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Does working on something “extra” mean you are a failure?

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Is doing something “extra” outside your playing a sign of failure?!
This is me for the past two years at every rehearsal break and concert intermission.
Even on tour with the LA Phil in South Korea, I had my laptop out, working on Honesty Pill. It wasn’t a chore–it was FUN.
After my colleague took this picture, she said, “What on EARTH are you doing?” If I were to go back in time, I would say, “Building the future!”
Turning your superpower or great idea into a business doesn’t mean you are less of an artist or performer…even if you don’t have the big job yet.
In fact, creating a business (like I did with Honesty Pill) can bring your skills to even MORE people who need them, and often in a much more powerful way.
But there is a catch…the minute we start to create something new, whether it is an online business, a new way to teach 1-1 lessons, or even creating a project completely unrelated to music, something happens. Imposter Syndrome kicks in. 
Have you ever had thoughts like, “Why should anyone listen to me?” or, “If I start something new people will think I’ve quit playing!” 
That’s Imposter Syndrome showing up right on time to spoil the creative fun for you. 
I once had a colleague tell me that I had “quit playing” because I took a section job instead of going for a principal spot. Wow! Talking about a limiting mindset!
The takeaway is, it IS scary to try something new, but it is never too late. In fact, there has never been a better time to see what possibilities exist for you.
  • You are extremely capable
  • You have skills
  • You are a problem solver
  • You are a musician

So what are you waiting for? 

Have you ever thought about doing something “extra”? What’s holding you back?

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