Success In The Music Business Is Not A Universal Constant

Let me ask you a question… “What does success mean to you?”

This for many people is a really difficult question to answer yet the answer will determine how you see yourself as a musician songwriter or anything else that you choose to do in life.

Let me ask you another question… If you looked up the word success in the dictionary would you see a picture of a musician up on stage playing in front of 50,000 people?

No, but you would however see success defined as…

The favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the accomplishment of one’s goals

You know, if you believed what the music industry defined as success you would be thinking that to be successful you would need to

  • Have a number one hit song under our belt
  • Have sold 1 million CDs
  • Have played at Wembley Stadium or Madison Square Garden
  • Be insanely rich
  • Be known by every person on the planet
  • Have a recording contract
  • Be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine

Well, allow me let you in on a little secret…

Success in the music industry is defined by you and you alone. How successful you are is solely determined by your own definition of what success is.

Therefore success in the music business is not a universal constant but determined by YOU.

Now with that in mind let me ask you the question again… “What does success mean to you?”

Your answer can go one of two ways.

You can either choose to align yourself with what the music industry dictates it to be or, you can pave your own path by establishing your own success goals and devoting your musical career to achieving them.

That is what being an independent artist is all about. How you feel about yourself and what you do is much more important than what anyone else says about it.

As the old saying goes… “success is a journey not a destination.”

Define what success in the music business means to you, align your realistic and step-by-step goals to it, put your goals into action and walk your own musical path with your head held high knowing that your success is all up to you.

Until next time, just get out there and do it

Corey Stewart
All About Music Business

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