31 must read books for struggling musicians

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Well put Brian Tracy.

Brian Tracy is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur that has trained many in different industries. Listen to this guy he’s done it all

Reading is not the only way to educated yourself. You can take courses, seminars, webinars, audio books, or the school of hard knocks. In the last 4 years I have read easily over 300 books on music, business, marketing, autobiographies, investing, finance, etc.

My knowledge has doubled.

Jumbo Jim the bass player for the Nerdy Baristas was very ambitious with his career with his band and wanted to just take over the world with his music. Like all musicians there’s always a wall that gets hit and gigs starts to plateau and diminish.

Jumbo Jim had to look for freelance gigs because his band stopped touring for awhile and because their booking manager took another gig with a more established act so the band had to fend for their own.

Jim had no idea how to book a gig, yet alone keep it sustaining. There was also finances. Jim always had a bookkeeper managing his finances. Soon his income began to disappear because he had no clue how to manage it.

After one frustrating gig he ran into his old friend Fred from Berklee School of Music who was an amazing guitarist. Turns out Fred came out to the gig to reacquaint with Jim and hangout.

Fred and Jim started rapping about their careers and lives. Fred heard the heartaches and woes about Jim’s frustration with the music business. Fred was in the same boat as Jim, but the only difference was that Fred… Was still landing gigs and his income just kept increasing.

Jim was dumbfounded at how Fred kept afloat in all the music industries chaos. Fred gave Jim the secret to his success.

“Okay bro tell me what your amazing secret is.” Jim sarcastically said.

“One word bro…READ!” Fred emphasized.

“Read?? Ha ha are you serious man?”, Jim laughed.

“All the secrets you need are in books written by those who have researched and have been in the game before you and have failed and succeeded.” Fred said.

“Hmmm.. I guess that make sense.” Jim said.

“Gimme your email, I’m gonna send a list of the books that helped shape my mind, career and pocketbook. But…remember reading the books itself won’t create success you have to put them into action. If not, then the books are worthless ink and paper. Action is the key bro.” Fred said.

“Okay man, send them to me and I’ll check it out. By the way to tell your sister I said, “hi!” Jim responded.

“In your dreams bro. Lol.” Fred responded.

Here is the list that Fred sent to Jim.

31 must read books for struggling musicians.

Soak it up baby!

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
  2. Millionaire Fast Lane by MJ Demarco
  3. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  4. Success is not an Accident by Tommy Newberry
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  6. Eat that Frog Brian Tracy
  7. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  8. 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John Maxwell
  9. 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell
  10. 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell
  11. Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
  12. Financial IQ by Robert Kiyosaki
  13. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck
  14. Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  15. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  16. Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
  17. Tribes by Seth Godin
  18. Welcome to the Music Business: You’re f**cked by Marty Atkins
  19. Tour:Smart: And Break the Band by Marty Atkins
  20. Six Figure Musician by David Hooper
  21. 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
  22. Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
  23. Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley
  24. E Myth by Michael Gerber
  25. All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald Passman
  26. The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten
  27. Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
  28. Jaco by Bill Milkowski
  29. Miles by Miles Davis
  30. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  31. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Yes, there is a book  about the Terminator, believe me it’s a great read and will inspire you. Many of the other books deal with business, marketing, leadership, inspiration, etc. These books are a must for any musician looking to start a career in music.

Time will only tell if Jumbo Jim is serious enough to take the time and dedication to feed his mind with these delicious books. Mmmmm!

The Lesson

  1. Read about your industry.
  2. Read biographies.
  3. Read about how to improve your body, mind and spirit.
  4. Read about how to improve your skills.
  5. Read about sales and marketing.
  6. Read about leadership.
  7. Read about business.
  8. Read about networking.
  9. Take action.
  10. Fail.
  11. Read again.
  12. Take action again.
  13. Fail again.
  14. Repeat this process until you reach your goal.

Take it one step at a time with your music career, weigh your steps, and take action.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”– Stephen King, author

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