Have you ever heard someone say, “I started hating this person and, man, it’s making my life so much better!”?
If you have, you’re probably friends with a sociopath.
If you haven’t, you’re like the rest of us.
There’s a good reason you don’t hear musicians (or people in general) talk like this — because hate and jealousy never lead to anything good.
It’s easy to be jealous of another musician who’s more successful than you, or better at songwriting, playing their instrument, or whatever.
But don’t give in to that jealousy — it will wreak havoc on your musical career (and possibly your soul).
And by jealousy, I don’t mean a healthy acknowledgment of the gap between you and another musician (or where you want to be).
I mean hateful jealousy. Wanting what another musician has.
So here are two things that will probably happen if you hate other musicians who are better than you.
You’ll be miserable
If you’re consumed with jealousy, you’ll be void of happiness.
You’ll see all the skills that you don’t have. You’ll be frustrated that you lack something.
Tell me how jealousy benefits your happiness at all.
Your music career will suffer
Because you’ll be focused on another musician, you may forget about yourself and your music.
Don’t try to be another musician. Focus on what kind of musician you want to be.
Put on those blinders and get to work on yourself and your craft.
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