A new priority in life, quality over quantity, always.

As I’ve been listening through Leaders Eat Last for the second time, a wonderful book written by Simon Sinek, I found myself listening with an increased sense of anxiety. Maybe it’s the faint smell of pollen in the air, mercilessly attacking my allergies? No, it’s that the subject matter in this book hits home so hard. In it, Simon addresses the core tenets of true leadership, and in the simplest sense a true leader, according to him, is someone who Continue reading

Book Review – The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

9780812981605Holy smokes this book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, made me rethink so many things in my life. My nervous ticks, my stupid habits that annoy even me, my good habits that have really helped me out over the years. This book should be the follow up to reading The Slight Edge (Also The Compound Effect, as those books are pretty similar in concept), because in order to execute the teachings in those books, this book can really give you insight into how you function at a subconscious level.

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Book Review – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

This book, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, really hit home, hard. I had already been on the hunt for something like this, and someone suggested it on my Facebook wall. I tried to find that person but I wasn’t able to, so if you’re reading this, THANK YOU (and please message me so I can credit you).

First off, it’s written in a format that allows you to understand exactly what they’re trying to convey, with real world examples from the battlefield, the overall message (in case it wasn’t clear) and then how to apply those teachings in real life, and business.

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If you want to make it in music, and you haven’t read this book, GTFO. Ari Herstand nails it.

Ari Herstand has become a beacon of hope for the new music industry, consistently offering top notch advice based on his experiences as a DIY artist in a way that’s meant to help others, something I hope to do as well, so immediately his site Ari’s Take resonated with me. Learning about the book he wrote lead me to purchase it, and well…. it blew me away. After reading so many books on music business, (which I’ll list recommended ones at the end of this blog) I started trying to sort out which ideas were even still relevant (some of the books were dated), and then how to apply them to this day and age considering the music industry is completely different than it was 20 years ago, shoot even 10 years ago it’s flipped on it’s head, and in the last 5 it’s made even MORE drastic changes.

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A few books that completely changed my perspective on making money in the music business

Thanks to a request from my friend and fellow entertainer Laryssa Birdseye, I’m writing this blog. I’m not going to waste any time, but about a year and a half ago I was beginning to think making money with music was hopeless, until I realized that treating my music business education the same way I treated my college degree (as something you actually have to read up on and study if you want to see any kind of progress) was when I started changing my perspective for the better about money and the music industry.

These books helped shape my current, much more optimistic perspective, and I’ll likely re-read them at some point in the not too distant future:

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