If you’re like me, you tend to believe that highly famous and successful people are in a completely different league than you. There’s no way you could have anything in common with them.

But how often do you hear stories from people who get to meet a famous person, and they say things like, “Wow, he was such a normal, down-to-earth guy!”

They say that as if it’s some huge surprise, as if the famous person was somehow genetically different from us mere mortals.

I get to experience a little bit of that this week.

We’re holding our annual Christmas concert at my church. I’m playing electric guitar and singing a little bit. The first half of the concert will be just the church band, but the famous Christian artist Brandon Heath will be joining us for the second half of the concert.

If you’ve never heard of Brandon, he’s pretty huge in Christian music circles. His songs are all over the radio. He lives here in Nashville, and is a member at our church.

I’ve played with Brandon a handful of other times, and you know what I discovered?

He’s just a cool dude. Yes, I can’t listen to Christian radio for longer than 30 minutes without hearing one of his songs, but he’s still just a normal guy.

One thing I do notice about him, and a few other fairly famous people I’ve met, is that they all seem to have this sense of confidence in themselves. Not cockyness, not arrogance, but just a subtle confidence that underlies everything they do.

The way they walk. The way they perform. Their conversations.

There’s this air of confidence about them.

Now, the million dollar question is this — Did that confidence come from all the success the person has had? Or was it that confidence that led to the person’s success?

Of course, we can never know for sure, but I tend to lean towards the 2nd one.

“Fake it till you make it,” they say.

I think there’s a whole boatload of truth to that statement.

Let’s say you want to start working with bands, taking them on as clients. Do you think a band will work with you if you seem completely unsure of yourself? Do you think you would do a good job if you weren’t really confident that you could?

Heck no.

Yes, you need some wins to build up your confidence in yourself, but confidence doesn’t mean you completely have your act together. It just means you approach the project with an attitude of “I’m gonna make this rock” as opposed to “Boy, I hope I don’t mess this up.”

Now, blind confidence won’t get you anywhere. You need to be constantly increasing your knowledge and skills if you want to increase your confidence.

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See ya!

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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