Have I told you about Chuck?

He’s a fat woodchuck who lives under the shed in our backyard.

I love Chuck, but I don’t think he ever has any fun.

I’ve never been able to get a close look at him, because whenever he hears a sound or sees any movement, he bolts back under the shed. Granted, that’s probably how he’s been able to live so long, but still…it would stink to live like that.

Being afraid, day in and day out.

Never taking any chances.

Can you relate to that?

You have big dreams of churning out jaw-dropping mixes from your home studio, but they never sound nearly as good as you want them to? That leads you to be timid about sharing them with anyone, which makes you less likely to work on your next mix, because the last one didn’t turn out very well.

It’s a vicious cycle.

I get it. I go there all the time.

The key is to recognize that fear when it shows up. Then do something about it.

For me, that fear is completely irrational 9 times out of 10.

Taking chances is risky, but the payoff far outweighs the risks.

Every month I brace myself when I log into Dueling Mixes to hear Graham’s mix of that month’s song. My brain is racing with thoughts like:

“What if his mix is way better than mine?”

“What if his mix is so much better that the members vote to kick me out of Dueling Mixes?”

“What if my mix is so bad that it makes someone’s computer explode and puts them in the hospital and I get sued?”

But guess what actually happens?

I listen, and a lot of times I really like his mix. Many times I say to myself, “I think he beat you this month.”

But that’s okay.

Because I constantly learn something new, just like every Dueling Mixes member.

We’re pushing past the fear and getting our hands dirty. We’re mixing and sharing our mixes and risking embarrassment.

Because it’s WORTH IT.

To get better, you have to take a chance.

Why not take a chance on Dueling Mixes?

You can check out the brand new Sneak Peek video here:


Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner