Maybe you’ve had this experience, too. You’ve been working (or worrying) over some area of your career and then it seems like out of the blue, you stumble upon the perfect book that addresses your issue. Feels like magic. Like the author wrote it just for you. Now, for the first time, here are my miracle books for musicians. My top recommendations . . .
These are my go-to favorites: these are the miracle books that have helped me in my own journey forward. These books pushed me to get past my Resistance and muster the courage to take the actions I needed to move ahead.
These books made such an impact that I whole-heartedly recommend them to clients. And these musicians in turn also found them enormously helpful. Check them out to see if one of them might be just the miracle book you need now.
Are these pragmatic books about the logistics of your music career?
Nope: These are something better. They’re books to help you with the “inner” work around your mindset. Because the truth is, to make real change in your career it always comes down to this “inner work.” From fear and procrastination, to envy, resentment, and frustration. The mechanics of your career advancement rides on your energy and emotions — your ability to get things done. So to get your house in order, here are my top prescriptive resources:
For help getting past Resistance
Learn what it takes to overcome fear and self-sabotage so you can take action with The Tools and Coming Alive by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. These two LA shrinks wrote two amazing books of interventions to help you live your potential.
The War of Art is Steven Pressfield’s classic. It unpacks how we self-sabotage and what to do about it. A down-to-earth, real-life working manifesto on how to get creative work done.
To change the self-defeating stories we tell ourselves
Specifically, these are books to change the stories we tell ourselves about money and self-worth. Check out Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the bible for coming to terms with our unsorted baggage about money (and yes, we all have some baggage to claim).
And then there’s Loveability by Robert Holden. Paired with Overcoming Underearning, this book helps you identify how scarcity thinking is operating in your life so you can catch your self-messaging and change it. That way, you can move ahead into the next chapter of your career.
Andrew Simonet’s Making Your Life as an Artist is a free PDF, short and powerful. It outlines common issues freelance artists face and offers new perspectives. Change your perspective and you can change your behavior and your future.
For help with connecting to others and practicing self-compassion
The Power of Kindness Piero Ferrucci. I’m reading this now. It’s forcing me to confront how I treat others and how I treat myself—to see my interactions in a new light. Wow. Should be required reading for those of us who are willing to take responsibility for their future.
To come to grips with the limited time we have
The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. This is a book about lessons we can learn from the dying. Powerful lessons to help us make more of the time we have. Because we don’t have endless tomorrows, let’s live the life we want for ourselves now.
And yes, I’m adding my own book to this list because the new third edition of Beyond Talent focuses on the mindset issues that plague musicians. Too many of us are stalled because of the unexamined mindsets we took on early—ones that music schools unintentionally reinforce.
To help you make the most of your hero’s journey
The new edition of Beyond Talent is filled with insights from my work with clients. It addresses the top mindset issues musicians deal with. Everything from competitiveness to scarcity thinking, from fear of networking to the discomfort around self-promotion and the aversion to fundraising. I get it.
The new edition tackles these issues head on and presents the antidotes I’ve found that work. Mindset matters because even the best “how-to” information won’t help if you can’t get yourself to take action.
The book helps you end the war between the artistic and business sides of your careers so you can get more of your best work out into the world and finally become the artist you are meant to be.
You’re invited: you can pre-order your copy of the new edition of Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music HERE. I can’t wait to see how you put the new tools into action and hear what you accomplish as a result.
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Here’s to your forward motion,
Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well