Smarts, Courage, and Passion Equals Recipe for Ongoing Success, Cool Silly on its way

by Tony Chung on March 17, 2010

Taking action is so awesome.

Our mini-album release performance in February 2010.

In my last two posts, I wrote about taking the driver’s seat and grasping control of my career and artistic direction. It is has been an amazing ride in the recent four to six months for my bandmates and me (and it’s just starting ;)).

In my last post on November 25, 2009, I wrote the following goals for our band:

  1. Break the 1,000 fans mark on our Facebook page.
  2. Hit the radio airwaves.
  3. Release our own album next year.

Well, guess what?  No. 2 and no.3 are done.  We released our first mini-album on February 10, 2010 and as a result, we’ve been featured on two major radio interview shows. Check and check.  Goal no. 1 is in the process of being completed (I forecast completion in two days max); at the time of this writing, we are looking at 947 fans (and that number shot up from 774 fans within 48 hours due to a TV show appearance we did two days ago).

On national TV earlier this month.

The fact that I am mentioning all these figures and accolades are not for showing off or asking you to bow down to us. :p  Not at all!  I just feel compelled to write this post today simply to tell you that if you: 1. make goals and commit to them, 2. take action on your passionate ideas, and 3. stay consistently fervent on achieving what you set out to achieve, … you’re going to see some pretty phenomenal results.  I kid you not.

Since October of last year, our band has achieved many of the landmarks that a ‘signed-and-backed-by-a-huge-label-band’ achieves with only the smarts, courage, and passion of a few stubbornly hopeful individuals.

Some crowning achievements:

  1. Getting radio airplay
  2. Going on a major TV show
  3. Winning a nationwide songwriting contest
  4. Releasing an album
  5. Getting accepted to perform at the Woodstock 2010 of Taiwan (Spring Scream)

What’s even more inspiring is that we’re actually making profit from our ventures because we are literally our own bosses (i.e. no big brother entertainment agency snatching a huge chunk of our income).  One thing that I’ve learned more than anything is the importance of a strong movement.  And by that I mean the friends and family that help build the fundamental roots to uplift a product (in this case, our band Cool Silly).  We have such amazing support from our close friends and it is truly indescribably touching just knowing that they are there for us. So, special thanks to all of you guys and gals!!!

And as usual, some upcoming goals for the band to be completed within the next 6 months:

  1. Sell 500 mini-albums (on our way)
  2. Shoot a music video
  3. Surpass the 2,000 fans mark on our Facebook page 😉
  4. Perform in China (in the works)

If you’ve read this far in to the entry, 😀 I read somewhere once that goals are dreams with deadlines and that a goal without a deadline is just a wish. Bottom line: Take action on your passionate ideas!   Set goals with deadlines and stay committed!  If you come up with cool ideas and halfass execute them, you are simply wasting your time.  Go full throttle!!!  You will be on your way to awesomeness in no time!  I leave you with a nice quote:

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.

Now GO! 😀

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

kirah March 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm

saw the performance on that show and you guys sounded great! hope to hear more in the future!

Tony April 8, 2010 at 12:43 am

Thanks for checking out our video kirah! :)

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