You used to have to submit to a thousand publishers and hope one would choose you.

You used to have to photocopy your work and pray someone liked it. That out of all the options in the world, they would choose you.

You used to have to slog it out in the bars night after night hoping the right person, who knew the right person, who knew the right person would hear your song and choose you.

You used to be dependent on the whims of personnel manager who might see something on your resume and give you a call and even after that the executives would choose you.

Those days are almost gone and we live in a new frontier.

Now the click of a mouse (or a touch pad or whatever can put your message, your work to the world. You can own your own publishing company with worldwide distribution with the largest retailer in the world, a print publisher, your own broadcast network, your own recording studio and put your music in the world’s largest store, beside the Beatles and the Stones and you can do all of it for practically free. Can’t find the job you want? Make your own. The world is at your fingertips. Your dreams really can come true…

but there’s a problem.

You don’t need to be chosen to get your work out there anymore. There is only one person in the world that you need to pick you now. That person is the problem. That person is you. You need to believe in your work. You need to finish what you started. You need to get behind it. You need to tell your inner critic to shut up, call your work finished and put it out there for the world to see. You just need to do it. You need to look at yourself, look at your work and say it’s good enough, say to yourself, “I’m good enough. Time to ship.”

Is the competition fierce? Yes. Will everyone like what it is that you do? No. But you’re not creating for everyone. You’re creating for the ones who will be touched and blessed by what it is that you do. They’re your people. They’re your tribe. They’re the ones who will invest their time and their money in you. They’re the ones who will tell their friends. They’re the ones who will choose you.

…but before you can get to them, one thing needs to happen. You need to…

choose you!

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