This is a fragment of a lecture by the late philosopher, writer and prolific speaker, Alan Watts.
Alan Watts - The Story of the Chinese Farmer
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Forbes Thought Of The Day“ One of the ceaseless wonders of the world: The power of a smile. ”— Malcolm Forbes
|Greg Chamberlain and Malcolm Forbes Sr.|
Michelle Pfeiffer's character in Scarface said to Al Pacino's character:And, lastly, success is a long road like the drawing below. No two journeys are exactly alike and any of the supposed rules probably mean nothing. So why not do exactly what you love, think big and be original? Don't do it for the money. Do it for the love of it... for the groove of it. The success as well as the money is more likely to follow if you are loving what you are doing. In the meantime, on the road to success, you will be happy, which is probably the most important thing.
"Lesson #2 - Don't get high on your own supply".
My music business translation: Don't believe your own bullshit (or that of your publicist!). AND... Don't let the kissass bullshit that people will feed you about how great your music is go to your head and feed your ego. If you are playing before people or letting people hear your recordings, friends and total strangers will provide ego boosts, even when you and/or your music is lame. Most people do not have the heart or the balls to tell artists the truth. It's important that artists NEVER fish for compliments or ask what people think about their music. There is nothing more pathetic. When compliments or when criticisms inevitably come, and they will, artists be prepared to give a sincere thank you, but quickly move the conversation onto another topic. Avoid self adulation at all costs and fuck over criticism with a smile. If you or your music has "it", you might really soar. If your ego get's in the way even a teensy weensy, that "it" thing of yours will show it's elusiveness and people who might have mattered to your career will likely disappear before the smoke clears.