Kenny's Tip of the Day - Be Willing To Let Go
You must be willing to let go of the place you're at, before grabbing the next one.
In your career, opportunities will come up. You will see them float by and you will look at the current position you are in, and realize that you can't seize that next opportunity without letting go of your current one.
Many many many years ago I was working at a really good recording studio. I had it made. All of the clients loved me. I loved my boss and he valued me and paid me fairly for my work. But it wasn't taking me anywhere. I had reached my ceiling as an engineer in a studio. This studio or really any studio.
I had a good friend who was out hustling and getting better clients. He wasn't being paid much but he was working with top shelf artists and he was on his way to somewhere big. I knew it.
He would ask me to help him on these projects. But I had this job. Working 60. Maybe 70 hours a week. I couldn't possibly find the time to record with him too.
So I had to stop myself and think about where I was. What wrung on this ladder I was sitting on. What trapeze bar I was swinging from for the last 6 or 7 years. And how badly I wanted to jump to that next bar.
Life doesn't make these decisions easy. I had a steady income and a job that I could go to each day. But I let go of that bar and created a partnership with a completely unknown and not guaranteed situation.
That decision payed off in spades and I've been going from one trapeze bar to the next for the rest of my career. Still swinging from one now as I write this.
It's easy to get stuck in what feels comfortable. There's a fear that if you jump without a net, you will regret it and your current bar will no longer be waiting for you. There's a fear that you are not good enough. You should be happy with what you have. But nobody has achieved success without jumping to that next situation while risking the current one. No risk. No reward.
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I hope this finds you well. Kenny Gioia