How do you stay determined when life keeps pushing you down?
How do you stay determined when no one buys your beats or wants you on their beat? It seems like everyone hits a rough patch here and there. The #1 rule in my own success was never get comfortable.
Staying hungry is important because thinking up new and improved ways to do what you do is a never ending journey. Learning and educating yourself on what it takes to succeed requires determination as well. The fact is, the time it takes to do something will pass regardless, so why not put in the effort along the way?
How do you find creativity when you’ve hit a dry patch?
Creativity is not like a light switch for most people, myself included. I cannot just turn it on. There are moments when it hits, and I’m inspired to create, and other times I feel as though it is completely forced, and I have a case of beat block. I’ve had it last for as short as a few hours and as long as 6 months.
Finding creativity in these instances takes determination, to see through the rough patch, and keep on trekking. The important thing to remember is, it’s normal, and it’s up to you to see through it, or else you give up. If you are determined to be a music producer, you will not give up.
What is determination?
Determination, to me, is a feeling I get. I can best describe it as a laser focus. There is only one thing I see, and I’m so focused I am determined to make it happen.
Reaching your success can be a long drawn out process. It may seem slow and boring, because nothing is happening right away. Think of it this way, if you plant a seed in the dirt, it won’t instantly sprout, right? You water and you wait. Then once it finally sprouts, it still needs to be nurtured to grow to its full potential so that it can finally offer you the fruits of your labors. Then you can reap what you sow and the same goes for success. Your determination is the work that gets you from point A to point B. Everyone starts out at point A, but it takes determination to continue on until and reach point B.
What is success?
A lot of people ask “Is success just money or is it achievement, gratification, humility, the ability to help others etc..?”
Success is different for everyone. In my opinion, it’s all the above mentioned things and more. Success is what you make of it. It’s seeing the cup half full, or looking at a situation in a positive light, enjoying the moment, making a beat sale, selling a beat for someone else…. the list could go on. Every achievement I make is what I consider success.
I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve built and the website I helped design and create, but being someone available to help others became a defining moment in my life, and to me, that is success.
Can you have success without determination?
Without a doubt, there are lucky opportunities people are struck with every single day. From landing a placement from a random online download, or meeting an important figure in the music industry. It’s not to say they weren’t determined before, but sometimes things happens quickly for some with minimal effort, and that is just the luck of the draw.
For others, they have to strategically play their hands, and without determination, success is nowhere to be found. Staying determined is the key to unlocking your success. Patience, hard work, dedication, determination are all tools used in achieving your success.
What did you do when you felt like giving up?
When I felt like giving up, I made it a conscious effort to take a break, and rethink what I was doing and why I was doing it. You have to walk away from things sometimes in order to regain your focus to see the completed picture clearly.
There were many times i wanted to just quit, and give up, thinking I would never make it in the music industry because all my time was devoted to others.
Sometimes life sets you out to do certain things, and it takes a long journey filled with different roads until you finally get on track. I realized I was here to help others.
When I felt like giving up I remembered all the people who count on me, and I decided I wouldn’t let them down.
How do you continue to stay determined, personally?
Staying determined for me means staying positive. Focusing on what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and researching ways I can improve help me see the bigger picture.
I know that if I stay at this and continue to help those who want help, Beat Brokerz will become the #1 Beat Selling Website in the world. Those thoughts are what keep me determined.
I’m determined for success.