On this episode of The Music Stuff Show, we take a look at the biggest obstacle standing in the way of any creative endeavor. We discuss its manifestations, its effects, and we examine, most importantly, how to overcome it. 

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Episode Guide:

  • Intro [0:00]

  • Sponsor [0:12]

  • Episode overview [0:59]

  • Cell phone contracts are hard [2:00]

  • 10 out of 10 would party again [2:36]

  • Fear [3:36]

  • Fear is a major motivating factor in the music community [4:06]

  • How many good artists are in the world that you will never hear about because of their debilitating fear? [4:36]

  • It’s like walking into a party where you don’t know anybody [10:35]

  • Everybody forgets that everybody lives in first person [10:44]

  • You end up comparing yourself to what you’re around and that can breed the fear [10:44]

  • To have a relationship with anybody, you have to let people in [14:18]

  • One of the hallmarks of good friendship is that your friends make you better and you make your friends better [14:44]

  • “People in my life had an opportunity to help me grow and instead they kinda crushed that and really debilitated me for a long time” [18:13]

  • You suck, do better is different than somebody saying you suck, don’t try [19:45]

  • Take leadership seriously [21:32]

  • Leadership is taken, not given [22:22]

  • Don’t be afraid of criticism [25:04]

  • People can’t get better if they don’t realize they need to get better [26:56]

  • Everybody wants people to believe in them [28:58]

  • Have the balls to be honest [32:24]

  • Learn to distinguish between constructive criticism and criticism that is meant with ill-will [33:30]

  • The bad things people say or do to you is really more indicative of what’s going on with them [34:29]

  • The first foray into writing for yourself [36:08]

  • The number 1 fear across all people is public speaking [38:03]

  • All fear stems from starting [40:01]

  • There’s no way to combat fear other than to face it head on [41:32]

  • The more you face down the fear, the more quickly that fear becomes something positive [47:34]

  • The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate fear. The goal should be to be courageous in the face of fear [50:16]

  • Outro [50:42]


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