I had a STRIKING realization not too long ago.

If you follow music at all, you likely know there are a lot of polarized emotions regarding streaming services and songwriter royalties. Personally, I fall somewhere in the middle. I love the option of streaming, but I also think songwriters are grossly underpaid and undervalued.

Disclosure: I’ve been a professional songwriter here in Nashville for 20 years.

Interestingly, I have heard some form of the phrase, “Songwriters don’t get paid,” consistently since I moved to Nashville. I probably hear something to that effect at LEAST every week whether it’s a joke or a complaint, if not more.

And now I want you to think about that:  I have been told that I don’t get paid and my work is not valued every week for 20 years.

TWENTY YEARS!!!!

(Could it BE more engrained.)

Now, follow along.

I have been coaching entrepreneurs now for 6 years.

I can go on and on about the successes my clients have had in that time. They are world-changers!

One of the values I provide for my clients is theme songs. I started writing theme songs for my people because I wanted them to have something to empower them even after our work was complete.

Are you still with me?

So, if you do the math, I give value to my clients, I write songs, AND I get paid.

Which equals = I AM A SONGWRITER WHO GETS PAID AND WHOSE WORK IS VALUED.

THE BIGGEST LIE

The biggest lie I ever believed about money is that I don’t get paid and my work is not valuable.

But the EVIDENCE does not support that.

And, frankly, I’m tired of believing it. I happen to be songwriter who provides incredible value for my clients…AND I GET PAID!

Now You

How many times have you believed that your work is not valued?

How many times have you felt resentment come up around money?

And what’s the biggest lie you’re telling yourself about it?

I used to believe the story everyone else told me because I never questioned it. It actually never occurred to me to question it.

However, when I really started thinking about it, I realized it was a just a story I kept believing—a story that doesn’t serve me.

I’m inviting you to set aside some time and examine your relationship to money and value. Most importantly, I want you to question everything.

Are you really stuck in that job?

Are you seriously unable to get clients?

Really, you have nothing to offer?

You don’t deserve it?

What’s your story? (…and more importantly, does the story serve you?)

Y’all, it’s time to bust it up and break it down.

What’s the biggest lie you tell yourself about money?

Comment below and let me know…or better yet, come on over to the Unhooked Life Facebook group and join the community discussion.

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