Daily Archives: March 9, 2017

Ever Want to Throw in the Towel?

Have you ever been so frustrated that you wanted to quit and leave your business or music career behind? Everyone has reached this point from time to time. Usually, it’s right before things turn around or become clear. It could be right before your big break.

Unfortunately, you don’t know that. All you know is that you’re not getting clients or gigs, money is not coming in, and you’re fed up. I’ve had to offer up some tough love to some very talented people whenever I hear one of these rants.

First, I’ll message them on Facebook with an “Are you ok?” Then, I’ll tell them they’re too talented to quit. Everyone has setbacks. Staying strong and keeping the faith is tough. Believe me, I know. But I can’t sit back and watch someone throw it all away, not when they’re so close.

Get a day job?

A recent podcast guest surprised me a few months ago with the decision to leave his recording studio to go to school to become a computer programmer. “Say what?” I asked. I couldn’t imagine him leaving music. He’s one of the most talented drummers and percussionists I know. He’s also recorded loads of local artists and has created great music for movies and TV.

As fate or luck would have it, his plans were thwarted. “Good,” I told him, “I have clients for you.” What he didn’t know was that he’s in the top 3 on my list of recommended studios. Check the replay to find out what happened when he made his decision to return.

Be prepared

I have a question for you: If you needed to say “Yes” to something big, would you be ready? I think that things don’t always line up when you expect because God knows you’re not quite ready. See what’s missing for you in this list:

– New headshots or band photos
– Updated speaker page (if you’re a speaker)
– Updated website & social media profiles
– Links to your tunes or an EPK (If you’re a band or solo artist)
– A recent video (Speakers, bands, and solo artists)
– Passport

The last one was for me. One of my goals is to travel abroad for business. Imagine my surprise when I realized that my passport had expired! I’ve applied for speaking gigs in Canada and elsewhere. They haven’t panned out yet but I need to make sure I have everything in place, just in case.

Today’s message is: Don’t give up! Gear up and get ready! You never know what opportunity might be right around the corner.

Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the owner of Rock the Next Stage. She is a Musician on a Mission: To help people rise up and rock the next stage of their talent, business, or their life. She’s also an inspirational speaker, podcast host, percussionist, drum therapist, and best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. To snag her weekly newsletter and a free gift, click here.