Lennon Cihak

Don’t exaggerate your skills and knowledge

Far too often I run into people that assert themselves and exaggerate their skillset, only to find out they were wrong. What does this do to one’s career? It’s not good. I’ll tell you that for free. 

First and foremost, knowledge is power. We should absolutely listen and pay keen attention to people who are knowledgeable and noteworthy within the world and our respective industries. These people are few and far between, but they’re there if you dig deep for them.

The aforementioned knowledgeable people have been active for years, upping their experience and knowledge exponentially. They’ve allowed themselves to garner skills and information that some of us yearn to have. When they share this information, we need to be paying attention.

This can greatly inhibit your career as an industry professional. Being known to spread misinformation is unhealthy, and will ruin your career; nobody will view you as credible, and it will take years to build that credibility back up.

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” -Wernher von Braun

My point? Don’t assume you know something. To put things into perspective: If you’re about to be hit with a natural disaster (a hurricane, for example), and news stations are announcing that you should evacuate, then it’s a good idea to evacuate. Don’t be the stubborn person who assumes and accepts that the storm “won’t be that bad.” You’re stuck, and everyone else has left. It’s the same thing with being informed and listening. You refuse to be informed when everybody else has listened, learned, and executed.

What’s worse is when people assume and accept and then spread that “knowledge” to others who will in turn absorb and regurgitate it. Not only is it wrong but it’s also dangerous, especially for someone’s career. Imagine learning something new, only to find out years down the line–after practicing and preaching it–that it’s incorrect. You may have to backtrack and re-learn something that has been engraved into your brain, methodologies, and projects.

While this post can be taken from a political perspective, it’s intended towards misinformation in the music industry, especially those that refuse to further their education on a given topic. I’ve seen it happen where up-and-coming producers and DJs are misinformed on a subject or topic and haven’t realized it; therefore, rendering their career to an immediate halt.

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