“Losers have goals. Winners have systems.” – Scott Adams
So you’ve set a goal. You’re going to write a song that’ll get on top of Billboard Hot 100!
You sit down and write, write, write. Pretty soon you’ve got 100’s of songs out there. Just by spending time writing you get better and more efficient. After 5 years of focused writing it happens. You did it! It’s there! Wohoo!
You’re hotter than lava. Everybody wants to work with you. Now you gotta deliver again. You start churning stuff out and nothing’s working. Dafuq is going on? You just had it? Pretty soon you resign to thinking that it was just a fluke and that some people have what it takes and some people don’t. Mindset: Fixed.
Then we’ve got the other version of you. You sit down and write, write, write. The same 100 songs. But also do something else. You develop your skills. You study the songs that’ve made the number one spot. Try to find a common thread. You learn more about writing lyrics. You’re developing your tastes. You gain confidence that where you are is good enough right now but still work at your craft. Then it happens! It might happen in 5 years or it might take you 10 years. Now you’re there. Hotter than a kugelblitz. You keep delivering quality stuff and every now and then you hit that numero uno spot. You get consistency and keep developing your skills. Mindset: Growth.
Goals are important to have but they inevitably lead to the old “now what?”. It’s like knowing where you’re going but not knowing how to get there.
Systems are a set of principals that get you where you want to go and will help you to stay there or go beyond.
Instead of quotes i’ll give you guys some homework to read:
1. “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” – Scott Adams
2. “Mindset: The new psychology of success” & “Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential” – Carol Dweck