80/20 Applied to Cover Gigs

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2018

It’s 1:30 am. I get handed a check for $150.

The memo reads "I've had better..."

Now, I knew this was a joke. I was friends with the bartender, and we made a thing of busting on each other.

But it did make me think.

It’s been 5 hours since I loaded in. I just played 3 sets. I’m exhausted. Now I’ve got 4 more nights of this to look forward to this week.

"Is this what I want to be doing with my life?"

"No, but it's better than having a day job. Right?"

At that point, I wasn't sure.

It was somewhat of a crossroads for me. I had just gotten married, and we were planning to start a family. I knew I couldn't keep this up. More importantly, I didn't want to keep going that way.

There were two nonnegotiables for me.

  1. I wasn't going to work for anyone else.
  2. I wasn't going to stop playing music.

I was listening to a lot of podcasts at the time, which lead me to the book "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss.

The title is totally hoaky, but the book got such great reviews that I decided to by it.

The concept is really simple, how to maximize output by focusing on the most import inputs. In the book, Ferriss talks about something called the "80/20 Principle."

It blew my mind.

If I could apply this concept to my music career, then I could have more time, make more money, and feel less stressed.

Hells yeah!

Fast forward a year and a half later. My wife and I moved into a home twice the size of our last place, our son was born, and I was making enough money so that she could be home with our new baby. And get this, I was gigging less than ever before.

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