“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
This blog is little different than my other ones. I won’t be talking about the music industry specifically. Instead, I want to help keep you motivated when things get you down. We all have our bad days, but successful people don’t let that keep them from moving forward. Learn from your mistakes, and they become good things. If you don’t learn anything from them then you are doomed to repeat them.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” – Chinese proverb
I personally have learned more from when things didn’t go right then when things worked the time first out. I know it can be very discouraging when you have a bad day, or that bad day seems to go on for weeks. Sometimes you are just one step away from breaking through. A lot of people don’t realize they are so close when they decide to quit. If it is truly important enough to you then you need to follow through until you get there.
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde
I will give you an example of something I have learned from mistakes over the years. My band, Mojo Radio, played a few all-night shows to help make some money to fund ourselves. We didn’t have enough original material to play for three hours, so we needed to learn lots of covers in order to play these shows. We would play these shows and most of the time we found that it was a lot more work than an hour set of originals. We had to come up with PA and lights, and spend lots of time practicing covers instead of our own songs. We never enjoyed playing these shows as much as the shows where we played mostly original music. We finally had a show bad enough that we decided to never do another all-night show again. The next night we played an opening set for Ted Nugent at one of the better venues in town. We realized that even though that show wasn’t paying as much, that we got more out of it. We stopped wasting time learning hours of cover songs, and concentrated on developing our own music. We found our shows were more enjoyable, and our original music get better.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
Let’s learn from our mistakes and become better for making them. Next time you make a mistake, look at it as an opportunity to learn something valuable. You can go out and try something new with a better knowledge of what does not work. Sometimes knowing what doesn’t work will help you lead to what does work. Keep positive and always move forward.
Let me know what you have learned from making mistakes in the comments. How did it help you move forward?
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