Before we really get into the "meat" of this post, I'd like to conduct a bit of a light-hearted exercise. I want you to think back a list of some of the milestones that you've made through your efforts. Go ahead and compile your list, and come back to the conversation; I'll still be here.
Got your list ready to go? Great! then onwards and upwards...
Personally, When I think back, the following come to mind: how to ring out a proper power chord, palm muting, bending/ unison bends, hammer ons/pull offs, learning a solo from beginning to end, learning a song by ear for the first time, writing my first song, learning more intricate chords/voicings/substitutions, layered harmonies, legato, string-skipping, economy picking, alternate picking, so on and so forth -- at this point your probably thinking: what in the world has this got to do with entrepreneurship? We'll get there, I promise.
Now I'd like you to compile a second list of all your personal attributes that helped you reach your desired playing outcomes? Just as before, go ahead and compile this list and come back.
Look over your list and see if you have any of the following or similar terms:
I vividly remember when that knowledge bomb of mass instruction entered into my earholes, as it made quite an impact on me. I realized at that moment, that musicians [particularly guitarists, but then again, I'm a bit biased ;)] absolutely have what it takes to monetize their passions, the only factor missing from the 'success' equation is hustle. But just like any new skill, it improves with time, leading to bigger and better outcomes. Again, look back at your lists one last time and notice how each ability increased exponentially --in terms of both skill level and outcomes.
Before I sign off, I'd like to leave you with three questions to answer to yourself: Who are you as an artist? What do you hope to accomplish? What are you doing to get yourself from where you are to where you want to be?