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What Rules To Play In 2017?

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How successful would you be if there weren't any rules holding you back?
We like to blame the rules for holding us back, when in reality the only thing holding us back is . . . us.
Perhaps we'd be better off if we simply had a better understanding of the rules and how to use their loopholes to our advantage. Thinking we have to blindly follow rules leads to tunnel vision, when in reality there are other options outside the proverbial tunnel.
I believe that our best ideas will always come from outside our industry. That's why I study the world’s top performers in other industries. American touring and session drummer Dusty Saxton is one of those individuals. He is currently on tour with Granger Smith, and while Saxton may be the author of The Rockstar Rulebook, he’s certainly not one to allow "the rules" to hold him back.
I know because Saxton told me all about it, in a personal interview.
Make no mistake about it, what he had to say was relevant, because musicians are entrepreneurs, and drummers in particular are akin to freelancers. In short, the parallels between the music industry and entrepreneurship are tremendous.
In 2004, as a drummer in a band in the Waco, Texas, area during his senior year in high school, Saxton recognized the need for a concert venue in his community and decided he was the person to start one.
Obtaining the permits, zoning and licensing needed to open a dance hall proved to be complex and expensive. That didn’t deter Saxton. Knowing that a loophole in the Waco city law allowed music stores to host live music events, he instead sought to open a retail music shop. As a result, he and his friends opened Hero Records, an independent music store.
The rent was $600. a month. Saxton and his classmates, who doubled as his business partners, decided that since Saxton was the only one at least 17 years old, he should be the person to sign the building lease. Saxton explained that, “Our logic was that if anything went wrong, the contract would be void because it was signed by a minor.”
With the minor problem (pun intended) of a physical location overcome, inventory was the next challenge. Unable to prepay the $2,500 in inventory needed, Saxton was able to find and persuade a CD wholesaler to provide him with inventory on credit. He then sent the wholesaler ten $250 checks.

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