Remember this old saying from Henry Ford… “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are right.”
Well, it’s so true isn’t it?
The only thing that really matters at the end of the day is the amount of belief that you have in yourself and the music you are creating because without that belief, you don’t have a career
Personally, I’ve been a songwriter and musician for over thirty years.
In that time however, I have only really believed in myself and my abilities in recent times and what I’ve found is that because of this, I have achieved much more in my career now than in the years preceding my new found belief in myself.
I don’t remember the pivotal moment where I finally climbed up the top of the music career mountain and triumphantly carved my flag of belief into its summit but I do remember the feeling of being okay to be doing what I am doing and therefore, being okay to be ME.
That same feeling can also be for YOU too (if you allow it to be).
Now, I can’t tell you how to believe in yourself, only you can do that but I can tell you that if you are lacking in self belief then you are certainly not alone.
This is because we live in a world that is not overly tolerant to artistic endeavours. Recently I had someone ask me at a function the stock standard ice breaking question…
Q – “What do you do for a living?”
A – “I am a musician”
Q – “Oh, that’s nice. So what is it that you really do?”
That really threw me back. I was initially insulted but I proudly answered that being a musician was my ‘real job’.
We as musicians are always being told (mostly by mainly well meaning individuals) things like:
- You can never make a living out of a hobby
- You need something to fall back on
- You should go and get a “real” job.
(Please bear in mind, if you’re currently working a day job, I am NOT telling you to give it up)
What I’m saying is that when you have belief in yourself and what you do any decision that you make is made for you only, not to appease well meaning friends or family.
Be proud of what you do but don’t be too proud to not take advice from people that have trodden the path that you are about to take. Use this blog for instance to ask any question that you want.
I will only give you encouragement because I have been there myself.
Always remember, no matter how many articles you read, how many courses you take, how many bands you play in or how many gigs you do, you can’t get others to believe in you unless you start believing in yourself.
Starting today, go and look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you deserve to be a musician and that you are not going to feel guilty about it.
After that, it’s time to go forth and ROCK (or country or punk or whatever you do).
Until next time, just get out and do it,
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