Perseverance vital to success in music

Perseverance: part of a singer or songwriter’s “Pod of Seven P’s”

By Preshias Harris

In many ways, Perseverance is the first cousin of Passion.   When one has passion, perseverance must inevitably follow as the means of realizing one’s passion.

Note: this is one part of my seven-part series “The ‘P’ Pod: Seven characteristics shared by the most successful people in the music industry.” It is currently being serialized at MusicStartsHere.

Perseverance has sometimes been called persistence or “stick-to-it-iveness.”  Whatever happens to knock you off course, you just keep going toward your goal.  This doesn’t mean that, if you come to a ravine, you simply walk straight ahead and over the edge.  By perseverance, you find another path, a way around the obstacle, and continue on to your goal.

Don’t let the naysayers discourage you

Graphic image: Mike Harris

Your music career will, without doubt, run up against various obstacles as you proceed.  There’ll be people who will tell you that you should forget about music and get a ‘real’ job.  There will be meetings with music executives that you feel certain will bring about your big break, only to see those hopes crumble. And there will be promises made to you that turn out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors.

A career in music – just like careers in many other areas – can be filled with heartache and disappointment.  But that doesn’t mean you’ve made the wrong career choice.  Simply that you have to recognize the obstacle and find a way to get past it and back on track.

Continue reading the ‘Perseverance’ chapter at MusicStartsHere.org.   MusicStartsHere is the go-to place for news and information that artists, songwriters and anyone interested in the music scene need to know.

 

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