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it's my life

Words of advice from Frank Sinatra,
Jon Bon Jovi and me!

There are so many gurus out there telling How to be successful as a musician. Often, however, what they aren’t considering with their advice is what success means to you as an individual.

For instance, two musicians can have completely different measures of success when it comes to their craft. One may believe that getting on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine will be their swan song. The other may want to gig regularly and meet their fans face to face. Neither is wrong. They’re simply different.

When it comes right down to it all any of us can do is be honest with ourselves about what we want. And brave enough to be real with our audience as we go after it.

Frank Sinatra sang about this back in the ‘60s. Written by Paul Anka, but popularized by Sinatra, “My Way” has become an anthem for individuality and an inspiration for living a life without regret.

As a creative, it can be challenging to get rid of the noise and just listen to your own voice. There are people barking at you every which way you turn… all with what they think is best for you.

Sure, they mean well. But are they doing well by you?

Not always, friend.

Any time you lean into someone else’s vision instead of your own, you sacrifice not only your creativity but also your identity. I know, I’ve done it quite a bit myself.

But then I listened to Jon Bon Jovi talk about “It’s My Life,” his band’s homage to the message behind “My Way,” and something clicked. I realized that we ARE all Frankie. We should all do life and business our way.

As a result, here are a few principles I’ve adopted:

  • As much as we’re told to know our audience, which we should, I think it’s much more important that we know ourselves.
  • Every failure is a learning experience. We can allow defeat to crush us or we can come back stronger than before.
  • Nobody should define success for us. We need to march to the beats of our own drums regardless of what others think.
  • Surrounding ourselves with positive people is critical. We truly are the five people we spend the most time with — let’s make it count.
  • Investing in ourselves is the best use of money and time ever. If we’re not growing as individuals our work will stagnate.
  • We should always do what we’re passionate about. There’s nothing wrong with trying new things but abandoning what we genuinely enjoy in return can be paralyzing.

photo credits (top to bottom): SiriusXM, Vanity Fair, Che1899 on Flickr

Frank Sinatra sang about this back in the ‘60s. Written by Paul Anka, but popularized by Sinatra, “My Way” has become an anthem for individuality and an inspiration for living a life without regret.

As a creative, it can be challenging to get rid of the noise and just listen to your own voice. There are people barking at you every which way you turn… all with what they think is best for you.

Sure, they mean well. But are they doing well by you?

Not always, friend.

Any time you lean into someone else’s vision instead of your own, you sacrifice not only your creativity but also your identity. I know, I’ve done it quite a bit myself.

But then I listened to Jon Bon Jovi talk about “It’s My Life,” his band’s homage to the message behind “My Way,” and something clicked. I realized that we ARE all Frankie. We should all do life and business our way.

As a result, here are a few principles I’ve adopted:

  • As much as we’re told to know our audience, which we should, I think it’s much more important that we know ourselves.
  • Every failure is a learning experience. We can allow defeat to crush us or we can come back stronger than before.
  • Nobody should define success for us. We need to march to the beats of our own drums regardless of what others think.
  • Surrounding ourselves with positive people is critical. We truly are the five people we spend the most time with — let’s make it count.
  • Investing in ourselves is the best use of money and time ever. If we’re not growing as individuals our work will stagnate.
  • We should always do what we’re passionate about. There’s nothing wrong with trying new things but abandoning what we genuinely enjoy in return can be paralyzing.

From now on let’s all agree to live our lives our way. Cool?

Jon Bon Jovi speaks about this in a clip I found through Oprah’s Masterclass. Simply click on the computer monitor below to watch it.


being yourself gives your fans permission to be themselves.

— Andrea Hubbert


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