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April 7, 2022

Book Review: It's All in Your Head by Russ

Book Review: It's All in Your Head by Russ

Book Review is a 5 min-weekly-bonus segment where Helen shares a new book resource that may help musicians level up their practice! This week, Helen discusses "It's All in Your Head" by Russ and discusses the 3 Pillars of the Book:
1. Delusion
2. Persistence
3. Gratitude

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Hey, Krafties it's Helen and welcome to the five minute book review. You know, I started the five minute book review because I read a book a week and I just love sharing the information that I dilute and the mind maps that I make from my book summaries, a little bit of how I. Think and how I work so that you can innovate and move forward in your art and your music as well.

I am so excited to review this book. This book is called it's all in your head by Bruss. To be honest with you, I read this book in a day and waited. An extra day to finish the last 20 pages because I didn't want to finish it in a day. I literally drove to my local Barnes and noble sat in the bookstore because I couldn't wait to open up its part cover.

And just flip through the pages. This book is full of text, color, easy and simple to read, and it's broken up in three easy parts delusion. Persistence and gratitude delusion. Russ talks about how awful he was when he first started out as a rapper, how he just fell in love with music because he had friends and an environment that supported the flourishing of it, how he dropped out of college, despite having a promising future, being an amazingly talented person within the education system, but feeling like he wasn't really being driven past his limit.

But what he did have was an extreme confidence in himself. What, especially stood out to me in this book actually is he tells this story. Having friends that were 10 times better than him when he first started out being jealous and trying to see how he can get to their level. But those friends quit prematurely because it just got too hard, but he never quit.

He talks about making $600 a year, sometimes just $20 when he first started. Producing music from the royalties that he was making. And then one year later he made $103,000. How fast that jump was because he was faithful to the art. One of the common themes that I've gotten from analyzing and studying musicians is we all have this resistance in us.

This part of us that just is discouraged by the suck that we're doing. And Russ talks about it. But he says that you need a level of delusion, a level of self-belief in order to get to a place where you can eventually create from a place of being yourself. One of the things that I really love about the second part of the book is that he never gave up.

He talks about the sense of urgency and having a studio in your home so that you can continually practice and get better at your craft. It's interesting because while I was reading that I was thinking about when I first started to getting into audio production music, my stint in radio. And I remember how afraid I was of speaking into the microphone.

Now I have to get myself to stop talking because this is the five minute book review. And I don't want it to turn into the 10 minute book review, but pretty soon. But my point being is that the more you do something, the easier it gets. And at some point as a creative, you can reach a place where you kind of get into a funk because it gets too easy.

And you want the challenge. He has this really amazing perspective about music and that the challenge makes it work. How can I craft my music so that it sounds originally like me, how do I vulnerably share my art and show up consistently so that it is in my voice. There's a part in the book that I love.

There's so many, it's only 140 pages. Go ahead and grab it. The link to this book will be down below. I love sharing the resources that I love. I also started doing some research on Russ and he's just a real guy. He can come off as very arrogant, but he's persistent, man. He, he can't go more than four days without creating a song.

Otherwise he'll feel really weird and left out. I listened to a podcast he did with Jay Shetty because I love the book so much. And he talks about challenging himself to create with different genres and beats that he doesn't like so that he can challenge himself as a musician because. He's gotten to this place of music creation, where he can literally create a beat himself, already see where the song is going.

He doesn't even have to think about it, but the challenge has gone away. Sometimes the challenge in our life goes away and we have to create more challenges for ourselves so that the work becomes innovative and fun. I want to say that if you're a creative and you've kind of gotten into a place of stuckness of wishing that you could go back to that beginning.

Creative constraints for yourself. Make yourself create music in less than 45 minutes. Lock yourself in your car. Like I am while I'm recording this and make yourself do it in five minutes, crank out what you can in the time that you have, because time is precious. We'll conclude with the last part of it, where he talks about gratitude, gratitude for time, we all have the same amount of time in a day, but what we do in.

Is what gets praised in public. One of my favorite quotes in the book, I'll say it again. What we do in private is what we get praised for in public, who you are at the core when no one is watching, when your music doesn't get released, that's who you are in public, because you've put in the reps, you've put in the reps as a music.

You show up every day, so vulnerable and open with your work. You do it. I realize now that I've been speaking for more than five minutes, we're probably going to have a seven or eight minute book review at this point, but I want to conclude with this, you have everything it takes. You just have to execute.

As Russ says, it's all in your head. It's a mindset stuff. It's a mindset. So I hope this five minute book review was helpful. Personally, for me, I love sharing information. It's one of my favorite things. I love that books are an interwoven exchange of ideas that you just get to talk about and share about.

So I hope this was helpful. , I would love your feedback. If you'd love to support the podcast, you don't need to do anything else, but to hit the subscribe button and to leave a rate and review, it can help promote the visibility of this podcast. If you'd like other people to hear about it, I really want to add more value.

So thank you so much for taking the time to listen to this. Your attendance. And your participation meant a lot to me. And I will see you next Tuesday for the next creative episode. Hope to tune in movies soon. My name's Helen and see you next episode.