I can’t tell you how many times the pros have given me the vague advice of “keep grinding.” Left in confusion, I never could take away from their advice because I didn’t know what grinding involved. I will show you how to grind.
1. Let’s define grind
To grind is a (verb) and it means to reduce (something) to small particles or powder by crushing it.
Simply, break down the big process into manageable pieces and tackle them one by one. Once you understand the pieces of the bigger picture, you can better tackle the activity of grinding.
For example, think of a slab of concrete and a pick. You slam the pick over and over again until you puncture the slab of concrete.
2. Continue Working
Once you break down the bigger process into smaller chunks, you can simply take action on each piece and continue to attack that activity. Continue to repeat each chunk until you infuse each chunk into your work habit. Slowly, your work habit will include the whole picture and not just one small chunk.
For example, when learning mixing, we break it down into chunks for your to understand. You start with EQ’ing and keep working on EQ until it’s a habitual activity. Then, when you’re learning compression, you can incorporate the EQ techniques until you understand compression fully. Now, you can use EQ and compression. This creates a snowball effect which will get you to understanding mixing a lot faster. In the end, you will use all the activity chunks in your daily habit.
3. Put others first
One quick tip is to stop self promoting. When you’re talking to people you don’t know, don’t plug your work if they don’t ask. There is no point. The chances are low that people will want to know about your work unless you plan on displaying your work to hopefully work together.
When you ask what the person needs in particular and see how you can help, the situation becomes a lot more acceptable. Don’t plug your stuff unless they ask. Ask others what they need FIRST
4. Understand the process of progress
The path of progress is not a linear progression. Proper progression works like this it rises, it peaks, it plateaus, and later peaks again when you embed new skills.
Some may give up when they think they are not progressing. The plateau is the period in which you embed your skills into your habit so you no longer have to think about the activity to do it.
For example, when you learn guitar, you start by randomly picking the guitar. Two days later, you have muscle memory of how to pick the guitar so you pick more smoothly than before. Then, you learn chords. Two days later, those chords become easier and easier. It’s the process of progress. Just because you don’t know how to play hit songs on guitar doesn’t mean you aren’t making proper progress.