You’re an 8, you need to be a 10

Author: Ben Kench

I’m sitting on a plane on my journey home and the man next to me starts up a conversation…

He’s a very interesting man and the conversation flows with energy and¬†anecdotes. I enjoy his company and am glad he started to chat. It soon becomes evident that he is a budding musician – after 20yrs of trying he’s still committed to ‘making it’.

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Now the interesting thing is that he acknowledged that to ‘make it’ he couldn’t just be good or even very good. No, to ‘make it’ you need to be ‘outstanding’.

And so he acknowledged this fact and deliberately sought to become even better. He searched for and paid a professional to teach him how he could improve.

Pro-actively taking steps and committing to actions aware that if he desired to make money from songwriting then he needed to be working with and learning from those who are already ‘walking the walk’ and whose reality is living proof of his dream. AND that as these professionals are at the top of their ‘tree’ then it goes that it would demand considerable financial investment along with possibly some emotional ‘bruising’ as undoubtedly he was going to have to hear that he wasn’t getting it right- he was therefore doing it slightly ‘wrong’….not something we like to be told!

Thus we have a man that isn’t merely ‘hoping’ for a big break….that isn’t just talking about making it in music because after over 20yrs of refining his craft and being broadly recognised as ‘very good’ ….that is not content to look back and make excuses that ‘it didn’t happen for him because he just never got noticed’…. We have a man who says he is committed to his dream and takes the required action to endorse his words.

And what do we learn?

He is very good. His past minor success was deserved and the professional songwriting ‘coach’ was clear that ge had what it takes to make it if he committed to learning and applying the ‘tweaks’.

My fellow passenger asked the professional “How good am I? How far away from being good enough to ‘make it’ am I?”

The reply?

“You’re an 8, you need to be a 10”

And so the professional imparted advice…

The hungry songwriter worked at and applied the tweaks… Tweaks by the way that you never can ‘stumble upon’ or learn by accident but rather have to be passed on from those whose game is already at the higher level…..

And today my fellow passenger has crafted a song that has been ‘snapped up’ by a huge international artist and looks highly likely also to become a hit record.

After 20yrs of learning, being fairly successful and enjoying the knowledge that he was indeed ‘very good’ he took steps to become outstanding and will probably now be an ‘over night success’!

The message is very clear- you’re an 8 and you need to be a 10 … and to get to 10 you need to be learning and seeking the expert ‘tweaks’ from those already there.

Go for it! Enjoy your journey!


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