How to Create Your Own Good Luck

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I broke a handheld mirror. There was nothing special about it. It was just a crummy old mirror. And it was just an accident. But that didn't matter. Nowhere in the rule book does it exempt accidents. And so, just as the superstition goes, the next 7 years of my life were to be riddled with bad luck. That was the rule. And as a kid I believed it. I remember … [Read more...]

The One Thing Keeping You from Being Great

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The battle cry of the complacent and the one thing stopping you from crossing over from good to great. Nothing will steal your dream quicker than that comfortable feeling you get when things are good. If Steve Jobs and Apple marched to the beat of that drum there would be no iPhone 5 coming out soon because the first one would have been good enough. If that was … [Read more...]

Are You Willing to Let Go?

Letting go of my career as a professional musician was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. Even though I had not played professionally in over ten years, I couldn't get myself to do it. What would my family think of me if I just gave up on being a musician? How do I explain to my friends that I just quit? How will other musicians treat me thinking that I couldn't handle it? This … [Read more...]

Get a Real Job

For a majority of my life I have heard some variation of the phrase "get a real job" from the people around me once they heard that I was an entrepreneur and a musician. This little diddy comes in all different flavors, so don't be surprised if you find it hiding behind the pseudonym of "you need something to fall back on" as well. It's pretty much one in the same. I always wear the fact that I … [Read more...]

How Not to Get On Broadway

I was reading a post by blogger Chris Brogan yesterday entitled "Earning Attention" which in short was about earning a place of importance within your industry as opposed to having expectations of someone else take you there. I'm not going to do it justice by attempting to recreate his post in a sentence or two so how about we just make it mandatory to head over there and check it out...just … [Read more...]

Is Perfection Attainable?

Growing up we've all heard the expression "practice makes perfect" every time we inevitably screwed something up. It didn't matter if it was baseball, music, math or reading...whatever subject, sport or activity you happened to suck at during that stage of your life, it was our parents obligation as life-givers to pat us on the head and enthusiastically mutter "practice makes perfect!" But is … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Box and Inside the Can

The Internet is mostly about solving problems. Solving problems and playing Farmville. If you have a problem, all you need to do is search Google and within a nano-second you are introduced to over a bazillion (that's a real number by the way) different solutions to choose from. Unfortunately, you now have a new problem...all of the solutions look the same. This is what playing it safe looks … [Read more...]

There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

I was on a mission the other night to find a new pair of black shoes and found myself roaming the mall. As I was walking around, I passed a kid who couldn’t have been more than about 17 or 18 and was working at one of those “We Buy Gold” kiosks. They didn’t actually buy gold there, so the extent of his job was pretty much to point anyone that did ask him for more information in the right … [Read more...]

Newsflash: It’s All Your Fault!

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can do anything you want to do, be anything you want to be and have anything you want to have. The bad news is that if you aren't already doing it, being it or having it, it is 100% your fault. That's right. I don't mean to squash all of the excuses that help you sleep at night, but here are the facts. It's not because you are too young, too … [Read more...]