Tucker, the secret to success is doing something. Then doing it again.

The secret to getting good at something.

I can't help but think that if Ariel Hyatt had written her book Music Success In 9 Weeks about 10 years ago this last chapter, The Real World, would have been the whole book. It's packed with a serious amount of traditional PR and Marketing goodness. Press kits, press releases, networking, list building, how to listen, how to find representation ... it's a lot. 

This is the last chapter of the book and the last entry into the Songwriters Association Of Canada's blog challenge (you can find links to all of the posts at the end). And now that I've come to the end, what have I learned about selling myself as an artist?

  • I learned it's not easy.
  • I learned it's a marathon. 
  • I learned it's about more than great songs. 
  • I learned it's about seeing what you want and believing you can get there. 
  • I learned a lot more as well but these are the big ones.

So, I'm done the book. Now What? Now I keep doing what I've learned and in a month or so go back to the first chapter and start again. Then when I'm done ... I do it again. The only way to get good at something is to do it ... then do it some more.

There is way too much stuff in this book to possibly complete it all in nine weeks. This book is a foundation for a career. 


All Challenge Posts

announcement - Tucker, are you asking for a challenge?

week 1 - Tucker, you do know that goals aren't tasks don't you?

week 2 - Tucker, can you describe your sound in a tweet?

week 3 - Tucker, PayPal buttons? Really?

week 4 - Tucker, do you need a finished product to build an audience?

week 5 - Tucker, are you a carny or a hipster?

week 6 - Tucker, let's be independent together. 

week 7 - Tucker, do you really want to hear my story?

week 8 - Tucker, isn't Continuum-Plan a Star Trek episode?

Tucker, are you asking for a challenge?

If you are one of my regular readers (I love every single both of you), then you may remember some of my posts where I was putting together my current philosophy on Getting To Done. 

These five articles are the mantras and phrases that have been helping me get to done: 

  1. If you want to do something. You have to do something
  2. Done is when you say you're done
  3. Find the reason to say yes
  4. Success is what you say it is
  5. The story is as important as the song

I wanted to get better at networking and buildng an audience for my songs and stories. So, in the spirit of mantra #1, I have accepted the challenge set out by Ariel Hyatt and her book Music Success In Nine Weeks. The challenge is simple: Do each week's exercise and write about your experience each Monday. 

The first chapter is about setting goals so you can look forward to my retelling of the self torture I put myself through because goals I have some trouble with. Tasks I can list out for days. But goals? That's a different story. 

To keep up with how I'm doing with the challenge and meet some of the other artists taking part you can follow me on twitter, @SH_Tucker, or you can come join me at Facebook.com/SongsTuckerWrote