Years ago, I remember watching an X-Games
competition for BMX biking where one of the entrants fell within the
first few seconds of his performance. I knew from experience he was
probably going to fall again. Unfortunately for him, I was right. The
problem wasn’t his technique; he was obviously good enough to get into
the X-Games in the first place. The problem was simply a case of blown
Our confidence tends to be compound in nature.
Let’s, for example, re-imagine the previous scenario. If the biker had
done well in the first few seconds of his run, his confidence would
compound positively, earning him even more self-confidence.
So the real question becomes, how can we use
our level of confidence to our advantage to help us earn
confidence-interest? The real answer is failure. Failure and
embarrassment are great motivators for us to work harder for what we
want. Although these concepts may cause us to doubt our
self worth and esteem, they also help us to realize we never want to
feel those emotions again.
So the next time you do a gig, event, or
anything else important to you, and it doesn’t work out the way you
envisioned, just remember to use the experience to fuel growth and
better your skills. As Aaliyah said so well, “If at first you don’t
succeed, dust yourself off and try again.”
Have any embarrassing music moments? We’d like to hear ‘em.