Are You Stuck?

Let’s try something – – raise your hand if you have goals for your career that you’re not meeting right now.


Look at that. Every single hand went up.

Now, I want you to identify the biggest goal you have – – the one that would change your life in a really positive way.

Got it? Good…

advice for musicians storytellersNow I have a question to ask you – – do you dabble or do you commit?

Think about that for a second, and I’d love your honest answer.

If you can truly say that you commit to figuring it out, and you work consistently at achieving that goal, then chances are you’re going to get there.

(And you can stop reading right here.)

But most of us don’t do that.

For the vast majority of us, we tend to do a little bit here and a little bit there . . .

. . . and then we forget about it for a while . . .

. . . and then we start something else, and do that for a little while . . .

And before we know it, two years have gone by and we’re in the exact same place.

It’s Really Simple

(It’s just not always easy.)

This probably should have been the very first article on the blog (rather than #53!), because it truly is the foundation – the “secret,” even – for progress as an independent artist.

Your attempt to gain new ground is quite unlikely to succeed without that commitment to tackle the issue with a singular focus and make it work through consistent effort.

It’s so obvious, isn’t it?

Of course it is – it’s just not exactly easy, especially for those of us who’ve spent years (or decades!) as dabblers.

Your Action Plan

I don’t know what that big goal of yours is, but you do.

Maybe it’s…

  • to quit your day job and pursue your passion full-time
  • to recover your pre-COVID performing income
  • to start working with schools
  • to book more of a certain kind of gig
  • to sell more recordings
  • to get your live streaming thing together
  • to get your music heard by a wider audience

Whatever it is, commit to doing everything you can to achieve it.

(And forget about all the other shiny objects out there that keep distracting you.)

There are a TON of free resources available online to help you (and right here, I might add), and plenty of paid courses and consultants you can hire if you’re really feeling stuck.

But the point is this – dabbling will not get you to the next place.

(Final bonus motivation: most other artists are dabbling.)

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About The Blog

The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms for Connected Educator MonthSince leaving a white-collar marketing job in 1992, Dave Ruch has been educating and entertaining full-time in schools, historical societies and museums, folk music and concert venues, libraries, and online via distance learning programs.

Along the way, he’s learned a great deal about supporting a family of four as a musician.

The Educate and Entertain blog provides articles, tips, encouragements, and how-to’s for regional performers (in any region) interested in making a great full-time living in the arts.

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