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How to choose your path (and adjust when needed)
You have options with your business.
You can focus on recurring revenue, website traffic, email subscribers…
There are TONS of places to put your attention. It can be overwhelming. 😕
I know because I’ve been there.
trip to Israel I listed all the things I work on:
way too much stuff… and the results showed.
I was doing a lot of “good,” but not much “great.”
If you want to be great, you need focus. ( Tweet this)
This meant focusing the majority of my time on Sumo and AppSumo, and putting one day per week aside for
my podcast and YouTube channel.
Sascha had choices to decide, too.
Before starting his career in the music industry,
he’d accepted a job as a chef in Whitefish, Montana and was very close to choosing a very different life path.
But after booking his first successful show — an Afroman gig on Mother’s Day — he chose to follow his passion for music.
The coolest thing is being able to share something you're passionate about. Like for me like I don't make music. But I love the music and I love to experience different cultures.
On reflection, it can be so easy to look back at decisions and feel you did the right thing.
But the truth is, you can make a case for whatever angle you want — and people are happy for different reasons!
In my own life, I see how decisions aren’t always black and white.
For example, my life could have taken a different path and I might still have been happy:
Life could have been great if
I’d stuck around working at Facebook I could be happy if I focused on Sumo 7 days per week
Maybe if I decided to major in something besides business, it could have worked out
Looking back today, I can see the pros and cons for each of these decisions.
The same is true for Sascha.
Being a well-known rap music promoter and manager might seem like a dream, but it’s not without its issues.
All the late nights, partying, and lack of sleep can take a toll on you.
Sascha soon realized that this lifestyle wasn’t working for him — while he was making money, he was feeling like crap... and not totally happy.
I was at a show and I remember I had like a beer in my hand I had money in my pocket. I thought I was going to get laid. And and I remember having all of these things that I thought would make me happy. But I just felt empty. This is not for me. This is not working.
He stopped the drinking, and it's changed his life for the better.
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Recently, I learned from
Ryan Holiday the economics of the book business. VIDEO
Behind-the-scenes of businesses we see everyday is
I wanted to learn about the economics of the music business with Sascha.
First up, what’s the difference between a manager and promoter?
Managers work off revenue, and take a commission of between 10-25% depending on who you are.
Promoters play a much riskier game, but the rewards can be much higher. You’re trying to drive more revenue from sales of shows or events than you spend on the artists, renting the venue, etc.
In the promoter business, the upside is huge but there's a higher risk side.
This is true for
lots of different businesses.
Take Uber for example — we recently had
Andrew Chen, their Head of Growth, on the podcast.
They’re creating a totally new type of transportation system.
Their upside is INSANE, because they’re changing an entire industry. But the downside is these types of startups are far more likely to fail in the early days.
Micha Kaufman and Fiverr. It was slow to start… but now they’re a $1+ billion company.
My businesses are much more like “manager” style businesses.
Sumo is based on Groupon, which I liked following following because I knew the concept was more likely to work (and we’ve grown to an
I’ve taken concepts that are already proven to work and reapplied them to new niches.
If you’re starting or growing your own business, are you...
The promoter thinking going for huge risks… but huge rewards?
Or the manager, doing something stably for smaller but more predictable gains?
Want to hear more about Sascha’s story? Check out the video below.
This is the tip of the iceberg.
Listen below to hear my full conversation with Sascha below and learn:
What it’s like to work with the biggest name in entertainment, like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, and more
The music industry exposed and behind-the-scenes — warts and all
Strategies to start your business in a crowded market (like the music industry)