People in general are ignorant about money, so it’s no surprise that generations coming up are having problems with it. It’s almost a waste of breath to even talk about it because it seems so basic to someone like me, but it’s really not basic based on the numbers. Bankrate.com says 68% of Americans save little or nothing. Yes, there is disparity in our country and in the world, but the problem is not that people who are poor that do not save, the problem is that people that have money don’t save either.
I meet a lot of people who tell me "You're so Lucky". You're right, I am. I've earned the right to be lucky. I'm not going to go into all my stories of hardship because quite frankly, I don't want to remember them. I don't even really look at the podcasts I've done because that's where I was, not where I am. But for those who think they are so much farther behind than me, I am going to lay out a few things that may help. That being said, if you feel so far behind relative to your fellow human, here are some things you can do to get ahead.
Look all over the internet and you will find any kind of information you want about the music business and what you “should” be out there doing. “Play for exposure”, “get more followers”, “just become great and people will find or help you”. These are some of the myths perpetuated to musicians and artists that are not helping their causes at all. This podcast outlines some of these myths so that you can be aware of what could potentially be a pitfall for you if you listen to some of these myths on the internet.
You hear all sorts of variations on the statement "What a privilege to get to do what you love for a living!", when you are successful doing something that you like or may be good at. There is a lot of truth to that statement but it's a double-sided coin. That being said, here are some thoughts I have on the curse of being successful.