For over a year, the writer lived in a pup tent and worked to improve his writing. The song plugger began pitching songs and getting them cut. Eventually, the writer got a record deal and had some major hits as an artist. Now, they still work together, and the writer is one of the hottest writers in the world. They have made a fortune together. The writer now lives in a very modest house. And the song plugger still pitches his awesome songs. We sat there, dumbfounded. It is so easy to look at someone’s success and to think – “Wow, things come so easy for them. I wish I had their life” without knowing what they sacrificed to get where they are.
The moral of this songwriter’s story is two-fold:
1) Don’t assume that anyone got their success without great sacrifice.
2) If you want to succeed, it really helps to want it THAT bad. People who succeed in the music business are not half-way in it. They commit to it with everything they have, and they pursue it relentlessly.
That’s the competition. That’s the level of “want to” that gets you to the top. That doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed without living in a pup tent, but it DOES mean that songwriting has to be a SERIOUS pursuit – not just a hobby – if you want to succeed. If it matters to you, devote yourself to it and do what it takes to make it happen.