Use Poker to improve Your Music Career
Poker is a game that can teach your lessons about life, business, and your career if you pay close enough attention. The music industry is more competitive than you could comprehend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand out from the crowd and be successful.
This post will go through the different lessons you can learn from poker, reading people, making moves, lessons that will not only help you get your music career on track but will quickly put you on the path to success.
Your biggest enemy is your mind. Your mind telling you that you aren’t good enough, that you are going to fail, you aren’t playing against anyone else in poker really, you’re playing against yourself, just like in your career.
It is easy to get despondent and think you aren’t good enough because success isn’t instant. This negativity will kill your career quicker than you think, and the sooner you start having a positive mindset, the better.
Trust the Process
It is easy to focus on the prize, and not focus on how you get to it. Trusting the process and knowing that the hard work you put in step by step is what leads to success is the difference between winners and losers.
In poker, playing the wrong hand because you are too eager to get to the prize can result in a huge loss. It is always important to remember that how you get somewhere in your career is far more important than the prize at the end.
Know Your Competitors
If you are going to play the game, you need to know who you are playing against. In poker, you need to figure out what hands your opponents like playing, what their tells are, their weaknesses, in music, there is a similar process.
You always need to know who is trying to take the limelight from you, what are they doing differently to you, what is working for them or what is something they have ignored that you can take advantage of.
Yes, there are too many other musicians to count, but you still should be trying to figure out what others are doing that is bringing them success. Do they have a Youtube channel? Do they go live on Instagram regularly? Find what works, and use it for yourself
Spend Wisely With a career like music, it is easy to find yourself in a hole where you have spent a ton of money on studio time, advertising, or whatever else. You need to keep within your means, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be noticed or to win.
There are many services that are basically free advertising, Youtube has already been mentioned, it doesn’t cost anything to record your music and put it on the site, you never know who is going to see or hear it.
You can often see poker players betting too much when they shouldn’t, spending when there is no need, avoiding this, it is an easy mistake to make but it is even easier to avoid.
Don’t let opportunities pass you by because you are scared of failing or you don’t think it is for you. Think of poker, maybe you go up against a more skilled player, but you have a great hand, there is no way you can pass that up just because the competition is tough.
If someone offers you help or a chance to be noticed, take it, no matter how big or small, at the end of the day, it is not about how many people see you or hear your music, it is making sure the right people hear your music. There is a big difference, and you won’t have the chance to do it if you don’t grasp opportunities.
The biggest lesson you can learn is that you will never be the big fish, meaning, you should never settle for what you have, and should never drop your guard. There is always room to improve, there is always someone trying to take your spot.
You must constantly be looking at ways to secure your position and success, poker players don’t all of a sudden start playing lazy just because they’re the big stack and can afford it, and they still take each hand as seriously as the last.
This is true for music as well, never think that you have done enough, because you never know if there is someone working harder and doing more that is ready to knock you off your perch.
There is definitely a connection between poker and a music career, and there are aspects of each that can apply to the other. While the science obviously isn’t exact, the lessons poker can teach you are invaluable.
It is important to know these lessons, and while this isn’t all of them, they are the most important ones, and the ones that you should be giving the most attention to, whether you are starting your career in the music world, or already many years into it.
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