Be a Better You: Try Something New

Some people look to the first of January as a date made for pursuing new things, but here at Haulix we believe such thinking is born solely out of a desire to remain the same rather than it is to genuinely change. If you want things to be different you have to do different things. Repeating the same behavior over and over while expecting different results is madness, yet so many of us allow ourselves to continue living life that way because – put simply – change is hard. Sameness is always easier, and it’s hurting you as much as it is your audience.

Do you know why some people have thirty year careers in entertainment and other, perhaps far more talented people never get noticed? Part of it has to do with luck and another with the people you surround yourself with, but the third component is change. Those who find longterm success in this industry never stop changing. Their sound may always feel familiar, or they may work with the same type artists, but they are always trying to find new ways to evolve.

The changes we’re discussing here do not need to be completely life-altering unless that is what you feel you need to do. For most, the changes needed are more an act of constant refinement than one of reinvention. If you always write about punk music, try hip-hop for a month. If you always write try to write anthemic songs, try being a bit more personal. Change your habits just enough to be uncomfortable.

Being good is not the goal of this change, though proficiency over time is entirely achievable. Your primary goal should be making your brain think differently. You want to shake the cobwebs that have developed through repetitive actions so that you might see things in a new light as if they were new once more. You may discover a new hobby or passion, but you might not. What is important is that you rediscover the passion you had for your craft at the beginning. If you can tap into that and channel it through the knowledge and experienced gained over time you can do anything.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.