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<h1>Listen to my music, and let me know what I should do</h1>
<small>2009-07-14</small>
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<p>
	I answered 847 emails in 12 hours today.
	That’s an average of 51 seconds each.
	But the single most common request I got was this:
<strong>
	“Take a listen to my music and let me know what I should do.”
</strong>
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	Those emails took the longest.
	I never know what to do with that request.
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	Most of the time, the music is good.
	Not the best or worst thing you’ve ever heard, but good.
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	So I could critique someone’s songwriting, vocals, or production, but then what?
	Would they actually go change their music just to meet my tastes?
	That’d be unwise.
	I’m just a musician that listens mostly to traditional Persian music and <a href="https://somafm.com/groovesalad/">trip-hop</a>.
	I built a website that musicians use, but I was never known for my taste in music.
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	The music itself usually doesn’t make it clear what someone should do.
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	What if I was in a different industry and people said:
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	“I’m trying to find a spouse. Look at my photo and tell me what I should do.”
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	or:
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	“I want to be a millionaire. Look at my bank account and tell me what I should do.”
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	The real answer is “<strong>it depends...</strong>”
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	What are your goals?
	Why are you making music?
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	What have you done so far?
	What’s worked? What hasn’t?
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	What is your reaction to criticism or setbacks?
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	Are you <a href="/time">future-focused or present-focused</a>?
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	What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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	What are your habits?
	Are you growing or coasting?
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	How do you measure success?  Fame?  Money?  Emotional response?
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	What’s your timeline? 1 year? 3 years? 30 years?
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	... and 50 other questions that would make this article too long.
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	It’d take many hours of conversation to get enough information to responsibly tell someone what to do.
	But since I only have a few minutes, I point people to <a href="/pdf">the advice I’ve already written</a> and the <a href="/book">books that have inspired me</a>, then hope they know how it will apply to their unique situation.
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	I always feel a little disappointed that I can’t be more helpful.
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