One of the first things you should do is to find someone you trust, someone that you respect and pitch your whole idea to them. Don’t find a ‘yes’ person, that’s someone that just agrees with you about everything you say and thinks you are never wrong. You need to find someone that can look objectively at what you are doing and find the holes or gaps in it and provide constructive and useful questions that will make your plan even better.
This person, or a few people if you are lucky enough to find them, can become a great mentor.
I have two mentors that I throw ideas and concepts at, most things I plan to do I share with both of them and this provides me with sometimes different but often well justified and a balanced view of what I am trying to do. A mentor that is wise and has your best interests at heart will be looking for the balance between what is possible and what is realistic as well as seeing things that you don’t see because you are so close to the idea.
Have you ever had a great idea, got extremely excited that you just discovered a billion dollar product only to find a few weeks later that someone else invented that 30 years ago. To save the embarrassment, a mentor can help put these things into balance and provide a different perspective.
When you are accountable to someone, you tend to perform a lot better.
Best example is at work with your boss. If you know what the boss expects you to do and you know that your boss needs things done by a certain time, you get them done. Imagine if you were at work without a boss or someone less motivated than you was at work without a boss. Would things get done? Would people perform really well without someone watching them?
When someone thinks no one is watching, they do the craziest things.
I remember when I was really young finding bags of pamphlets, thousands of papers, stuffed between rocks along the beach at Glenelg in Adelaide. I was extremely puzzled as to why someone would leave them there. When you deliver pamphlets to houses along a street, is the boss there watching, probably not? When no one is watching many people underperform and when there is no accountability, often very little happens.
I was going to compare accountability to Australian politics but that is one scenario where accountability and doing what you say you will do doesn’t seem to consistently happen.
Which does bring another point, if you are going to say you will do something and you let people know that you will do something, then do it. Why, because your credibility is on the line. Accountability and credibility have a lot in common.
Become accountable and stay credible. So if you have a great idea but are not 110% convinced about it, talk it over with your mentor before going too far with the idea.
When it comes to your music career, planning to do something is one thing. Actually doing it is another. A bucket list is a great idea, but it is just an idea. It becomes a bucket list when you start doing what is on the list.