Mar 2 2009
Musicians want to play sold-out arenas… but none of the record labels are interested.
Americans want to write books… but publishing companies probably wouldn’t accept their work.
Actors want to star in Hollywood films… but they can’t catch a break from the studios.
College graduates want to start their own companies… but they can’t get enough capital from investors.
Do you see the problem? All of these people are making excuses because they think they need permission from somebody to accomplish their goals. It’s nonsense. The internet has cut out the middleman in so many industries that anyone who works hard and puts out good content now has a legitimate shot.
You don’t need record labels. You don’t need publishers. You don’t need studios. You don’t need $100,000.
You don’t need permission.
You can give your music to the world, for free. You can publish your book, for free. You can prove your talent on Youtube, for free. And you can test to see if your business model will work, for free or at a negligible cost (certainly less than $100k).
The truth of the matter is: most people want to have the middleman. They want to be dubbed a genius by someone official, then lavishly rewarded. But that is a fantasy. The people who actually live to see that moment worked their ass off to get there. And most people are lazy, so only a few will ever experience any glory.
The internet is not only more powerful than all of the antiquated middlemen, it’s also more fair. You no longer need to rely on knowing the right people or sliming your way to the top. You can just fundamentally outwork everyone, constantly improve your content, and win.
Take advantage of that knowledge before more people start to figure this stuff out.