Are You Ready To Stop Working?

Written by John Colanzi

I've got a confession to make.

I don't work anymore.

I haven't worked in almost two years.


I have so much fun online. I would never consider it work.

The amazing thing isrepparttar more fun I haverepparttar 124085 better my results. Once I quit working everything just fell into place.

If you're not having fun and if you consider your online enterprise just another 9 to 5, maybe you should reconsider your goals.

Don't take my word for it, listen to what some ofrepparttar 124086 worlds greatest thinkers have to say about Work.

Considerrepparttar 124087 lilies ofrepparttar 124088 field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Jesus

Work is love made visible. Kahil Gibran

What we call "creative work" ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a days work in his last fifty years. Stephen Leacock

If you feel that work is a punishment or hardship, or if you have no desire for work, or live inrepparttar 124089 hopes of retiring soon - do not think you are entertainingrepparttar 124090 thoughts of a wise man; you are merely dancing torepparttar 124091 tunes that savages played ten thousand years ago. Patanjali

Don't Dream It, DO IT!

Written by Janet Fisher

A music "dream" isn't something that just happens one day. You don't sign-on-the-line and gain a freedom from responsibility. Music is not a one-round game, but a continuing, daily thread. It isrepparttar way your real world works in conjunction with your music world. (They should overlap, or at least impact/reflect each other DAILY.) Don't DREAM it, DO it.

DEFINE THE DREAM What is it you are actually trying to do? Berepparttar 124084 world's best writer? Become a megastar performer? Leadrepparttar 124085 church choir? Own a record label that records other acts?

You would not believe how many writer/artists come to me, saying they just want to do "something" inrepparttar 124086 Music Industry. Sorry, you have to specialize a bit more than that!

Sit down with paper and pen. Define EXACTLY what it is in your heart that you dream of. (Hint,repparttar 124087 biggerrepparttar 124088 dream,repparttar 124089 harder to achieve...but as long as you are prepared to give what it takes, you'll find a place inrepparttar 124090 scheme of things.)

Byrepparttar 124091 way, I have to do this, because I get sidetracked by wanting to do too many things. I constantly have to reassess projects and schedules...just part of business in a busy, busy world.

RESEARCH THE DREAM Let's say you decided that you want to be a great writer, who is successfully cut onrepparttar 124092 charts, and makes a lot of money. Do you know whatrepparttar 124093 real charts are? Who's on them currently? What labels are consistently charted? The styles ofrepparttar 124094 top ten successes inrepparttar 124095 last two years?

Do you know whatrepparttar 124096 actual elements of a great standard song are? Can you namerepparttar 124097 top sellers of all time in your genre? The top sellers ofrepparttar 124098 current year? And do you know why they attained success? Do you hone your skills and knowledge whenever you have a chance?

Can you makerepparttar 124099 presentation of your art a commercial reality? Not just WILL you, CAN you?

PRACTICE THE DREAM Go do 150 sit ups without practice. Go write a great song without practice. You have to practice (i.e., actually write) everyday, just like you would with any improvement program. Ifrepparttar 124100 newest song you are showing is old, you are not competing as a writer.

REWRITE THE DREAM If something doesn't gorepparttar 124101 exact direction you thought it should have, rewriterepparttar 124102 situation. If it'srepparttar 124103 song that has flaws, rewrite it until they are gone. If it'srepparttar 124104 voice, get some training.

If it'srepparttar 124105 gig, create one that works for you. When I was playing gigs in KCMO, I went torepparttar 124106 Plaza, to nice places that DIDN'T have entertainment. I'd offerrepparttar 124107 owner a free evening of music, if he liked it, I'd work X amount of weekends for X amount per night. I almost always gotrepparttar 124108 gig, partly because I was prepared, partly because few can resist something for nothing and not sense some obligatory return. (Most wanted entertainment, but had no idea they could afford it.) For me, it was a way to go.

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