Trust No One, Get Nowhere

Trust…

So many people go through life claiming they don’t trust anyone, but the fact is you won’t make it very far with that mindset. Trust is a necessity, not an option. U trust the ppl that make your food (I’m sure you don’t cook everyday). In everything you do, you entrust someone else to come through to make your life easier in some way. A career in music is no different. The most important thing to know, though, is you won’t even know how to trust someone else ’til you learn to trust yourself.

Trust Begins With Self

How much do you believe that you can be successful? Are you willing to take risks? Are you committed to investing in your talent? Will you step out of your comfort zone to achieve challenging goals you set for yourself? How much are you willing to put on the line to prove that you want to make it so bad that nothing will get in your way – not ur own self-doubt, not your lack of trust in your abilities, not the opinions of others who doubt you….nothing? Can you honestly say that you trust in your abilities so much that you’re willing to work hard, using whatever resources you have at your disposal to achieve success? Do you believe that you’ll keep pushing when things get tough? Do you think you’ll continue despite the urge to quit? If your answer to these questions are all YES, then you are well on your way to being able to trust others to help you along your path to success. You better believe the challenges will come, so you had better prepare to face them head on and trust yourself to make it through each and every one.

 

Assemble a Team You Can Trust

Even D-I-Y (Do It Yourself) musicians will tell you that you can’t really do it all yourself. No man is an island. Every artist that has made it to date needed a team to do so. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done by yourself to effectively make strides towards being successful. Take your time to feel people out and ensure they are down for the cause, then trust them to do what they say they will to help you get where you’re trying to go. Do remember that trust is a 2-way street, so you have to give it to get it. Be completely honest and don’t make lofty promises. No one will be committed to working with you if they think that you are an untrustworthy individual. I’ve heard my fair share of “when I make it, I got you!” speeches. Nobody will buy such bs, so don’t even try to sell dishonesty.

 

A Contract Is The Ultimate Display Of Trust

Get used to hearing that word. You will need to sign a few of them if you ever plan on making it in the music industry.  I won’t bother to mention that you need to align yourself with a good entertainment lawyer because that should go without saying. I will say that the days of taking someone’s “word” are over. Verbal contracts are useless. People have memory lapses. It aint official ’til it’s on paper. To be guaranteed that people will deliver, a contract will almost always have to come into play. If you trust someone to manage your career, you will sign that piece of paper stating that you want that person acting on your behalf. Remember, these people are taking on just as much risk as you are by investing their time in building your brand. Contracts are perfectly normal and to be expected when conducting legitimate business, and you have to treat your career as a business venture. The goal is to make your career profitable, so you need to handle your affairs accordingly.

 

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