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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>Be a competent novice, not an expert.</h1>
<small>2000-08-27</small>
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	Don’t go too far down the rabbit hole of managing your little business.
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	It can become a brainless escape — a way to avoid the more open-hearted vulnerable work of making music.
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	Updating your website instead of practicing.
	Answering emails instead of writing a new song.
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	Despite the fact that I talk so much about marketing, never forget that your music itself is always the most important thing.
	Unless your music is great, everything else is moot.
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	Get to the point of being a competent novice at business, then let an expert take it further.
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	If you sense you are becoming an expert, figure out what you love more.
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	Maybe you’re a better publicist than bassist.
	Maybe you’re a better bassist than publicist.
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	Maybe it’s time to admit your weakness as a booking agent, and hand it off to someone else.
	Maybe it’s time to admit your genius as a booking agent, and commit to it full-time.
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	You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
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	You have to decide.
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