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<title>What do musicians and entrepreneurs have in common? </title>
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<strong>I decided at 14 I was going to be a full-time musician.</strong>
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Because of this, I knew:</p><ul>
<li>I'd never have a job</li>
<li>I'd never have a salary</li>
<li>I'd never have insurance</li>
<li>I'd never have a boss</li>
<li>I'd have no security - no guarantees</li>
<li>Nobody would help me - I'd have to bootstrap everything myself</li>
<li>Fighting against apathy and gatekeepers would be a constant struggle</li>
<li>I'd have to be one-in-a-million brilliant to achieve this incredibly difficult goal</li>
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But I was psyched about this! This was my dream-come-true scenario. I told everyone I was going to be a successful musician.
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And I did. I worked nonstop. I started touring profitably when I was 18. Moved to New York City. Did whatever it takes to make a living as a musician. When I was 27, I bought a house in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock,_New_York">Woodstock</a> with the money I made touring. I was living the dream.
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Today, the amazing <a href="http://rockstarlifelessons.com/">Carla Lynne Hall</a> asked me why I chose the entrepreneur path instead of the 9-5 job mindset.
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<strong>But look at that list, up top, again. It all applies to entrepreneurs, as well.</strong>
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If you decide to start your own company, you're not going to have a job, boss, or guaranteed income. It'll be a constant uphill struggle, without help from anyone.
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No wonder I fell into being an entrepreneur so naturally.
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<strong>All those negatives are my dream-come-true scenario.</strong>
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