Why you’re here (there is a reason)

So, Who Are You Anyway?
So, Who Are You Anyway?

I appreciate your interest!

Hey, I’m David Andrew Wiebe.

This is going to be redundant to some, but so long as there are curious and confused souls, I’ll happily answer this question.

I’m the founder and CEO of Music Entrepreneur HQ and Content Marketing Musician. I’m the best-selling author of five books, and host of The New Music Industry Podcast. I have been coaching and training musicians and music entrepreneurs since 2009.

I’m also the co-founder of The Indie YYC community, and I have a music career spanning over two decades.

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of…


Do the work

Just Show Up
Just Show Up
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It’s a rare business that blows up right out the gate.

Generally, business growth is unsexy. It’s a boring tedium of consistent, hard work and gradual improvement through analysis and iteration, as well as strategic pivots.

What many try to do is come up with the perfect idea (e.g., the next Facebook). The right idea ought to propel you to riches and stardom overnight, right?

You can pray for a unicorn, but you should never plan your life around it.

You can pray for a unicorn, but you should never plan your life around it. (Click To Tweet)

There’s nothing…


Exciting new ideas

#StrategySunday — February 28, 2021
#StrategySunday — February 28, 2021
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How was your week?

It’s been another action-packed one for me, and I’ve got more than a few things to tend to as we move into March. It should be another exciting month!

And you can’t slack on the planning when things start to pick up. In many ways, it becomes even more crucial.

Here’s what came out of today’s #StrategySunday planning session.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I reviewed my content duties for the week.
  • I went over my admin tasks for the week.
  • I reviewed current projects — looming deadlines, as well as…

Why it’s not conducive to your personal success

Addicted to Drama
Addicted to Drama
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Some never graduate from high school.

They will constantly cry over spilled milk and draw as many of their friends as they possibly can into their drama-fueled vortex.

So often, we are blind to the challenges that others face. Comparison is unhelpful, but while you’re crying about a scratch on your Beemer, someone else is getting the news from their doctor that they have cancer.

The question is whether to remain in the drama. And the answer may not be forthcoming until we understand the consequences of a life consumed by “who said what” and “who did that.”

Drama is…


Show up and do the work

Short-Term, Incremental Results Are Unsexy… But They Lead to Big Results Long-Term
Short-Term, Incremental Results Are Unsexy… But They Lead to Big Results Long-Term
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The algorithm favors the prolific.

This is going to be an unpopular opinion among creatives and creators, but it’s the reality.

To be fair, there is always a pendulum swing. Sometimes, quantity wins over quality. At other times, quality wins over quantity.

And you can still strike a meaningful balance — remaining prolific while creating something you can be proud of.

At some point, the pendulum will swing back the other way. Quality will become the focus again.

But presently, showing up and doing the work is paramount to all else. …


It’s killing your productivity

Never Start with a Blank Page
Never Start with a Blank Page
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Do you find yourself waking up every day only to reinvent the wheel creatively?

Or you do you begin your work with an idea in mind? Do you have a structure for your work and tools that help you get it done more efficiently?

Starting with a blank page is ineffective, and it affects your productivity negatively.

And it’s not just writers that end up facing the blank page. All creatives do.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a songwriter, poet, or photographer. If you keep publishing, at some point, spontaneous inspiration will seem to fade. …


Be accountable to yourself

Take Responsibility for Your Accountability
Take Responsibility for Your Accountability
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When making a big commitment to ourselves, we often end up delegating accountability.

“If you see me with a cigarette, wipe it out of my mouth,” we say, knowing our friends are just as tempted by our addictions as we are.

Accountability certainly doesn’t work when our friends struggle with the same things we do. It doesn’t work when our friends don’t have the capacity for tough love, either.

More importantly, accountability doesn’t work unless you are first accountable to yourself. It should not be delegated.

Accountability doesn’t work unless you are first accountable to yourself. (Click To Tweet)

Think…


There’s always more to do…

How do I Stay Sane When There is an Endless Stack of Work Waiting for Me Every Morning?
How do I Stay Sane When There is an Endless Stack of Work Waiting for Me Every Morning?
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My friend has been steadily developing his books and courses over the course of the last year or so.

What he’s been able to accomplish in that time is impressive.

He has yet to release his product to the world, though, and deadlines keep shifting as layers are added, technical issues are dealt with, and next steps reveal themselves.

Although not discouraged or deterred, he asked me in all sincerity, “how do I stay sane when there is an endless stack of work waiting for me every morning?”

Truth be known, he posited the question in even more graphic detail.

No Rest for the Modern Creator


Plenty of great lessons this week

#StrategySunday — February 21, 2021
#StrategySunday — February 21, 2021
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After today, there’s only one Sunday left this month. Crazy, right?

February seems to have gone by rather quickly. But it has been enjoyable for me. I hope you’ve been well, too.

My prayers are with my friends in Texas and everything you have had to go through with during these tumultuous times.

That said, let’s get into today’s #StrategySunday planning session.

Minutes

Here is what I went over during this planning session:

  • I went over my content duties for the week. I’m spending a little more time over at Odysee, so I made note of it in my minutes as…

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