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Learn yourself (to move forward as a D.I.Y. Rock Star)

Loosely accompanies Gab & Jam, 276. Learn yourself (to move forward as a D.I.Y. Rock Star)

Getting past hindrances like imposter syndrome, perfectionism, comparing yourself to others’ success may take some resiliency. That’s where this topic helps.

We’ve talked about things like setting up a vision board ( and about how to make and stick to plans, but THIS topic takes you to a mindset BEFORE all that. Because before you can even ask what you want, you have to know who you are and be honest about this.

As an artist, you are vulnerable yet have to put yourself—and your music—out into the world to face more rejection than you may be prepared for. Therefore, we must guard our minds against that, as we strike out and attempt to draw in our tribe. As a D.I.Y. Rock Star, your mission is to not just create art, but to circulate it in the world. In order to not get blown about by negative feedback, by lack of feedback, by trolls, you must center yourself and know what you are and remember what you stand for. You must fortify your mindset BEFORE—or as you—embark upon this journey. It’s much too easy to get lost in trying to chase whatever people are telling you to emulate and/or in chasing a creative payday, but by knowing what is TRULY important to you, you will be able to see what opportunity is best for you and which ones not to even reach for. THAT’S what this topic is about.

There’s this thought that, if one is getting paid to create something that this is ALL that matters. However, as people who have tried quite a variety of styles of music over the years—YES, we wrote and recorded a rap album in the 90s—but, because it was not TRUE to who we were and in what we believed in, it will NEVER EVER be released. –Thank God the internet was not a “thing” then, so that there is NO way it made it out of our studio for others to hear! –The whole thing is that making money on something doesn’t always motivate you to create; creating is a strangely emotional, human enterprise, so there’s a passion that’s necessary that money can’t stoke.

So, an artist’s goal has to be more than just making music; it has to lead one to ask enough questions to know what you’d like to do, so that you can figure out where you’re going. THAT’S what this topic is about.

So, this is inspired by questions you ask yourself (in Jordan Peterson’s video: ). –We think these might be great journaling prompts that would help us think through some of these ideas.

Peterson’s premise is that we don’t know yourself as well as we think. We are ignorant about who we could be, which is actually kinda exciting. How do we come to know ourselves in terms of personality and potential? Understand that you have to learn yourself by watching yourself like you’re watching a stranger. Listen to the words you say.


Ask yourself these questions:

1. What kind of person would say that? Does what I say make me feel stronger or weaker? Is it filling me with shame? Or is it helping my confidence?

2. Am I deceiving myself and other people?

3. Am I adopting this personality at parties that is designed to impress and to amuse, but that comes across as nothing but self-centered narcissism?

4. What are my dark fantasies?

5. What are my aggressive fantasies?

6. What is it that I am willing to do?

7. What am I interested in (so that I will spontaneously pursue it)?

8. What do I procrastinate about and why?

9. What am I unwilling to do?

10. What do I think is good?

11. What do I congratulate myself for accomplishing?

12. What do I berate myself for failing to confront and to implement?

Those are all complicated questions, but that’s a start. Though the questions come from this psychology-heavy video, we thought we could apply this to the work necessary to pursue the D.I.Y. Rock Star lifestyle. Getting past hindrances like imposter syndrome, perfectionism, comparing yourself to others’ success may take some resiliency. You need to stay motivated in order to get up, show up, and do the work. That’s why we think that the secret to success is learning who you are.

Check out the accompanying episode:

Gab & Jam, 276. Learn yourself (to move forward as a D.I.Y. Rock Star)


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Here’s what we’re into now:

· Tom Ray’s Art Podcast:

· “Sugar Fit” on Darkest Corners of the World Podcast S2 E3

· “Flying High” (from “Sugar Fit” album) on Toes in the Sand Playlist

· “Sugar Fit” on his Spotify “Indie: Undiscovered But Brilliant: Vol. 3”

· “Sugar Fit” on No Sugar Radio

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—-Oh, and we forgot to mention that one of the videos for our song—“Tell Me What You Want”—has been going gangbusters in Vietnam, racking up over 30k views in the last month! 😳🤷🏽‍♀️ If you haven’t seen it, here’s the link:


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