After almost a decade, I just re-read Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Right off the bat, it has me super jazzed about a lot of things. One thing in particular is this idea of interdependence.

When I released my first full-length album, I did almost everything myself. I was very proud of that fact. I recorded all the guitars, keyboards, and vocal parts. I programmed the drums. I mixed it. Only a handful of people helped me.

I felt very impressive and very independent. Independence is a good thing. We all want to come out from under the shadows of dependence (needing other people’s help to do everything in the studio) to independence (where we can do most things for ourselves now).

The problem is that most of us are striving ONLY for independence.

But there’s more out there.

Perhaps we start off as a musician who simply wants to learn how to record and mix his band’s music. We then begin a long journey of learning how to properly record and mix audio. Perhaps that’s where you are now. But there’s a goal far greater than simply becoming independent. That’s only have the battle.

The goal is to reach interdependence.

For me, I reached the state of interdependence on my second full-length album, where I collaborated with many more musicians and only focused on the elements of the process that I was best suited for.

That meant investing time and money into other people, but it paid off handsomely. That album is far superior to the first one, and I believe a big part of that is due to interdependence.

Something to think about.

It can make a big impact on you and your music.

One way to embrace interdependence is to realize that other people can teach you things. You simply can’t learn everything on your own.

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Joe Gilder
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