seen this happen time and time again. It has broken up some of my best bands. And it just breaks my heart.
In my experience as a coach and mentor for both musicians and entrepreneurs, I’ve noticed that there are several reasons why people stay where they are. It’s often not a talent issue but a mindset issue. I map out 4 common areas of concern in the following video:
As I mentioned in my book, Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula, inaction comes at a very high price. In finance terms, it’s called “lost opportunity cost.” However, it goes beyond the amount of money you would have made if you took a particular opportunity. You can’t calculate “the ripple effect.” That’s when other opportunities appear because you took that opening slot, or speaking gig, or interview, etc.
Yes, you should carefully consider opportunities, read contracts, and ask for help when needed. But don’t freeze your talent and potential because you’re afraid to move forward or you’re not sure what to do next. Life’s short. If not now, when?
Do any of these 4 issues resonate with you? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Founder and CEO of Rock the Next Stage. She offers music mentoring for serious musicians to help them make an impact – and a solid income! Dori offers business and ADHD coaching, live performance coaching, booking, management, and more. She specializes in Christian artists and young talent but she has worked with many others. She is also a percussionist, drum therapist, rockin’ speaker, and a best-selling author. Be sure to snag Dori’s FREE report above: Career Killers: 20 Mistakes Musicians Make.