Want a Successful Music Career? Don’t Fall into This Trap

Bjorgvin Benediktsson
5 min readOct 20, 2023
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When you look at those successful musicians with 100,000 subscribers, super-loyal fans, and exploding six-figure music careers, it’s hard not to feel dejected.

It’s hard not to compare yourself with them and think that you’ll never get there.

That path is so long, and you don’t know how to start. So you kill yourself with comparison syndrome instead.

But the truth is, they started probably in the same exact place as you:

  • With nothing
  • With zero subscribers
  • No income

Maybe even a negative balance in their bank account.

But here’s the shocking truth:

They were in the same place as you and were comparing themselves to somebody else who was further along than them when they started.

You are no different from the successful people you look up to. You’re just at a different point in your journey.

So if you’ve struggled to grow your music career because of comparison syndrome, if you don’t know how to get started or keep going because it all seems like such an uphill battle, in this post, I’ll show you just how you can push past all that and start creating some success for yourself.

Recognize Your Journey

Every artist’s journey is unique, and comparing yourself to others only hinders your progress. It’s important to realize that no two paths are identical.

If you’re battling the comparison syndrome, you’re not alone. Everybody does this, and the first step to making progress is your awareness that there will always be people ahead of you somewhere.

The Power of Consistency

A big burst of inspiration might be what you need to get started on your musical journey, but it won’t carry you through the long haul.

If you want to succeed, no matter what you do, you must consistently show up for yourself.

When they say life is 80% showing up, they don’t mean you do it once and never again. If you want to be in it for the long haul, you’ll have to show up all the time.

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Bjorgvin Benediktsson

I write about music, creativity, and entrepreneurship. My new book, You Get What You Give, is out now. Grab it here: https://geni.us/YGWYG