Songwriter, Do You Fear Success?

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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.

What is it that’s keeping you from writing that “sure-fire” hit idea that’s been sitting in your notebook? What’s been keeping you from asking for that (potentially) life-changing cowrite even though you think they’ll say “yes?” What’s keeping you from walking through that open door to play your best song for an artist or publisher?

Is it fear of failure?


It might be that you fear the artist or publisher saying your best song doesn’t knock them out. Maybe you fear “ruining” your hit idea because you write it wrong. Maybe you fear sitting down with a big-time writer and being exposed as a fraud. You might fear what will happen if your dream gets crushed.  Or…

…maybe you fear what will happen if your dream comes true.

Maybe somewhere deep down you fear that your hit idea REALLY IS A HIT.

A hit means you finally have to decide if you want to quit your “safe” job and try to repeat your success. What if your cowrite with the big writer goes really well, and he wants to write again or even recommend you to his big-name writer buddies?

That can feel like a lot of pressure to write at a high level again and again, on demand.

Fear of success can be just as paralyzing as fear of failure.

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Now, I’m no shrink, so I’m not going to try and walk you through how to defeat fear of success. But I do know there’s value in identifying where your fear is coming from- so you can call it by name as you battle it.

What about you?  Have you had to battle fear of success?  Leave a comment below- I’d love to hear from you!

God Bless,




MvR presents your opportunity to visit with new Curb Records artist, Ruthie Collins, as she prepares to release her first single to country radio.  Ruthie and hit songwriter, Brent Baxter, will give you an insider’s look at the reality of songwriting and record-making on Music Row.  But they won’t be the only ones talking- you’re invited to join in the conversation, too!  There are only EIGHT tickets available for this intimate get-together.  Click on the image below to find out more!

Know The Row w: Ruthie


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2 thoughts on “Songwriter, Do You Fear Success?”

  1. I would like to subscribe. I believe I am an undiscovered hit songwriter for Country Christian an Americana. I am also a performer artist with recording experience and have had an Indie record deal that was very disappointing. I was cheated and lied to. I am looking for someone I can trust to work with. I also lived the last 10 years in Nashville. Are you willing to see if we can work together? God bless you one way or song’s another. Thanks. Patch aOverton is on reverbnation. Take a listen to my song I’d Like To Thank Jack Daniel’s and Blue Collar. Again… God bless you with more hit songs! 🙂

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