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Friday, April 04, 2008 

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

by Madalyn Sklar

Reposted from GoGirls Elite Music Blog, 4-20-05. It's so good that I decided to run it again!

Okay today is the day to stop comparing yourself to others. It's time to appreciate all that you have accomplished. Do this... make a list of all the things you have done that make you proud. My list includes speaking on panels at some great music conferences, creating an online community supporting women in music, producing lots of benefit shows, being named one of the 15 people you should know in the biz by indie-music.com, being a mom, working out of my home.

Where am I going with this? Focus on the positive things in your life.

Yes, focusing on your accomplishments, your accolades, and YOU! It's so easy to get wrapped up in negative thoughts about where you are going in your music career. It's also easy to worry about what other bands are doing that you are not. Your CD is not selling as well as you would like. You can't seem to get enough people out to your shows. Focus on the positive. It's a great way to recharge and refocus your energies in the right direction.

So what if a band with bad hair and a shitty attitude is selling more music than you. So what if you don't draw as many to the club as your opening act.

Now take the "so what" and focus on you and your efforts. Why aren't you selling more CDs? Why aren't you getting more people out to your shows? Go back to YOU. Don't blame others. If you think your band sucks, do something about it. If you are tired of your drummer not giving a shit about the band, fire him! Take charge... take control... write out your goals... make a to-do list... then get back to me in 6 months and tell me how much ahead of the game you are.

I welcome your feedback!!

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

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