When you reach the top of the Mountain, you’re alone. No one is there to be impressed by you, give you a medal, or ask you to pose for a picture - if you had those moments at all, they won't last the entirety of the rest of your life. No one watched you during the entire climb so no one will completely understand how much effort you put in, except you. This was always just about you and your Mountain - your life, no one else’s.
At the same time though, you're not alone at all. No human achieves greatness in a bubble - so take this moment to let the ripple effect of our human connections actually dawn on you. Also, you're not alone in the sense that you're now part of an elite: you're one of a very rare group of humans determined to find satisfaction internally, not based on anyone else's opinions. We really can't stress enough how rare and valuable this kind of satisfaction is - enjoy its ripple effect across the rest of your life.
At the top it’s only your brain taking it all in - and if you did the climb correctly, your brain will giggle because, yes this view is amazing, but it sure is similar to the views it could see during the climb.
If you did the climb right by building your perspective of your own life, you felt success along the way, not just when you hit the “top” - which means that you were already at the top of The Mountain the whole time. Surprise. There is no Step 6.
You’ll summit multiple times in 1 journey, like a mountain range. Maybe next you’ll want to climb another Mountain, because your first Definition of Success feels fulfilled and you have a new one to climb. You can already see the next Mountain in your head now. The Summit doesn’t truly exist as a destination - because there is no end to your Mountain-climbing adventures now that you’re so skilled and in the thick of it. On the other side, maybe you’ll feel satisfied, and decide that now it’s time to learn how to fish. Or white water raft. Or scavenge for mushrooms. Everyone evolves.
Your Mountain climb, your Music Career, is your life. May you use it in ways that get you closer to what success means to you, and keep climbing inch by inch to get there.
We’re here for you if you want even more personalized help: our one-on-one consulting sessions are personalized around your unique scenario. Most importantly to us though is that our sweaty years of research since 2013 get spread to as many musicians as possible. Use everything we gave you and don’t let your fellow music friends get left behind. Spread the love - because there is no good reason not to: the more music we all get to dive deeper into all the endless nuances of what it means to be a true human being, the better.
We want those invites into your Music Worlds - so come at us. Godspeed.
- Emily Plazek
Founder/Lead Strategy Expert
MIC: Music Industry Connected
May 8, 2021