Taking Steps In A Positive Direction

How you do what you do can change the outcome of your work and it could open ways to new opportunities in the future if done right. No matter what you face, if you approach things in a positive way, leaving no hard feelings behind, set your goals and learn from your mistakes, it will help form a great network and opportunities in your career. After all, it is the journey not the destination and if you enjoy chasing your goals, whether big or small, you can be successful. In this week’s episode, Johnny Minardi talks about how to create a well-rounded and balanced life with a great support network through consistently finding the right path.

Here are some tips and tricks that can be extracted from this episode to achieve positivity in your journey in the music industry.

Set Goals

  • Setting goals is something we all need to do at some point. It might be hard to know when to go from walking through the door as it opens to being intentional about what you are doing. There is nothing wrong with either of them, and your career can be formed with the combination of the two.
  • If your goal is to work in the music industry, taking chances and going with the flow along the way can create positive results.
  • Remember, everybody starts small and gets somewhere.
  • It is important to know what you don’t want just as much as knowing what you do want.

Handle Rejection

  • You will be told no until you will be told yes. Learn to handle rejection because it is not the end of the world. Brush it off your shoulders and keep doing your best towards your goal.
  • Rejection might affect you and that is understandable. However, your journey in the music industry doesn’t end there.

 Take Your Chances

  • There is nothing wrong with trial and error. Take your chances and go. If it sucks, you can come home. Nothing changes. Just try it.
  • Do whatever you want because that could absolutely work.
  • What keeps changing the music industry is the new visions, so take your idea and go nuts with it.

Navigating in the Music Industry

  • Music industry is small and if you are not being nice, you are found out quickly especially when you are trying to get a new job or transfer.
  • Focus on your reputation and be a good person even when something is not working out for you. Being nice and thoughtful comes first. 
  • You are friends with your competitors, and it is hard to navigate in an industry where you are friends with the people you are competing with.
  • Throughout your music industry journey, everything will add up to your experience and will help you form empathy.

Surround Yourself with Valuable Information

  • Finding like-minded individuals and understanding their goals and roads in the music industry is so important.
  • If you don’t have a local friend group, there are so many great resources on YouTube, podcasting world, and books that you can surround yourself with.

Book Recommendations

  1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  2. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Eric Jorgenson
  3. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan
  4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  5. Lynchpin: Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin
  6. Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt by Butch Walker and Matt Diehl
  7. Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore by Dan Ozzi 


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