The greatest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that the essential key to success is Keeping Your Word.
If you’re an entrepreneur or an artist and you’re working with a team of people, the key words to your success are: Integrity, Trust and Respect. So how do you lay the foundations of your success? By doing what you say you would do.
Yes, it’s as simple as that. You stay reliable and trustworthy even for the things that you think are insignificant because you never know they might be important to someone else and it could make a big difference for the development of your relationship / project. So when you say you’re going to email/call someone before ‘Thursday’ do it by Thursday, I know it might sound a bit harsh but reliability and timekeeping are the tools to build trust and that’s where your focus should be.
So the big question here is: what prevents us from keeping our word? I think that most of the times it’s due to ‘overcommitment’. If you’re anything like me and tend to be enthusiastic about new ideas/ and projects then there will come a time when you realize you said yes to a project but you cannot dedicate yourself to it because of lack of time and priority. I’ve been there – it happens, but that’s why it is always good to think twice before saying yes, learn to prioritize and do what’s more beneficial for you and your career. It’s a matter of respect for you and the person you’re working with.
The music industry is tough but know that you can stick to your moral principles and still achieve your goal. Know that integrity and honesty will always get you farther in life.