Okay, this is a bit awkward, but I need to address it.

Yesterday I sent out an email with a typo in the subject line.

I didn’t catch it until the email had already gone out.

If taken the wrong way, the subject line could have been offensive and inappropriate.

That was NOT my intention. I literally just goofed up when typing in the subject line.

I’m sorry for not being more careful.

(And please don’t reply to this email asking me what it was. Let’s move on, shall we?)

Speaking of moving on, I think there’s a great lesson in this whole “Joe sent out a borderline inappropriate email subject line on accident” story.

The lesson?

You might think it would be something like “Be more careful.” or “Double-check your work.”

Those are good things and all, but I’ve got a better one.

See, I’ve done LOTS of embarrassing things over the years with regards to Home Studio Corner. Many people have a crippling fear of failure, so much so that they never really attempt anything.

But as my grandfather would say on the golf course, “I’ve never made a putt that I left short.”

In other words, you’ve gotta hit the ball hard enough to get it to the hole if you want any chance of sinking the putt. If you’re too timid, you’ll never get there.

That’s the way I started Home Studio Corner and have grown it into what it is today, a business that helps thousands of people and supports my family.

But I would have never gotten here if I had been too afraid to make a mistake in public.

I would still be that guy who would tell people at parties, “I have this great idea for a website that helps home studio owners make better recordings, but I just haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet.”

Pulling the trigger on things involves risk.

Taking on a client project in your home studio is risky. You could embarrass yourself.

Releasing that song you just recorded is scary. People could hate it.

Or in my case, posting thousands of articles, videos, emails, and podcasts for the world to see is ABSOLUTELY embarrassing at times. But I’d much rather take action and get things out there than spend all my time wringing my hands, worried that I’ll make a mistake.

Mistakes are going to happen. You’re going to royally mess up from time to time.

But if you always play it safe, you’ll miss out on something really great.

The pro’s of running Home Studio Corner and helping people like you far outweigh the cons of embarrassing myself in the occasional email (even in front of thousands of people).

The pro’s of making really great music in your home studio far outweigh the cons of potentially embarrassing yourself.

It’s worth it, I promise.

Go make a mistake.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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