You may not notice the change too much, but I certainly will. Ultimately, the end result is to be able to help you more, and provide you with value that you can use to help your own endeavors grow and flourish.
In fact, the word grow is one of three words that will become my mantra for 2011 (I took this idea from Chris Brogan--he may have gotten it from somewhere else, but I got it from him).
The three words on which I’ve chosen to base my 2011 goals and activities: Grow, Create, Community.
I want to grow NVM, as well as all my endeavors--Nick Venturella Music and The Local Music Journey--in directions that can help you be better equipped to make your own business/endeavors successful, thus adding to my own success.
(I just launched a Facebook Page, Nick Venturella Endeavors, as a one-stop landing page for all things Nick Venturella. Feel free to check it out, but I’ll be fleshing this out more in the coming days before Christmas).
Create: I’m truly an artist. I craft ideas into innovative pieces of art, music and writing. Some of it can benefit others’ businesses, some of it can benefit others’ emotions and state of mind, and some of it can inspire motivation within oneself to create something of their own that can benefit others.
One way I’m going to achieve this is that I’m scheduling time to create, even if it’s to create something small. I’m also taking guitar lessons again (thanks to my wife who surprised me with this early Christmas gift). I’ve been playing professionally since 1994. I probably haven’t had a guitar lesson in more than 12 years. However, there are always things I want to learn about that instrument and my musical craft, and having some instruction can promote expedient progress, not to mention the fact that such activities always seem to motivate my inspiration helping me create more. That bit about having some instruction, or a mentor, leads right into my last goal...
Community: For me, I’m a solopreneur, well, for the most part--not everything I do is on my own. However, a goal I have is to team up more with others on projects as well as simply expanding my sphere of colleagues in a similar boat. One area I feel that I’ve lacked often is having the benefit of an ideal mentor. I've been influenced an helped out by many and am grateful for such help, but I continually seek a mentor, or mentors, who have been, at least in relative terms, where I’m going, or have ventured on a similar journey to where we could share ideas, best practices, etc.
I know that I have a lot that I would like to share, which is why I pursue the endeavors I do--I want to be the mentor for others that I myself am constantly seeking. So one of my goals this year is to expand my community of friends and colleagues to build a support network of folks who genuinely want to see each other succeed, and are willing to offer thoughts and ideas across the board about how to do that.
I plan to offer more specifics about my 2011 goals and how they relate to each of my endeavors, and how those endeavors can benefit you in forthcoming posts, on this site, Nick Venturella Music and The Local Music Journey's Resourceful Musician Blog. Stay tuned.
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