Who Are You Cheering On?

Who Are You Cheering On?

 Drawing by:  @Funkbruddaart

Drawing by: @Funkbruddaart

Who are you cheering on?

OK, let’s be honest for a second. Raise your hand if you occasionally get so caught up in your own pursuit of a dream or goal that you completely forget about what other people are doing? I see those half-raised hands. Now raise your hand if you think anyone and everyone should be supporting you, coming to your shows, sharing your social media, and raving about how incredible you are but you’re rarely doing that for anyone else. Umm, Kevin how dare you accuse me of being so selfish!

If it helps, I’m raising my hand. It’s so easy for us to get wrapped up in our own world that we forget there are so many others out there hustling and succeeding and failing and learning just like we are. We want the support and encouragement of others but we aren’t always as motivated to do that for them. I believe that in cheering others on, we open ourselves up to learning, connecting, and accomplishing what we really want in this life. You see, we are all in this together. We are all trying to accomplish big, scary dreams and we need to know we are not alone. Think about how much it means when someone in your industry encourages you or tells others about you! It’s awesome and we should pay it forward by doing the same for others.

I believe in the laws of attraction so maybe try and find others who need you to cheer them on and see what happens. Take some time to promote another musician. Find another writer and encourage others to read their blog. Go to their shows. Support their cause. Don’t do it for what you hope you’ll get back but do it because you are right there with them and they need you just like you need them. I understand full well that hustle takes up a lot of our own time, but including others in your journey will make it that much more fulfilling. It’s one of the things I love about Nashville Offbeat! It showcases and supports others by turning the spotlight on them.

So as you go throughout your week, I challenge you to find one other person you can talk about, rave about, encourage, and let them know that their work matters! I promise that it will mean so much to them and will open your eyes to a world outside of yourself. We are all in this together so let’s cheer each other on!

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