Monday, February 26, 2007 


Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.
Your life to a large extent is what you make of it.
Nothing will happen by itself.
It will all come your way once you understand that you have to make it come your way.

Choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success.
Nobody can do it for you.
Only you can make it happen.
You're the only one that has to live your life.

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start on the road to success.

You have the power to succeed at anything.
The power to fulfill your dreams is within you.

©2006 by Max Steingart

Madalyn’s Note: This is probably the most powerful “daily guru” you will find. Why? Because in life it’s all about you. It’s yours to do with it whatever you like. You want to be a successful musician? YOU have to make that happen. I can’t do it for you. Your significant other can’t do it for you. It will always come down to you. And I agree 100% that when we stop making excuses is the day we get on the road to success. Stop and think about it awhile today and see what happens.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Monday, February 19, 2007 


You can start at any time if you want to be successful.
But you have to start.

You won't accomplish anything if you wait for all the possible objections to be overcome.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

Don't be afraid to live. Don't wait for things to change.
Don't wait until you have more time, until you are less tired, until you get the promotion, until you settle down, until, until, until.
Don't wait for a major event in your life to occur before you begin to live.

Begin where you are.
Work where you are.
The hour you are wasting now, dreaming of some far off success, is crowded with tremendous possibilities.

When you take the first step,
your mind will mobilize all its forces to assist you.
Once you have started,
all that is within you and unknown forces around you will come to your assistance.

The only way to start down the road to success is to move your feet, one step at a time.
Success is waiting for you.

©2006 by Max Steingart

[Madalyn’s Note: Now if this one doesn’t put a fire in your belly than I don’t know what will. We all have the power to be successful at whatever it is we want in life. But the keyword is “want”. If you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen. Don’t be afraid to say, “Here I am world, I’m ready to start and I’m going to take that first hard step.” So many of us wait for something significant in our lives to happen to make us want to change. Why wait. Start today. Success is truly waiting for you on the other side.]

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 

Smart marketing for musicians - are you newsworthy?

Last night one of our GoGirls Elite member bands, 3 Kisses, was on ABC’s Wife Swap. Pretty cool. Equally cool was another GoGirls member, Yvonne Doll of The Locals, was on NBC’s The Today Show yesterday morning. What I found interesting about this is they both did SMART things to get televised coverage which in turn promoted their band and their music.

The 3 Kisses story starts off easy. This Texas band saw a post I put out to the GoGirls Elite list soliciting for husband/wife or family rock bands. One of the producers for the show got in touch with me looking for this. Tish of 3 Kisses immediately responded to the ad. But it took time, it took perseverance and over time it paid off. Most would have given up. Not Tish! Word from ABC today is that last night’s episode of Wife Swap generated the highest ratings in the show’s history. If you watched it, you probably noticed me for a half a second in the group shot doing a Jager shot. If you blinked you missed it. LOL. But it was smart because the band is endorsed by Jagermeister. You probably noticed the placement of Paul Reed Smith and Daisy Rock guitars in many shots. They have endorsements from both companies too. They used that to their full advantage. Do you know how much advertisement costs during prime time television? Tish gave them free advertising. I have one word for that… brilliant!
Check out 3 Kisses at and

Yvonne Doll of Chicago based The Locals has an interesting story and it made it onto The Today Show yesterday morning. She started a web site showing off photos she took on the subway using her camera phone. I know, sounds harmless. You can check it out at It’s pictures of people sleeping on the train. It stirred up some controversy about privacy. But what it did was gain local attention that got her on the local news then onto national TV. Here’s the brilliant part, on this web site while you are viewing her “cell phone art” you are listening to streaming music from her CD. How awesome! It also mentions her band’s next show as well as a link to her band’s web site. This is very smart marketing. I’ve known Yvonne for many years. She is the designer of our GoGirls Elite logo as well as our famous “Invasion of the GoGirls” poster art.

Click here to check out footage from the local Chicago NBC story

Click here to see footage from The Today Show

What are YOU doing to market yourself?

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Friday, February 09, 2007 


Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal, don't worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don't procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.

©2006 by Max Steingart

Madalyn’s Note: Now this is powerful. You got where you are by beginning where you were. We can all have the success we want by looking in front of us. Think about what you want, set the goal and make it happen. Don’t just sit back. Go. Move. Now. What are you going to make happen today? What is your first step towards success?

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Monday, February 05, 2007 


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