This is going to be an interesting blog post. It is geared towards the up and coming producer, wanting to create beats, and produce full time.
Here are my thoughts on why instant success isn’t all what it seems like.
Are You Ready to Be Successful?
If you were to become successful today, do you think you’d be ready?
Let’s take people who buy lottery tickets. They invest, not too much, let’s say $3 a ticket. If they won the big jackpot, would they be ready?
You always hear of horror stories of people winning the lottery. Whether that be random people calling for cash, or people who hit your heart close; your family.
Sure, money can bring tons of satisfaction, and make life tremendously easier at times, but as most things in life, there’s two sides to every story.
My thoughts towards working to be successful definitely outweighs instant success. Within my music career, I have gained so much knowledge, and confidence, that I’m actually grateful for having to learn how to work towards being successful. Let me explain.
Off of my first album, if I were to of hit it big, I definitely would not have been ready.
Since my first iTunes album, I’ve learnt a tremendous amount about audio production, relationship skills, how to build a website, how to market a website, learning how to advertise, manage money, and pay taxes at a company level, and yet still find time to live life, as life isn’t always about work.
My piano skills, music knowledge, production skills, and mixing skills (I didn’t master my first album) on my first album were very poor. Not to say they are strong, but it’s definitely a far way I’ve come.
Learning ALL the Tricks of the Trade
As you can read above, look at all those skills I have been practicing and developing since my first iTunes album.
If I were to of gained instant success, I probably wouldn’t of learned any of these skills.
Now, let’s compare this to a beat submission. What if you hit it big with a very well-known artist? Making your production name sought after, and so much money coming in, you don’t know what to do with it.
If you worked towards your success, you should have a general idea where to invest this money to help push your business even further.
The generation we are living in, is a life of fast, and now. Make your song, put it on YouTube, and it can be viral by the same time next week.
However, in life, to remain successful, organized, and stress-free, things take some planning. If success just happens like that, you must be very careful with your actions, thoughts, and words, cause if you’re not ready for it, little mistakes can become big disasters.
Is Instant Success Bad?
Now, I’m not saying instant success is bad, but I can say from hearing one too many stories, the person who was instantly successful wasn’t prepared for success.
Learning the slow way towards success offers a lot of benefits such as patience, and learning all the skills I have talked about above. You slowly grow, and learn to run a business in a professional-like manner, while touching on most aspects of the job. It may be a hard, painful process, but the reward is great!
Also something to mention is that people will say, “You can’t do all the jobs”. And however, that is true cause there is only so much time in a day, but if you live by this, you are going to be restricted in so many areas, relying on people, rather than getting the job done yourself!
However, if one were to achieve instant success, they should have buried in their heart that they should still learn these traits, even if they are not necessary for your success. They will teach you how to run your business, and save time and money. Plus, the more jobs you know within your industry, the more services you can offer, and the more knowledgeable you are to help others.
In the end, it all comes down to organization. If I were to hit instant success, I know I wouldn’t be ready, and I’m very grateful that the Lord is allowing this to be a hard, long process to a solid foundation in the music career.
Set your goals, take it one day at a time, and prayer is going to be your ultimate choice of weapon while pursing your dream.
If instant success hit you tomorrow, are you ready?