#1
Greeting internet folk,

I would like to share a theory that I have come to believe and that I think is really inspiring and motivating.

The theory is that in this age of opportunity it is possible for anyone who has their basic needs met (and maybe an internet connection) to learn and get good enough at something (via the internet for almost free) and then use that skill to make a living.

It could be anything, and anything means logically you should choose to do the thing that makes you the most happy. The thing that you are good at, that you are passionate about. It is logical to follow you dreams.

This only means you need to make enough time to get really good at the thing you enjoy, if playing guitar and making music is your thing then finding a way to quit your day job and make music your job should be your first priority.

If music is really what you love and you keep spending your time doing other things you will never get good enough to do it for a living, but it is certainly possible.

You have everything you need and if you just put your mind to it and do it then success is pretty much guaranteed... as long as you're smart about it.
#2
The same opportunities extend to every other person too, which has resulted in overly saturated markets; the music sector probably being the most saturated, making it incredibly hard for anyone to get a stable footing nowadays.

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#3
True and false.

It is easier nowadays to follow your dreams so to speak (atleast in the western world) and get good at something as you said. I think making sure that you find a way to quit your day job and make music your job as a first priority might be a bit false though. I agree that if you love making/playing music you should have it as a goal to make it your job, but i remember many years ago when i was still practicing and going to high school and such i had to take jobs that i didn´t really like, and that did not allow me to practice as much, to get by. Basically what i am saying is just don´t go the route of "i want to be a musician, i am not going to take any other jobs until that is my job", take a part time job and work and practice.

You also have to be prepared to make some sacrifices. Mine was much of my social life in high school and such, since i only had time to work and practice, and meet friends maybe once or twice a week when i had a day off.

In the long run it payed off for me though. Music is now my profession and the social aspect have come back to me as a result of it. I just think (as you said) you have to be smart about it and maybe think in a bigger frame of time.
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#5
False.

Computers can do many tasks more efficiently than humans could ever do.

In 10 years 40% of the worlds population will not have jobs, because there simply won't be enough jobs that exist that computers can't do more efficiently and cheaper.

This will naturally lead to a shift in the way we view society, and socialism via technology is the only answer (computers pretty much do everything and humans only work 15-20 hours a week full time).

Why am I posting this here? You are talking about gaining skills for a job, when there won't be jobs to have.
#6
If I have the opportunities to learn pretty much any skill, so does everybody else and I'm sure enough people have taken that opportunity already.

It would also cause an over saturation of people that can do a job, and not enough jobs for those people to actually do.
Sort of like how the new trend of E-cigarettes has allowed about 4,000 E-cigarette shops to open in my local area that must each be earning around 12p a month because of all the other shops splitting the potential customers up.


Also, it doesn't matter what you can do, lot's of people (and practically all employers) want proof that you can do it in the form of some qualification or recommendation. Recommendations usually require the said qualification to acquire.
It's all well and good saying "I could easily do technical support for your PC troubleshooting company" but without a certification I could just as easily be lying or exaggerating my ability.


As far as small jobs around the house go though, sure you can do it. You go and watch that youtube video on how to build a coffee table, you little scamp you!
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#7
Map, thanks to people with pessimism like that there will always be room for one more person to succeed while you chill because ahh there are to many other people doing it already.

You are absolutely right Sickz, I am not saying quit your job tomorrow because you want to do music and an implosive thing. You may get those feelings as a muso when starting out but i think in most cases it takes years just to be sure you really really want to do something as a serious career, then it takes more years and years to get to a professional level.

You have to look at the big picture all the time because that is what it is all about but you can only do so much in one day, the little bit you do everyday all adds up eventually so I am trying to drive the kind of motivation that makes you get up each morning amped to do more work towards your final goal.

If you need your day job then working a few hours on your dream is OK but then your first priority should be to get some form of residual income or find higher paying part-time work so that you can have more time for your dream, again it all adds up.

To Mac, I'm cool with that, Id rather find out that I don't need to work any more and be a really badass musician than a really badass accountant.
Last edited by Victorgeiger at Jul 13, 2014,
#8
Quote by Victorgeiger
To Mac, I'm cool with that, Id rather find out that I don't need to work any more and be a really badass musician rather than a really badass accountant.

I agree 100%
#9
I'm sorry link I don't share your views on macro economics and my personal experience is that employers are much more interested in your qualities rather than what is on your resume as long as you can show some form of recommendation and experience.

Don't say everyone wants experience so how do you get it, it's simple you start at the bottom and have some gusto, make that boss know that he is going to hire you. (If it is a little retail store this is easy to do with basic google knowledge, bam experience.)

You have limiting beliefs my friend, where there is a will there is a way and my career in IT (which I am hoping to move on from but will always be a valuable skill and experience) is proof of that.
Last edited by Victorgeiger at Jul 13, 2014,
#10
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I agree 100%


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#11
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Lol, I was watching some stuff on the singularity the other day. So stoked to be alive right now we're gona see some cool ish

I talk about the singularity all the time and people hate it but it's so cool.
#12
i think the bigger problem is that most people don't know what they love all that much. it takes some rare bravery to dedicate so much of your effort toward one thing and convince yourself that you love it so much that it is worth it.
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#13
Quote by Victorgeiger
Map, thanks to people with pessimism like that there will always be room for one more person to succeed while you chill because ahh there are to many other people doing it already.


I'm not just chillin' mate. The people with "pessimism like that" who actually want to part of the music industry would be there right beside you, working twice as hard because they have a realistic view of the industry.
#14
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I'm not just chillin' mate. The people with "pessimism like that" who actually want to part of the music industry would be there right beside you, working twice as hard because they have a realistic view of the industry.


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