Negativity. Never worry about people being negative towards you in any aspect of your life. You can tell "criticism" from pure negativity, it has a different energy behind it. This universe we live in contains real energies that permeate constantly and can overtake you if you allow it. Why would someone willfully send negative energy your way? Nine times out of ten it's something inside them that is insufficient or insecure. They need to tear you down because it makes them feel good. It sounds cliché, but it's true. A hater feels a sense of accomplishment by hating on you. They feel as if they are more informative than those they are in the company of while hating on you.
The truth is the negative energy sent your way can be harnessed and used for your benefit. Use negativity as fuel to energize your goals and pursuits and you will do them faster. You no longer are running off your OWN energy alone, but now you have the power of the haters BEHIND YOU... Its a fantastic concept if you "over-stand" the logic behind universal laws and the law of attraction. Stay focused, Visualize success, then visualize yourself among it, and you will succeed.
There will always be "haters". The truth is we have all hated on someone at some point in life. Use that past perspective to nail-down the inner-workings of a "hater", and it will all make sense. Confront negativity sent your way with positive reaction! Avoid Negative people like the plague, Their energy (which may not be directed towards you) will bring you down. You need space, prayer/meditation to send your positive vibes into the ether to form the universe around you to fit your goals. Stay tuned for part 2 and 3!
“As soon as I get FL studio, buy some vst synths, a midi controller, and that waves plugin pack, Imma make some hot shit!”
DON’T BE LAME…
Sometimes you gotta get the ball rolling with whatever you can use effectively to get started, feel me? Don’t obsess with the gear you can’t afford yet.
You can make great music with all free stuff, trust me I have done it as a challenge to my self several times. As a matter of fact all my new beats coming up later this week are all going to be done with free Vst plugins, refills & samples JUST to prove this point. Everything you need to get started you can get ethically and free online. I’m not talking about downloading pirated software by the gig.. that’s lame as hell. You want people to buy your music right?
Well don’t use stolen or steal software either, remember – KARMA IS A B**CH. Many established producers are guilty of using hot products while making tons of money and complaining about beat sales..its really hypocritical.
Be a good sport and either use free software or buy the stuff you want. Dedicate 1-3 hours a day collecting legit FREE samples & plugins if you cant afford to buy stuff and you may end up never buying stuff. Seriously, alot of the free stuff online is actually top notch. Be sure to get anything you download from a trusted source to avoid viruses and malware. The music needs to be good but if you trying to have a business plan the execution of your plan and making moves is 95 percent of the hustle homie…
It’s all about your GRIND, NOT YOUR HUSTLE! #Realtalk
Nothing compares to the feeling that success brings. More often than not, success requires hard-work, blood, sweat, and tears. Therefore, it is perfectly understandable to celebrate after one’s goals are reached no matter how big or how mundane it may seem to other people. Naturally, success starts in goal-setting. Hitting one’s aim is never possible when no goal is set at all. Most people who experience success move on to work even harder on their other goals. Success should serve as fuel to the fire, not a reason to kick back and get lazy.
Aim High: Setting GoalsIn setting goals, one should ask himself or ask herself what it is that he or she really wants. When setting goals, especially in the preliminary phase, one should not think about what other people want, what other people expect, and what other people prefer. Goals should start as personal. Only in the latter part of the planning or brainstorming should other factors be taken into consideration. This ensures the person’s personal interest and stake in the goals. This will help keep motivated until the goals are reached.
Name it: Choosing Specific GoalsA lot of people make the mistake of setting general or extremely vague goals. Example: “I aim for happiness in my career”. This is too general and its fulfillment would be impossible to measure. As a solution to this example, one should think of specific things that would make you feel accomplished about your career. Possible answers would be to get a record deal, to sell a specific amount of albums, or to become the greatest rapper or singer in the game. Just as goals should be specific, these should also be realistic. A lot of people may say that it does not cost anything to dream so make the most of it. This is true, but dreaming alone without action is futile. Impossible goals that are pursued for the wrong reasons could be impossible to reach and will most likely lead to disappointment.
Realistic goals are possible to achieve and each success will leave a person more motivated. That is the perfect time to set a higher goal until what seems impossible at first becomes reachable. So it’s a cycle, start with realistic goals like getting out of debt, having money in savings, finishing school, or getting your business in order before trying to pursue things that are far more difficult. Take care of the realistic things first, then take over the world.
Beat it: Setting DeadlinesIt would help a lot if you set a deadline for each goal. As my mentor Napoleon hill said: “A goal is a dream with a deadline!” This would keep a person motivated and would add healthy amount of pressure. Notice I said a “healthy amount of pressure.” This deadline is set by the person himself or herself. It should be realistic. Therefore, in setting it, the capability and resources of the person are considered. Just like in the process of goal-setting, setting an impossible deadline would only lead to disappointment and discouragement.
Lights, Camera, Action!After the goals and deadlines are set, it is time to put the wheels in motion. Of course, brainstorming and creating an action plan are prerequisites of a successful process. Put it in writing! Writing down your goals is a must. Therefore, it is very important that you keep a clear and open mind during the planning period. Once an action plan is established, act on it. It is very important to keep track of your progress and stay focused on the set goals. Measure your success as you move forward.
The human mind is a very powerful thing. It can make a person move mountains and it can also make you feel like you are under one. However, the same effect becomes a problem once a person decides that he or she has had enough and it is time to quit or give up. Although this is the correct course of action in some cases, most cases require a change of heart and a change of mind and the whole situation may be turned around. The sad thing is when one is imprisoned by his or her own mind. I seen a ton of artists in the music game held back by their own negative attitudes and ultimately fail. The most dangerous part is when you fill your own imaginary prison with visualizations of doom. Success rarely comes easy – this is even more true in the music business. More often than not, it requires a great deal of sacrifice. However, by taking the wheel and being the captain of one’s own ship, failure may be used as stepping stone to success.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Say no to fear of failure
While most people give up when they get tired of trying just to be faced with rejection and failure, there are also some people who give up because of satisfaction and the fear of failure. These are the people who have decided to settle with something else when they cannot get what they originally wanted. This is a very unhealthy mindset. To overcome this mentality, you should think about what you stand to gain compared to what you already have. This will give you the motivation that you needs as well as something to look forward to if he or she decided to continue towards the goal. Falling once, twice, or numerous times is never considered as a failure as long as the person keeps getting back up. It is only failure when you decide to lay on the ground and quit trying. You may not succeed at making the best beats or being the best rapper instantly. There are times you may fail, but never give up.
Learn from the experience: Be Educated
Life has funny ways of teaching each of us valuable lessons. This is the reason why resourceful artists never go wrong – because they are always prepared. Experience with failure can help prepare you for larger challenges. It is also true that experience is the best teacher. That is a cliché that will never lose its essence no matter how many times it is said or written. A lot of experts and music industry gurus believe in the effectiveness of learning from experience. This is apparent in any artist’s career no matter how talented you are. When you learn from an experience, it is not easily forgotten and you can use those lessons and apply to future situations. Therefore, in times of failure, it would always help to look at the bright side. How can you use a failure to your advantage and come back even stronger?
Hope is an advantage
You really can never afford to give up on your dreams and goals. No matter how rough it gets, no matter how many things or people close doors in your face, there is no valid reason for giving up. Yes, pain and suffering are understandable as these are integral parts of humanity, but thats life fam. However, you gotta accept that some things will be difficult, you may fail at times, but move on. There will always be a promise of a better tomorrow that should be enough to keep a person striving. This hope will eventually materialize to something great eventually. It is something that you will never accomplish if you give up in the event of experiencing failure tho right?
Success. how do you define success? Well I will tell you what success is not. Success is not reaching the pinnacle of your work then “enjoying” it. This is a destructive mentality that will rob you of future successes. You must continue to stay working during times of success. Do you think Michael Jordan practiced less than his teammates? No. Success alone does not make you great. Success alone does display excellence. Real success is being consistent and dedicating hard work towards your craft or purpose in life. Certain forces are at play in the universe and are bound by universal laws.
The moment you take your success for granted and rest on you achievements, LOOK OUT! There is someone working harder and wants success more than you that will gladly take your spot. When you have huge achievements match them with even more relentless work ethic and you will see even more success. You see successful people like Jay-z, Bill gates, Oprah, they are really wealthy right>? Why haven’t they sat back and taken it easy? Once you develop driven work ethics you enjoy working and being even more successful. you realize there is more to your pursuits than personal wealth and accolades. Maybe what you do is an inspiration…We all play a role in this universe, be sure to find yours and never stop playing it!
About Joey Cutless
Joey Cutless is a Music Producer, Composer & Engineer that has been a pioneer in online beat sales, TV licensing, and marketing of all things production related for over 15 years.