“There’s no comfort in the growth zone and there’s no growth in the comfort zone!”

There is no guaranteed pathway to success in the music industry. Being an old school artist myself, as well as being around other creatives, the question often asked is “how did the established artists do it?”

It’s easy to attribute an artist’s success to their ability to create catchy hooks or perform spectacular live shows. Yet through a tried and trusted pathway of victories and mistakes, I have realised that there are values that will take an artist where talent and money cannot.

“Success will get you their but your character will keep you their.”

You probably found out quickly that making a living as a musician is not as easy as established artists make it look. Compliments along with an increase in your social media numbers and topped with a spike in people interested in your story, may not move any units. If you’re not careful, all of that progress can lead you to believe that you deserve more than the work you’ve put in.

Deep down we all want to be the headline and grace the most prestigious stages on the planet. There are approximately 7 billion people on the planet. So much music has been, and will be, created that it would be impossible to consume every piece in a lifetime. Now think, out of all the music available, somebody found yours, listened to it, and enjoyed it enough to make a purchase. If somebody has supported your vision or taken the time to get to know you and your story, a genuine “thank you” is one of the best ways to show your appreciation. You may feel like you want to try to do more for your audience, but a humble attitude combined with releasing more music should be your goal.

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Before the end of the film Saving private Ryan, all of the members of the platoon with the exception of Reiben, and Upham are killed. Pvt. Ryan lives and cradles Capt. Miller while he’s dying, who tells Ryan to “Earn this. Earn it” meaning that Ryan needs to exhibit a life worth the sacrifices that were made to save him.

The film ends with a flash forward to the beginning scenes of the movie where an elderly Ryan and his family pay tribute to the graves of the men died saving him in France. He asks his wife if he is a”good man”; she confirms this and the camera pans downward to an American flag on a grave.


The one thing no one wants as they look back is regret.

As we live each day on the shoulders of those who sacrificed so much, we hear from those who went before us, “Earn this, earn it.” They who sacrificed their lives and dreams so you can be where you are today. They have prepared the way for us so we can have the opportunities we are experiencing today?

There are no quick fixes!


Basil Reynolds

Coaching Consultant

Finding the Music Inside