A lovely visualization of what it takes to “make it” as a musical artist / band in New York City.

This near the end is also useful:

Time to get to the Big Venues…

Just a bit of paper-napkin math you can see that it takes years for bands to really get to make it with the more rare ones doing it around a full year.

There’s so much to think and meditate on regarding these data points and it’s incredibly useful, humbling, and very, very sobering.

Most of us don’t have the patience and resolve to dig in, do the hard work, and to not give up on our dreams for years. Many of us, including myself, grossly underestimate what it takes to achieve modicum of success.

But, I’ve changed and I’ve grown since I first started building products and creative projects. I know, more than ever, that good things just take time and that small investments, over a long period of time, is what will ultimately determine success.

You see, there’s no formula outside the essentials: Good old fashioned perseverance and a lot of hard work. There are really no shortcuts.

And, if you happen to be lucky enough to have an accelerated timeline? Well, being grateful is what comes to mind first. Gratitude. Full stop. And then you get back to work.

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