Monday, June 9, 2014

Some breakthroughs

With only 51 days left in my official sabbatical, I'm past-due for a personal update. A few things I call progress:

Piano beginner chops acquired
Speculation on my articulation
Searching for authenticity in sound
Freelancing is not entrepreneurship

Not bad for 4-months work, eh? I've come to realize it's just the beginning. It'll be a few years not a few months before I reach 10,000 hours of practice. However, I've learned more about music, the business and my personal hopes and dreams, in these few months than I have in the past two years.

It's a challenge to work on something for 3-6 hours per day and then have very little to point to and say to yourself, "I did that!" Music is experiential. Its subjective nature can distract from incremental gains made in technique.

In regards to the business, I recently arrived at an important conclusion. Turns out entrepreneurship is more exciting to me than freelancing. Someone I read a lot of, Seth Godin, describes the difference:
A freelancer is someone who gets paid for their work. A freelancer charges by the hour or perhaps by the project. Entrepreneurs use money (preferably someone else's money) to build a business bigger than themselves. Entrepreneurs focus on growth and on scaling the systems that they build.
With my current approach I am a freelancer. I hone my craft so that someone will hire me to perform for a wage. At a shockingly wide range from about $0.12 to $100 per hour. It's a great way to be your own boss. But, I want to build something bigger than myself. What will that look like? Breakthrough in progress.