Did you know that if music creators take the time to think about their career planning on a regular basis they are more likely to succeed in music and be happy? Your music career deserves a fair amount of planning in order to be successful.

How much time have you spent planning your career? If you’re like many of us, probably not enough.

Career Planning & Self Assessment

Self assessment is a large component of the planning process. The Myers-Briggs company offers a “Strong Interest Inventory” which is designed to help college students consider potential careers, but it can be used by other people to achieve many of the same results. The assessment utilizes the acronym RIASEC which stands for realistic, artistic, investigative, social, enterprising and conventional. These areas can be directly related to careers as well as leisure activities. If you’re reading this, chances are you chose to be an entrepreneur and a musician based on some of these principles, though many of you have likely not taken the assessment.

Eleven does not endorse the assessment, nor are we endorsed by the company that created it, but we feel that these areas are worth reflecting on.

Career Planning & The Art of Persuasion

Let’s set aside the creator/artistic component for a moment, as we’re fairly certain you have that one covered. How do you rank in the art of persuasion? Can you remember the last time you persuaded someone? Did you feel that it came easy, or was it a struggle? When you perform in front of a group that’s never heard of you before, you’re attempting to persuade that audience to become a fan of your music and your persona. What kinds of things are you doing during the performance to cause them to believe in you? Are you coming across as an artist that is performing from the heart or are you just going through the motions? If it’s the latter, you’re not going to persuade anyone to join your camp. If you struggle with persuasion, spend some time trying to understand why. Are you not confident and logical? Are you impatient? Those are persuasion killers, but they can be overcome.

Career Planning & Organization

How about a more conventional aspect of career direction: organization. Do you feel that you deal with things systematically and efficiently, or do you feel disorderly and unplanned? You don’t have to answer that question now, we just hope that you take some time to think about it. Quiet, focused time to ponder areas of your career that need improvement as well as the areas that are doing exceedingly well is a great way to setup a growth mindset. It also helps you assess the current situation and plan your next move.

Your Mission Today:
Reflect on & Plan Your Music Career

Set aside 15 minutes this week to think about what you’re doing well and what needs improvement.

Don’t beat yourself up over what needs improving – that bucket of stuff will always be there – the key is that what’s in the bucket has to be changing.

As you direct your mind toward this way of thinking, you’ll form connected ideas that might lead your career in a different direction, or it might help you focus on a specific area of your current work that builds wealth. Either way, it’s bound to keep you on the right track!

And as always, if you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out.  We’re always here to listen and help get you over those difficult hurdles in your career.

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