A growth mindset is what sets exceptional artists apart.
This means that an artist knows that her abilities aren't fixed and with the right kind of learning and practice, she can continue to improve.
And this growth mindset is a never-ending journey.
You don't stop growing once you've "made it"; in fact, that's exactly when you have to double down your efforts to really take your skills to the next level.
When you achieve some level of success, you have to stay hungry.
We might know a lot, but there's a world of knowledge out there that we don't possess.
This is why it's critical to partner with the right people along your journey.
A singer who has an amazing voice but isn't as developed as a songwriter would do well to partner with an experienced songwriter.
A songwriter who's been writing songs for ten years would to well to partner with a singer who has an incredible voice.
You're looking for people who are better than you at things you haven't yet developed.
In creative chemistry, 1 plus 1 does not equal 2.
1 plus 1 could mean 1,000 with the right creative partner.
As an artist, it's easy to believe that you have to do it all, that you have to be great at everything.
You don't have to do it all.
You just have to continue to grow and find partnerships that are mutually beneficial that lead you both in the right direction.
And you have to step into these situations with humility, openness and a growth mindset, approaching your creative partners with genuine respect and a willingness to learn.
For a creative collaboration to flourish, egos have to be left at the door.