We should seek out the masters of whatever field we’re in. They’ve been there, done that. And they’ve made mistakes we can learn from. Email them (they might not respond, but what if they do?), read what they’ve written, watch their videos.
As entrepreneurs in the music field, we have more than just the master musicians—leaders, psychologists, inspirational speakers, these become our teachers, too. What we do is complex and multidimensional. Lots of places for failure to surprise us. By looking to those before us, we might avoid some failures and experience all new ones, failures we’ve earned.
*Speaking of masters, I’ve released another episode of my podcast, a conversation with Tricia Park. She’s a musician with great entrepreneurial instincts, having founded both ensembles and music festivals. Check it out here.