By David Hooper
Develop these 5 attributes of a successful music business
person, and you will find yourself moving quickly toward your
music business goals (and other goals in life)!
1. Thick Skin: you cannot be easily offended or hurt if you
want to be successful. There will always be people who are
jealous or envious or out to bring someone else down—you must
develop a way to see past that and let it roll off your back,
like “water off a duck’s back.”
Ducks have feathers that are tight and their density act like
oil—it keeps the duck dry and warm. So when water (cold or
otherwise) lands on the back of a duck, it simply rolls off.
Let criticism roll off your back in a similar manner—because
you are going to be successful, you will have your share of
criticism. Count on it.
2. Obedience: although this might seem strange to talk about
adults and not children, it is important to consider that in
order to be a leader, you must first learn how to obey a
leader. You must learn the principle of loyalty to a leader if
you want to lead others.
Once you have learned how to obey and to follow directions,
can lead others and understand what commands and orders do for
an organization and an individual. Consider this: 175 of the
CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are former US Marines, and 27 US
Presidents served in the military.
3. Courage: bravery is not courage, but you cannot have
without being brave. Courage is the moral fortitude to stand
for your character (touched on in the last article) and to do
the right thing—even in the face of adversity.
When you have courage, you follow through on your vision. It’s
on display every day and only the courageous have the ability
to get the most out of life. When you have the strength of
conviction, find the courage to put it in to action. You won’t
be sorry you did.
4. Intolerance: not exactly what you might expect to find in
article about success, but each of us must be intolerant of
number of things: intolerant of abuse, of injustice, of the
things that you know are immoral, unethical, or illegal. If
there’s anything in this world you should be intolerant of,
those are some of them. I hope you are an intolerant person—in
the right way.
5. Sense of Humor: if you don’t have a sense of humor, you
fall flat on your face and never be someone who succeeds. A
portion of the road we walk to success is filled with
and potholes. If you come up against one and go down, you must
have the ability to laugh at the situation and yourself. If
don’t, you will be angry and bitter about your misfortune and
never move past it. Laugh at yourself and what you run up
against and you’ll find your climb to the top is quicker and
more enjoyable than you thought it would be.