THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME

Found in Miles Patrick Yohnke’s newsletter & used with permission from him 🙂

THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME
By George Carlin
© 1999 © 2010 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We've conquered outer space, but not inner space.

We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

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Who are you taking your advice from?

3 weeks ago , something really amazing happened. I was making some phone calls about Cyber PR and I met an incredible guy from Saskatoon. His name is Miles Patrick Yohnke, the Founder and CEO of 5 Star Productions. What Miles does (amongst many great things) is take only the best of what’s written for artists and deliver it once a month. The stories and lessons inside are rich and limitless. You can sign up for the 5 Star Productions Newsletter here and by clicking on “5-Star News”. A regular contributor to the newsletter is Derek Sivers from CD Baby, who’s also a close friend to Miles.

By the way – something I’m a believer in is: “are you taking your advice from someone that’s done what you’re looking to do”? If not, why would you listen to someone that talks a big game, but doesn’t have the success you’re looking for … only crumbled dreams. I’m sure you know a bitter booking agent, over the hill artist, etc. … who will layer you with all kinds of advice. Keep this in mind, “have they accomplished what you’re looking to do”?

Note: I’m not suggesting being disrespectful, because everyone can teach us something. Just be aware, that if you’re “betting the farm” on someone that’s run-down, beaten and pessimistic … I strongly recommend you reconsider!!

Instead, why not take your advice from someone who has achieved success & figured it out!

A sparkling example of this is Gilli Moon, who’s a driven, dynamic and VERY successful artist, author, coach & business woman. An article from Gilli is below.

Remember – find the best, study them & learn from them!

Enjoy,

Kyle

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THE SUCCESSFUL ARTIST ENTREPRENEUR:
THE INS AND OUTS OF GETTING OUT THERE AS AN ARTIST IN THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC
By Gilli Moon, Warrior Girl Music – http://www.gillimoon.com
© 2009 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

The KEY TO SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS in the music business of TODAY is to be a unique artist, in charge of your own destiny. It means you need to be an artist entrepreneur.

I’m from Australia. Grew up in Sydney, Australia. Playing piano since I was 4 years old. Was a singer, actor, dance. I did it all. Like many of us, who come from another country or city to L.A, we usually are A type + artists who come to LA and want to be a star. It took me a long time, though, to find out who I wanted to be, and where I wanted to go.

When I first came to L.A I thought that the only way to be successful would be to do showcases on the Sunset Strip, and send my tape around hoping to get signed to a major label. I had all those commercial notions of success in my dreams, like number 1 hit on radio, a grammy, etc etc. The thought was “sign a deal, get a huge advance, and become an overnight success.”

But when I arrived here, (97-98) the music industry started to change right under my feet. It was like quicksand, and the only thing that was going to survive was a self-thinking, proactive artist who took no shit from anyone. Consider that is the time of the Internet. This was a new era, and the wild west, and my mouth was salivating at the chance to do something without relying on anyone else, because, by golly, I had relied on too many people till now, in my life.

In 2000 I decided to start my own record label, Warrior Girl Music, because I didn’t want to wait around for someone to make it happen for me; to at least start it off myself. It was my life. I started to do something entrepreneurial in a time when most artists weren’t willing to risk going out on their own. So I created my own self-made success, in a way, by releasing my own music, touring across the country, and developing great music concepts. I also developed Songsalive! worldwide which is a non-profit organization for songwriters and it has created a huge community. From all of this, I’m invited to speak about my adventures at workshops and in my books and it’s all icing on the cake. I feel like I’m successful today and I’m sharing with you how I see my life and how I see success as an artist, to hopefully inspire you.

I don’t see myself as any different now as I did then. I’m still the girl with a big dream and adventurous in spirit. I live my life one day at a time, and I’m holding on to my dream like there’s no tomorrow.

To this day, we still live in the wild west of the music industry. In fact, I’d rather call it Outer Space. We’re all searching for Mars and a new frontier. We’re in a flux and it’s a perfect opportunity for independent artists to think outside the box and create success for themselves. Artists need to be entrepreneurs. You need to be self-motivated, and in charge of your own ship.

Yes, it’s a lonely path. You will feel very “alone” in your journey, because it’s unique and untainted with any path anyone has taken before.

In order to be powerful as an artist, you have to be very business artist. You need to be very self driven and business savvy. You don’t need to know everything about the business (you can go to experts for advice) but you are in control.

If you want it to be life long, you have to be a visionary. You have to be able to think outside the box and “feel” it inside. A lot of inner work is required. So while you are working on your craft and techniques on the outside, you have to work on your mindset on the inside. There is a lot of inner work to be done.. Everything that I am is ALL about my mindset, my attitude about myself and where I want to go. So keep that in your back pocket.

A while back, I spoke for my second time, at Berklee School of Music in Boston. It’s such an honor to be able to do this and I thank the insightful and prolific Berklee author Peter Spellman for the opportunity, as Berklee is one of the most prestigious music schools in the world. Peter Spellman also gets my vision about the artist entrepreneur. In fact, he inspired me to use the title. It was very timely to speak to students there, not for the sakes of the writing progress of my new book (Just Get Out There), which I always feel inspired to write a chapter or two after a public outing, but also because it reminded me of who I was and what I wanted in life. Speaking and inspiring other artists, reminds ME of why I’m an artist. My audience is like a mirror to my own artistic soul, and my dreams.

I was asked to give my thoughts on the topic of “the inner game of music entrepreneurship” at Berklee. This statement conjured up some fascinating thought and ensuing dialogue. The most obvious cool topic is ‘entrepreneurship’. To be considered an entrepreneur in this business of music by Berklee is indeed flattering, let alone the opportunity to speak about it. With everything I do as an artist, musician, author, speaker, label owner, artist community builder, I guess I am indeed entrepreneurial. What is more important here though is that I feel everyone needs to be entrepreneurial, in order to be truly powerful as an artist in this new music/arts business. It’s automatic. If we want to lead our lives, or art, our business, we need to be self-driven, business minded, and a visionary. But this cannot be just shown externally. We need to feel it and “be it” internally too.

The next part about this topic that I was excited about was the idea of talking about the word “game”.  Dabbling in the music business can indeed be like a game, and it conjured up really cool concepts for me to speak about the game of music, the game of business and finally… the psychological game.

Click here for the full article on Gilli Moon’s website.

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About Gilli Moon & this article

This article is an excerpt from Gilli Moon�s new book JUST GET OUT THERE. Check out her books at http://www.gillimoon.com/thebook

Gilli Moon is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. She is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, pianist, actor, producer, author, painter, motivator, entrepreneur, visionary and empowering community builder, and like her company name, she is truly a Warrior Girl. Her restless creativity and rebellious nature continually urge the artist to push the envelope when writing a song, recording in the studio, on stage, in business and with whatever she touches. Gilli (pronounced as with a “J”) is an illustrious, energetic poly-media artist, with multifaceted albums and dynamic live shows that have touched music lovers worldwide garnering high praise from the most jaded of critics. For the past 10 years she has been one of Australia’s most influential and iconic Artists, forging an independent path before anyone knew what “indie” was. She has produced and released 5 studio music albums of her original music, to critical acclaim,
released several EPs and singles, written hundreds of songs, winning songwriting and artist awards and licensing to film and television show, and has performed around the world many times. Gilli Moon is the quintessential renaissance woman, with a ceaseless contribution to the creative and artist community at large.

Gilli has become a beacon for artists around the world, inspired and motivated by Gilli’s story, and her creativity. She performs and tours
around the world and is constantly creating projects for her own music and arts passions, as well as for others. Inspired to make a difference in the music industry for songwriters, Gilli co-founded Songsalive!, in 1997, which is now the largest internationally based non-profit songwriters organization. Gilli has written a motivational book for artists of all genres called “I AM A Professional Artist – the Key to Survival and Success in the World of the Arts” based on her experiences in the music and general arts businesses as an artist and entrepreneur, and is currently writing her sophomore book release “Just Get Out There” due in 2009.

Discover this dynamic and organic artist at http://www.gillimoon.com Click on Bio for her full story. Her music plays from every page. Check out her label, Warrior Girl Music, which also offers private artist coaching at http://www.warriorgirlmusic.com . And the non profit organization Songsalive! at http://www.songsalive.org

The KEY TO SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS in the music business of TODAY is to be a unique artist, in charge of your own destiny. It means you need to be an artist entrepreneur.

I’m from Australia. Grew up in Sydney, Australia. Playing piano since I was 4 years old. Was a singer, actor, dance. I did it all. Like many of us, who come from another country or city to L.A, we usually are A type + artists who come to LA and want to be a star. It took me a long time, though, to find out who I wanted to be, and where I wanted to go.

When I first came to L.A I thought that the only way to be successful would be to do showcases on the Sunset Strip, and send my tape around hoping to get signed to a major label. I had all those commercial notions of success in my dreams, like number 1 hit on radio, a grammy, etc etc. The thought was “sign a deal, get a huge advance, and become an overnight success.”

But when I arrived here, (97-98) the music industry started to change right under my feet. It was like quicksand, and the only thing that was going to survive was a self-thinking, proactive artist who took no shit from anyone. Consider that is the time of the Internet. This was a new era, and the wild west, and my mouth was salivating at the chance to do something without relying on anyone else, because, by golly, I had relied on too many people till now, in my life.

In 2000 I decided to start my own record label, Warrior Girl Music, because I didn’t want to wait around for someone to make it happen for me; to at least start it off myself. It was my life. I started to do something entrepreneurial in a time when most artists weren’t willing to risk going out on their own. So I created my own self-made success, in a way, by releasing my own music, touring across the country, and developing great music concepts. I also developed Songsalive! worldwide which is a non-profit organization for songwriters and it has created a huge community. From all of this, I’m invited to speak about my adventures at workshops and in my books and it’s all icing on the cake. I feel like I’m successful today and I’m sharing with you how I see my life and how I see success as an artist, to hopefully inspire you.

I don’t see myself as any different now as I did then. I’m still the girl with a big dream and adventurous in spirit. I live my life one day at a time, and I’m holding on to my dream like there’s no tomorrow.

To this day, we still live in the wild west of the music industry. In fact, I’d rather call it Outer Space. We’re all searching for Mars and a new frontier. We’re in a flux and it’s a perfect opportunity for independent artists to think outside the box and create success for themselves. Artists need to be entrepreneurs. You need to be self-motivated, and in charge of your own ship.

Yes, it’s a lonely path. You will feel very “alone” in your journey, because it’s unique and untainted with any path anyone has taken before.

In order to be powerful as an artist, you have to be very business artist. You need to be very self driven and business savvy. You don’t need to know everything about the business (you can go to experts for advice) but you are in control.

If you want it to be life long, you have to be a visionary. You have to be able to think outside the box and “feel” it inside. A lot of inner work is required. So while you are working on your craft and techniques on the outside, you have to work on your mindset on the inside. There is a lot of inner work to be done.. Everything that I am is ALL about my mindset, my attitude about myself and where I want to go. So keep that in your back pocket.