Diary of a Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B Fan/Relentless Hustler…continuation…
By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
Patience is one of the rare qualities found in our society today. Yet, it has many different meanings and interpretations. Everything today is done with the thought in mind to make things happen or go as quick as possible. Efficiency is the keyword mostly used at business meetings all around the world. "Don't waste my time" is a comment commonly stated when people feel their time is not being considered or respected. The word "patience" means, the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. That sounds all good and easy, but, definitely harder than it sounds. From personal experience and keeping up a couple of websites (www.blackherner.com and www.relentlesshustler.com), I know how hard that is, especially for music industry hopefuls. Part of the problem is, every project that you present to the public, you're hoping that it's the one they have been waiting for to validate your greatness and when that does not happen, it stings. Well, what do you do now?
It's time to exercise patience and not be deterred from your goals and dreams. Very understandably, you are probably feeling less motivated as time goes by and the way you envisioned everything is not going so smoothly. You're feeling the pressure and stress of people asking you "How are things going?", "Is your music on the radio yet?" At this point, yourself and those around you want to see results. Well, instead of giving up on all the hard work you've already put into your craft, start-a-new by putting together your most effective and sustainable plan yet. It's time to stop being tired of the uncertainty of your future and feeling the necessity to do more than what you can. Be self-sufficient by learning about what it will take for you to get where you want to be. Stop relying on others to do for you what you can do for yourself. The real truth is, no one will ever care more about you, your craft, and your future more than you. It's time to take matters into your own hands, and figure out what's working and what's not. If you put your best foot forward and fail, there's nothing to be ashamed of. If you fail, do so trying, and if you succeed, do so by putting in the working and deserving it. Believe me, as someone who's taken shortcuts in life before, it's better when you deserve the accolades you receive.
Another method of practicing patience is having the ability to read the climate around you. Not that you have to allow others to decide your career, but you cannot be an island or hear one "no" and run for the hills. Some people will judge what you do harshly, others will not judge harshly enough. So, find the medium of what makes sense, and what does not. It's easy to blame others for your lack of success, but the minute you do that, you're saying that person has power over your present and future. In reality, no one does! People only have the power you give them, otherwise they are just giving their opinions. Speaking to one of my most valuable team members yesterday, do not let what haters say affect you, that's the only power they got is talking and knocking you. Other than letting their comments affect you, realize it's an asset to you. Being talked about, in a negative or positive light is a good thing, just means that you are relevant to them. Just make sure you don't make them relevant to you. As a future success, be objective, step back and remove yourself from personal opinions and read through them to make yourself better or give the public what they want. Don't grow impatient and lose your cool. Be strong enough to handle the doubters and hecklers without losing your confidence, energy, and motivation. Stay yourself, be patient, and keep on grinding. Keep your bigger picture "BIG", Your time will come.
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