Or is it all just about luck?
Some people will tell you that this is all not true of course. Some people will tell you that it’s all about luck. Especially people who are not successful will tell you this. Probably because they can’t explain their own failure, or because they’re looking for external factors to explain their unsuccessful attempts at achieving something special.
Of course you’ll need some luck from time to time, but chances to be lucky will be much higher if you take the right decisions and if you stay focused while heading into the right direction.
LUCK IS A QUITE RATIONAL PHENOMENON, IT’S THE STATISTICALLY PROBABLE RESULT OF TAKING GOOD DECISIONS ALL OF THE TIME.
You can’t just sit around and wait for some magic to happen. You can’t just write a bunch of songs and play them live, hoping that some talent scout will discover you, who will then offer you a million dollar deal despite the fact that your songs are all boring and irrelevant.
You can’t just write some average class songs and hope that one of them becomes a huge hit by chance, just like that. Such things did happen in the past, but more than 90% of all successful artists and 90% of all successful songs didn’t make it by chance. Their success was planned, and the artists involved got help by their managers and producers to get things right.
This was true for the Beatles, for The Rolling Stones, for Elvis Presley, for James Brown, for Madonna, for Micheal Jackson, for Nirvana, for the White Stripes, for Amy Winehouse, and for almost any other great artist. Some of them had great managers and songwriters / producers, others were just born as perfect business(wo)men.
BEING A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST IS LIKE RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS, AND EARNING MONEY WITH MUSIC OR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS NOT LIKE PLAYING THE LOTTERY.
Some minor one hit wonders may have happened by chance, but as soon as you want to play in the major league, or even if you just want to make a living out of your music, then you’ll need to run things like a pro.