I was listening to an audio book on Audible called The Millionaire Fastlane by M.J. DeMarco and he brings up a very interesting point about success. The quote is that “Success is a process, not an event.” He talks about the idea that people may see successful people as being naturally talented, lucky, or being given some sort of advantage and that is the reason for their success. These people, you and I included, see the final result. They see the event. And that is what so many of us focus on: the event.
“Success is a process, not an event. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Michelle Risi
When an artist, engineer, or producer wins a Grammy; people see the event. When a great album releases with great performances and high production values; people see the event. They see the finished product. What they don’t see is that a single event is the culmination of many years of hard work and determination.
If you are an artist, it’s the years of writing and performing songs. If you are an engineer, it’s the years of recording, mixing, or mastering songs. And if you are a producer, it’s the years of arranging, mixing, and producing songs.
The audience doesn’t see all of the failures, rejection, time and work that it takes to get to a higher level. They don’t hear all of the bad songs that you had to write in order to become a better songwriter. They don’t hear all of the… well let’s just say “less than stellar” sounding projects that you had to finish in order to become a better audio engineer.
We all go through this process. It’s a part of life. If you want to get better at your craft then you have to focus on the process, not the event. Yes, it’s hard work, but nothing great in life comes easy. So don’t focus on what other artists, musicians, producers, or engineers are doing. Don’t focus on their events or compare their success to yours. Instead, focus on yourself. Focus on being a better version of yourself each and every day.
Exercise, read, meditate, listen to audio books, listen to educational podcasts, take online courses, or do whatever you need to in order to build a better version of yourself. In the end, you will not only be happier with where you are, but you will also be happier with who you are.
Stay creative, stay encouraged, stay inspired, and stay motivated.