How singing helps in your career
Even if you have no interest (or not ready) for now to make singing your career, the very fact that you are trying to master this craft may be giving you more benefits than you bargained for. Consider the following video and how it relates to the topic:
As you can see, being a rabid hobbyist who spends his/her free time devoting time, energy and money into a craft that s/he is not even being paid to do; that covers all the elements of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
- Autonomy: you do it because you want to do it, not because someone else expects it of you;
- Mastery: the sheer knowledge that you are getting better and better at something gives this immeasurable sense of accomplishment, especially when you can express yourself through your art;
- Purpose: when you realize the power you have in your hands, and start designing a specific use for it that will make a difference
Imagine going to the office and knowing that whatever happens, you always have something to fall back on. Even if you can’t derive the values of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose in your current job, you can still get them from singing! And nobody can tell you you’re fired! =)
To expand on this, let’s go through some concepts about work. The most obvious is being an employee. This is where you learn your craft in a safe environment. You are not directly responsible or liable for the company’s fate as a whole. If the company fails, you simply pack up and get into another company. The downside is that you are also not eligible for the company’s profits. Nevertheless, this is the best way to complete your apprenticeship.
The second stage is self-employed. You get so good at your craft that eventually you gain the confidence to go out and find your own customers, or even customers your previous company was not able to serve. This is the state where you wean yourself from being dependent on a company to independently working on your own. This is also the stage where mastery is beginning to take shape. You begin to see that your work is a combination of art and science and that in your hands it is potentially very powerful.
Third stage: entrepreneurship. With all the power you have in your hands and all the masses to serve, you begin to realize you can’ t do this on your own. You begin to build teams and build people, and devise ways that people can learn your art effectively and join you in service to the world. The rewards of this mission, should you choose to accept it (!) are huge financial bounties and a sense of significance – seeing all the people you helped to grow and be leaders themselves.
Final stage: investor. With all those years of experience under your belt, you have become very valuable and well-respected in your chosen craft. You may no longer be active in the business, but you still invest your time, money, and most importantly you expertise to guide the next generation of new blood that will inherit the legacy and hopefully champion the legacy for the next generation.
With this kind of mindset in mind, where do you see yourself as a singer? Whether you hone your craft to serve others or for your own enjoyment, the mere knowledge that you are devoted to a worthwhile cause will positively affect the other areas of your life, such as your job or your family. And who knows, you might one day get the call to serve in the work you are most passionate about. I’m a hobbyist myself, but I do keep myself open to the possibility that I might one day find myself being asked to contribute in music and singing.
I will keep practicing and fine-tuning so I’ll never be caught by surprise. Leave your contacts here – who knows? We might cross paths! Happy Singing =)
By the way, in case you need info on career paths and whatnot, here’s a really cool blog you might wanna check out: http://www.careerjobsfinder.com