King said, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” The Beatles found something that moved them from writing www.lifeofanartist.nl the pentatonic flavoured “Love Me Do” to the colorful songs on “Sgt Pepper’s.” Sting, already versed in incorporating diverse musical styles in the post-punk/reggae infused Police, started a jazz-inspired solo career. By being open to any possibility — reading, learning, and fully experiencing life from all angles, we allow ourselves to make a positive influence on our neighbors and to shape and change the world.
3. Set and Achieve Goals- One of the biggest reasons most Artists fail lies in the inability to achieve growth in sales, in their fanbase, or in their creativity. You can overcome this by setting goals related to your output of songs, growth of your fanbase, and specific promotion goals and targets. Ringo Starr looks at his ambition to succeed this way: “Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.”
4. Innovate, Innovate, Innovate- Yesterday’s innovation is today’s standard. An Artist must always innovate their approach to their creativity, their approach to their music, and their promotional techniques. You must continually see faster, better, and cheaper ways to produce and sell your work. Refuse to stay inside a comfort zone. The comfort zone is a killer of hopes and dreams. Jon Bon Jovi described his desire to do something new and unique this way: “Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.”
5. Learn to Solve Problems Quickly- It’s been said that a goal not achieved is simply an unsolved problem. The only thing standing in the way of you becoming more successful as an Artist are problems that you have yet to solve. Identify a problem and immediately move to finding potential solutions. Try breaking down every problem to something you can master within minutes. If you can’t, the problem is still too big.
6. Always Take Immediate Action- Make sure that you stay focused on key tasks, but remember that organization and planning alone get nothing done. Prioritize what needs to be done, and do it now. Always be working on what you should be working on. If you are doing something it means you’re not doing something else – so make sure it’s the right task at the right time. You time is limited, irretrievable, and irreplaceable. Anthony Robbins states it this way: “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”