Every music artists aspire to excel, improve and be appreciated in their chosen career. In reality, to be successful means a lot of hard work and there are times obstacles may come along the way, but this goal will not be that far if you know the right formula that will help you become the one you want to be.

With these principles set on your path your goal you can never go wrong.

1 – The 80/20 Principle

According to Richard Koch, it only takes 20% and the rest you need will take place accordingly. Only 20% of the things you do create 80% of the results you get. Sounds great isn’t it.

In addition, all the things you could know about a subject, only 20% of these are essential and you NEED to know to cope with the amount of things you need to do to create the music, business and life you want.

So always look for that 20% in order to achieve the artistic, business and music career goals you set.

2 – The Principle of Perpetual Improvement

As technology constantly changes, musical trends also change. To stay up in the curve one must have the important attitude and that is to regularly seek to learn and adopt at all times. Being a constant learner could get you no wrong.
“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

In applying this, you learn more of the main skills you need, or when you refine the skills and knowledge you have. In this changing world, you can never improve your music and business skills enough! Learning is everything.

3 – The Principle of the Slash

Simply, this principle requires you to know the various roles you may play in your music career. You want to do many things very good rather than just one thing excellently. You simply want to know enough about each to get things done and move on to the next project.

Be the Artist/Engineer/Producer/Entrepreneur/Marketer/Promoter etc. of your own career.

If in case, who have somebody to help you up, knowing these things will help you suggest things to get things done accordingly.

4 – The Principle of Automated Business Income

Full time job limits your time for your music, so you might opt to create income where your time, attention and energy will not be totally used up.

Try not to be involved in a job with complex business structures, rather choose a job that less time is required yet will provide you sufficient income to cover your expenses in pursuing this career.

You can try home based jobs by this then have various opportunities to monetize your activities in such a way that you replace your job income.

5 – The Principle of the Fittest

Law of Survival of the fittest, popularized by Charles Darwin, is definitely the last principle that you should not miss in your music career.

Keep in mind what Charles Darwin had said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

To deal with change you must be ready to quickly adapt to new information and situations. Keep updated with new technologies and tuned to new trends.
How to be the fittest? Well, apply the first four principles in your life. Then you will realize that 80/20 principle, perpetual improvement, the Slash and automated income principle equipped you to be suitable to whatever change will come.

Lastly, coupled your effort with focus and discipline.

About the Author: Kim


  1. John @ Learn About May 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    So you mean to tell me that I could actually become the next American Idol?

    I don’t think you would want to hear me sing, my wife says it’s deafening.
    I guess I’ll just have to stick to business coaching and leave the music production to you. 🙂

  2. John Gaydon May 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Kim,

    It doesn’t matter what you do these days, everything is changing fast. Nevertheless, old principles still do and always will apply.

    I think in the music industry it is more a matter of who you know than anything else that distinguishes superstars from the struggling rest. There are so many talented people out there, yet few even make any money.

    We found as soon as you drop the ball, you fade quickly from people’s attention! It does take hard work to get seen in music.

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