Music, Marketing, & Motivation

SMM: Who Are You

Photo by Tom Leu

A “Sound Matter Moment”

Who are you… really?

What do you love to do?

And do you stay true… to that?

What are you passionate about?

Do you know, or are you still figuring it out?

Are you doing it, or are you faking it?

Are you making progress, or are you making excuses?

Are you pursuing those things that you love?

After a reported 11 hour meeting in NYC dealing with royalties for his songs, The Who’s Pete Townsend received a large check and proceeded directly to a bar in SoHo and got completely drunk [the story goes]. In that bar he encountered Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, who thought very highly of Pete and the band for paving the way for Punk rock music [in the 1970’s]. Townshend was conflicted because he feared The Who had sold out, and seeing The Sex Pistols, who were icons of rebellion, exasperated him even more…

Not knowing who you are… is the great existential crises that many must manage at times in life.

But time is of the essence…

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s 2007 autobiography indicates that he finally figured it out for himself despite his massive success in the music business years earlier.

But what is “success?”

We all have our own takes on this, but my definition of success is being who you really are by doing what you love to do. Again, that stuff that’s true for you.

Those who achieve this are the real “rock stars” in life.

“Being a rock star is the intersection of who you are and who you want to be.” ~ Slash

I’ll expand on that and say that to be a “rock star” means to “be the best at what you do the best” – whatever that is.

It’s making a decision to get in the game, stay in the game, and contribute.

It’s the pursuit of progress, more than the outcomes, that’s most important.

Photo by Tom Leu

Stay tuned-in…

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