It’s All In Your Head by Russ [Book Summary]

From a very tender age, Russ was sure that he would become a famous musician. But, the majority of the people that surround him didn’t believe that he would even make it at all. Before he started producing hits in 2015, he’d already been in the musical industry for 6 years working there and produces 80 songs. At that time, he was fortunate if he made 200 USD monthly and had to depend on his parents for support. 

What made Russ different from every other guy producing music in his basement has been that he continued going. He possessed a deep internal determination and self-confidence, which sustained him with the leanest period. He continued making fresh songs, advancing his abilities, and pursuing business in music with exciting intensity. His determination was worth it eventually, and presently he is an extremely successful musician. He’s made millions of dollars for the music he makes, which have been seen on YouTube with 100s of millions of views.  

This book chapter shows the tactics Russ created to become resilient during times of failure and reveals how he chased his dreams –regardless of what difficulties he faced along the line.

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Chapter 1 – Possessing unshakeable self-confidence was significant to Russ being able to accomplish his goals.

Russ didn’t have any proof to show that he would be successful; still, he had unshakeable confidence in himself. This confidence was what made him scale through during difficult times when he was working diligently on his music in his parents’ basement, and nobody else looked to like his music.

Russ knew the influence of a positive mantra. In 2011 when he just 19years, he as well as his best friend named Bugus visited Los Angeles. They had constantly imagined that a day would come where one of their music videos would show on MTV. Therefore, while they were driving around, they continued repeating the mantra: “We’re going to appear on MTV.” 

Definitely, they also needed to work on accomplishing the dream. They prepared an effective movement “harassing” an MTV directorial via Twitter and pleaded with him to just observe their music. Ultimately, he accepted. He eventually loved them a lot and he put them on MTV! Bugus and Russ had to strive to acquire what they needed; however, everything began with them having a direct vision and trusting that they could accomplish it.

As this illustration indicates, it’s essential to share your goals all around the places – and to exploit the power of digital platforms.

On Twitter Russ frequently broadcast his dreams there as if they were real. One time, he wrote a Tweet that he was producing a “million USD a beat,” although he was essentially penniless and barely getting anything at that stage. He didn’t mention: “One day I’ll make a huge amount of money.” He asserted that he was making what he wished to be earning because in his mind it was a sealed deal; he was only waiting for reality to catch up.

If you, just like Russ, have a wild dream that you wish to chase, then follow his step – an imagination of the truth you want to live in. 

Let’s assume you want to purchase a new house. Attempt to visualize how you’ll feel walking through the front door with the keys right in your hand. Visualize the crystal blue of your pool and how it will feel to absorb the sun from the luxury of your new sun lounger. Even if you don’t have money and don’t know how to pay your rent –do not mind a house – you can still dream. And ensure to tell about them to the world in order for other people to understand what you’re targeting. Passion has not been a thing to be embarrassed about!

Chapter 2 – Do not consider the outside scales of achievement. Russ’s journey reveals that it’s significant to concentrate on doing something you love.

Russ played a show in Florida’s Tampa, in the year 2015. There were just forty individuals settled, and he needed to stay at a ragged hotel by himself since he didn’t have money to bring anybody along to cheer him.

This may look like a really discouraging time for an individual who sees oneself as a star; but, Russ did not feel it in that manner. Instead, he was excited only to be doing the things he loved: playing music. He wasn’t bothered if there were forty or four thousand people in the audience. Russ gave it his all. According to him, the experience really motivating that it even inspired him to pen a further song.

Every one of us can get a clue from Russ on how to chase what we love doing. A lot of us have never actually really thought about what our real passions might be. We are very used to thinking regarding restrictions and being anxious about the things that may possibly go wrong. People are not living in a society where wild dreams are supported. Oftentimes, our wishes are rejected by “realistic” family and friends declaring objections. For you to run after the things we love, we’ll have to shut down those critiques and displace those with sassy self-confidence.

If we try to take the plunge, then we’ll get the huge satisfaction of doing what we love. Similar to Russ, we’ll be playing the game rather than only viewing from the sidelines and contemplating the things we could do. 

Russ needed to hold back for 6 annum to attain the credit in music he wanted. At that point, he continued producing music and releasing singles. Now we understand that success was awaiting him just around the corner. What if it hadn’t been? Russ would still be committing himself to his skill – although that entailed singing to a half-empty room of a bar in Florida.

Chapter 3 – Getting support from the people around him assisted Russ to endure the hard period.

As we’ve understood, firm self-belief is the way to accomplishing your visions. But, we need to also endeavor to encircle ourselves all with the individuals that support and motivate us, rather than those who ridicule us.

Russ’s passion for music was usually motivated by his family. They gave the basis for his gifts to thrive. His parents made music around their house all the time, and his father would frequently sing in the car, gently hitting the steering wheel similar to a fictional drum set. 

At the time Russ had still been a child, he went to his grandfather named Pop-Pop in Florida, he told Russ the way to initial chords on the guitar. Afterward, Pop-Pop purchased Russ his personal guitar when he was 14 years, hence motivating him to begin his music career.

When Russ had an unusual instant of self-doubt, his brother was the person who advised him to stop feeling like that. Russ had begun producing music; however, he wished to rap himself. But, he believed his voice wasn’t that good and that he’d sound silly. His brother advised him to try it out

Russ did just that and began recording his first rap songs. Initially, they did sound very terrible; however, Russ had the confidence at least to put effort. He got better gradually.

We can’t decide our parents and siblings; Russ was fortunate to own a supportive family. But, we can pick our peers. Russ ensured that he surrounds himself with people who pushed him forward, rather than refraining him. 

Bugus, who is Russ’s best friend, has been one of his biggest supporters and motivations. When Russ initially began producing beats in high school, Bugus help him and attempted his own hand at making music. Russ was really motivated by Bugus’s autonomy in doing his own rapping, that he ultimately began rapping himself.

Bugus and Russ were reliable collaborators who never stopped inspiring one other to attain greater heights.  

Check the people that surround you. Do they sincerely support your ambitions? Or do they attempt to restrict you? Working toward achieving your ambitions is a long-haul journey. The journey will be very sweeter if you possess some motivating travel buddies.

Chapter 4 – Russ incorporated positive thinking with hard work to realize his musical goals.

If you see expert basketball players jamming around the court or double-bogey very simply, you’ll see that they’re really confident that they closely have it seem simple. 

But, this seeming ease contradicts effort for hours – hours of early effort earlier in the day, times of hardship as throws do not hit the basket. Although self-belief is the seed we have to plant our dreams, hard work is just that thing that will enable them to grow. 

Nobody understands this better than Russ. From 2011 to 2016, he composed more than eighty pieces on 11 albums! In this whole duration, he obtained really small recognition; however, he proceeded to work. Although he realized some failures, he proceeded to advance his work and, eventually, he became greater.

Also, both Bugus and Russ made it their aim to learn the corporate aspect of the music industry. They studied the discographies of successful rappers. They studied the way famous musicians produced their pieces and the way their careers were handled. They searched for hints that could show what made fans go wild for specific music, and not others.

Russ studied the bestseller records and found out that the most famous music is regularly the initial song on the collection. He chose that he needed to have the majority of this fact by producing “one-song albums” and moved to register 6 months’ worth of music. Afterward, he began releasing one music with the online music platform called TuneCore each week. The method was effective. In June of 2015, Russ made only 620 USD on the platform. But, in the next year, that amount had increased to 102000 USD. 

Presently, seeing Russ perform with a confident swagger to stadiums of fans, you might reason that everything came easy. However, similar to the basketballer dedicating days of effort to master a dunk shot, Russ worked really hard at mastering his skill. He supported his dreams for hours of hard struggle and methodological research. 

Chapter 5 – Russ’s strategy for achievement was being self-sufficient and getting new skills.

Assume you are a teenager musician beginning with the music sector. You’ve been working diligently at your skill, and then you get a breakthrough song. All of a sudden, there’s an entirely new world to navigate – one of publicity and royalties and contracts. You are totally overwhelmed. 

In this type of circumstance, you might be really tempted to admit a suggestion from a supervisor or music corporation to manage your finances and business discussions. Although, this might lessen the pressure and doubt; it can as well deny you of something significant: charge over your own profession. 

Around 2014, Russ rejected two proposals from record companies, although he was just making $200 every month and badly required the money. He understood that if he managed himself, he would have a lot of self-sufficiency. This tactic has signified that Russ has been a successful artist who still possesses the rights to the majority of his music. If he’d been less certain of himself and signed a deal to a label before when he didn’t have much bargaining power, he might have gotten a very small, pleasing contract.

Russ’s persistence of autonomy isn’t restricted to the business aspect of things. Since he began producing music at the age of 14, he was committed to being able to make and record it by himself. He made a temporary recording studio inside the basement of his parents to avoid the financial strain of having to rent one. Also, this signified that he didn’t have to stick to anyone’s hours except his own; he could make songs anytime.

Practicing how to record and mix his own song provided Russ with lots of creative autonomy. In 2010, both Bugus and Ross used their savings to employ MixedByAli a professional, to mix the songs on Bugus’s initial album (the one Russ was working on). Though he was really gifted, MixedByAli couldn’t get the desired sound. Russ chose to teach himself how to do the mixing. It took a little time to understand the technology; however, as soon as he did, he was able to blend music precisely the manner he’d thought of them.

Russ’s career displays how much can be acquired by learning the understanding and skills you require yourself, instead of handing the job to professionals. Nowadays, all the teachers you require can be seen online – frequently for free. The only thing you require is a lot of determination and the readiness to learn on your feet.

Chapter 6 – Having a breakdown assisted Russ to concentrate on what was actually important.

Though Russ had been preparing for success his entire life, that had been a vast amendment to become well-known. At a time, he was accountable to only himself, he was now strongly in the eyes of other people.

His insensitivity to digital media and ardent self-confidence annoyed some people the wrong way and brought about controversy. For instance, in 2017 when Russ shared his vision for the following year’s Grammys, tweeting that he might get ten. However, he didn’t get any Grammys in 2018, this tweet turned out to be a thing of mockery.

It is painful to have his dreams ridiculed. Worse, he saw lies being disseminated about him online. Russ was stressed when he tried in vain to combat his digital critique.

He understood that he was losing concentration on what he truly loved best: producing music. For him to reset, he took a leave from digital media, stopped going on tours, and declined every interview request. Rather, he relaxed and spent time with peers and family who adored and backed him up. 

By getting a break from other people’s opinions, Russ was able to reconnect with himself and his exceptional self-confidence. He understood that being susceptible and disclosing his soul wasn’t a bad thing and that if he owned his obvious weaknesses they could turn into power. Also, he understood that he owned no power over the things other individuals spread about him. What was more important was what he was saying about himself – and that was something he had power over.

When people were mocking him about his Grammy tweet, Russ had been really embarrassed that he needed to delete the tweet. However, after he reconnected with his confidence, he allowed everyone to understand that he stood with that tweet. What if people mocked him? What was more significant was that he trusted in himself, that he had the courage of his beliefs. 

Taking a leave from the others’ opinions instantly was worth it in musical dividends. Day two of his pause, he was already producing new songs. The energy he had used writing annoyed Facebook posts was put to better use writing musical inscriptions.

Russ understood that although having a breakdown felt terrible, it had also been a beneficial experience as well. It provided him the chance to reaffirm the things he trusted and get back up with renewed concentration and passion.

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The story of Russ indicates that there are usually steps you can take to chase your dreams, even with really limited resources. By working tirelessly and learning the tools he would require to succeed, Russ was able to form a growing music career on his own terms, free from the meddling of record labels and managers. The strategy for his success was his positive state of mind and a certain belief in his own skills. 

Take creative risks, and don’t be scared to attempt new things. It is not a shameful thing to being a beginner. As a matter of fact, it can bring about creative innovations. For instance, when one of Russ’s fans offered him a ukulele, he did two new songs including the instrument – although he’d never played it before. This enabled him to find a totally new sound. Think of how you can stir your own creative practice by attempting new things. You might discover an unanticipated creative way to explore. At the very least, you’ll have an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and have fun.

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