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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’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of…
And I don’t know everything there is to know about building a team.
It’s not that I haven’t done this before. It’s more that even when I have asked others for help, I’ve often found myself taking on the lion’s share of the work.
Being in a yearlong leadership and management program has helped with perspective. I’m surrounded by people who are where I am, people who’ve been where I am, and people who are on the other side of having accomplished tremendous things (for example — doubling their business).
What I can see now is just how hard I…
That’s what I’m realizing.
And I’m also starting to get a better sense of things I want to do and things I don’t want to be so involved in. Some of this surprised me. Just today I realized I may not want to be the one doing interviews on my podcast.
But that doesn’t mean I plan to stop podcasting. It means there are shoes to fill. I would love to collaborate with a sharp interviewer on future episodes.
I can now see I didn’t have much access or a perspective on this (and other matters) before, and I’m not…
I see everyone on Medium talking about their process for writing an article per day, two per day, five per week, and so on.
I applaud everyone’s effort and understand that it takes something to put together long-form posts that will be read, appreciated, shared, and so on.
But I can tell you right now that one or two articles per day probably isn’t your limit (unless each one is 4,000+ words), and with enough practice, and enough of a reason to write, you will write immeasurably more than you think you can.
I, for example, write at least 3,000+…
Everybody, their dog, and even the fleas on the back of their dogs want a bigger social media following.
Which is fine. We all know that we can do so much more as creatives and creators on the back of a larger following — we can send traffic to our websites, grow our email lists, get more sales for our eBooks, develop a long-term relationship with our audiences, and more.
But of all the tactics people employ to grow their followings — from posting daily to paying for fake followers — the all-time worst idea to grow your following is…
If you’re going to be a full-time podcaster, you can’t just be a podcaster. You’ve got to have something to talk about. And then you’ve got to be able to talk about it in an interesting way. You’ve got to be a student of storytelling and psychology, such that you’re able to capture and hold a listener’s attention.
The reality is that a full-time podcaster is an exceedingly rare thing. So, while all these responsibilities might seem excessive and demanding, if you want to play ball with the big boys, you’ve got to be able to hold your own.
That’s been the theme of the day.
Several of my classmates have said they feel this way.
And it’s hardly surprising. Our course officially began last weekend, and before we knew it, we were plunged into a long week of calls, meetings, and training. To say nothing of our daily lives, commitments, and work in general.
I feel a bit fried myself. Even though I’ve basically kept to a minimum viable routine. There hasn’t really been time for extras.
I just started a yearlong leadership and management program last weekend, and I’m already staring to look at everything I’ve been creating in the world a little differently.
Now, I want to be clear that, this week, my priorities have basically been:
Beyond that, I haven’t had much time or energy to tackle much of anything.
I ended up spending about seven and a half hours on calls and meetings yesterday. Today, I shared this with the leader in one of my groups.
(The leadership and management program I’m a part of tosses you into a bunch of groups and pods straightaway.)
When I shared what I saw unfolding, she said, “it sounds like you’re expanding.”
I like how she put it.
And it made me realize something.
Expansion isn’t necessarily easy, even if it’s something you ultimately want.
It sounds good in theory, sure, but when push comes to shove, it means taking on more…