You’ve heard the statistic before.

Babe Ruth, while a legendary baseball player, struck out a LOT. I forget the actual number, but it was something like he struck out twice as much as he got a hit.

[Update, according to my brother-in-law Joel, I am incorrect. To quote Joel,”Babe Ruth 2800-ish hits and 1300-ish strikeouts…still an unholy number of strikeouts.]

I’m familiar with striking out…for two reasons.

Reason #1 – I can’t hit a baseball.

When I was a kid, I was pretty good at baseball, but once I hit high school I just couldn’t manage to hit the ball anymore. I could run down a fly ball, and I could launch a cannon from right field to third base…but hitting wasn’t in the cards for me.

Reason #2 – I don’t always hit a homerun in the studio.

It’s true.

In fact, as I’m typing this I just finished working on a song for a couple of hours. It was one of those times where the idea for the song was pretty cool. We managed to come up with a cool arrangement and a good plan of attack.

But the execution just wasn’t there.

It was one of those songs that was either going to work wonderfully or was going to crash and burn. I’m thinking it’s going to be the latter.

Am I depressed? Feeling inadequate? Frustrated?

Not really. It was a bold move to try to do the song the way we did it. Once everything was recorded, it just didn’t sound the way we thought it would.

And that’s okay.

Here’s the lesson for you today:

Don’t be afraid to try something bold. Don’t be afraid of striking out entirely. You’ll learn something with every project you work on, even if that project fails miserably.

Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. I would have missed out on a TON of opportunities in my short little life if I had been too afraid to try something that might end in failure.

I’m glad I do it…every time.

Remember the old country song. “You got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.” Folding’s just a part of the game…

And by the way, one of the most common places I see people “striking out” is when it comes to mixing.

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