Success, Drip By D.R.I.P.


Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more.  He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.


Hey, ya’ll! At the bottom of today’s post, I’m going to let you know about some free stuff I’m giving away to all of you great Man vs. Row subscribers. Now, on to today’s post…

Success is not an overnight explosion- regardless of how an “overnight success” might be viewed by others.  No, success is usually more like water wearing away a stone, drip by drip.  It’s little things making a big difference over time.

So let’s look at the DRIP method of success:

D – Discipline

It’s doing the difficult things, things which require discipline in the first place. It’s getting up early to write.  Or skipping your XBOX time to work on some new chord progressions.  It’s making that uncertain phonecall.

R – Repetition

It’s the repetition of doing the right things consistently- not just once or sporadically.  It’s doing the right things over and over again, day after day, month after month, and year after year.

I – Integrity

Being dishonest or dishonorable might win in the short term (sometimes).  But the music business is a relationship business, and word will get around.  If you don’t have integrity- if people don’t feel they can trust you, you will become isolated, and you won’t have those important strong relationships.

P – Purpose

Purpose is two-fold.  First, you need to know why you’re running this marathon.  If you don’t have a strong sense of purpose, it’s very easy to quit.  Secondly, you must act with purpose.  Keeping your purpose (goals, etc.) in mind helps you figure out what the important tasks are- the tasks which require disciple, repetition, and integrity.

God Bless,



I’m excited to be speaking on song idea discovery and development at the 2014 Songwriting And Music Business Conference in Nashville, TN! Click the image below to find out more. I’d love to see you there!

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As a way to say “thank you” to all of you who subscribe to Man vs. Row by email, I’m going to give away some cool stuff in July (2014). If you subscribe to MvR, I’ll send you a free report, “10 Things The Pro Knows.” I’ll also send you the guitar/vocal of “Crickets,” which is the title track of Joe Nichols’ current album. You’ll get to hear the song as Joe heard it when he decided to record it. You’ll also receive the lyric file of the song- and this lyric file includes “Baxter’s Boneyard” – all the lines that DIDN’T make it into the song (see if you agree with our choices). It’s something nobody else has seen, and I think it’s pretty cool. But, again, this gift is only for those who subscribe to Man vs. Row by E-MAIL. These gifts will be sent by email, so if I don’t have your email address, I can’t send it to you. God Bless!


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