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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>Ignore advice that drains you.</h1>
<small>2000-09-07</small>
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	My music career was derailed when I took some advice from an expert.
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	When my own music was at its peak success, a famous lawyer said he wanted to work with me.
	He said I should start a label, sign a few other artists, make them successful too.
	Then instead of getting me a simple artist deal, he could help me get a deal for the entire label for over a million dollars.
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	I walked out of his office sad, but acknowledging that he was right.
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	That was the smartest thing to do to be a big success.
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	So that’s what I did.
	I stopped putting my full attention into my own music, and tried to sign and produce other artists.
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	I spent two long years on this.
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	But the whole time, I hated it!
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	I only loved my own music.
	I only wanted to be an artist, not a label.
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	So, as you can imagine, it didn’t go well.
	My label was a failure, and my own music career lost momentum because I lost focus.
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	I wish I had paid attention to my emotions, and not wasted years of my life following someone’s advice.
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	Point is:
	You’re going to hear a lot of advice.
	Listen to it all, but pay close attention to what it does to your energy and focus.
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	If it makes you jump into action, it’s good advice.
	If it makes you feel drained, sad, or lost, then it’s not for you.
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