FOLLOWING YOUR STRENGTHS TO CREATE YOUR OWN NARRATIVE with Keith Bjorklund

by Clair Condit and Allie Tyler | The Musician on Purpose Podcast

This week on The Musician on Purpose Podcast…

 

Have you ever looked at your career and thought, “is this what I actually wanted?” With the opinions of mentors and agendas of music education, we know firsthand that sometimes it can feel like someone else is writing the story of our career.

This week’s guest is Keith Bjorklund – oboist, music instructor, and entrepreneur. Keith brings a fresh perspective on what it means to create your own narrative as a professional musician. A husband and father of two boys, he is making waves as a radically honest mentor to his students, sharing what its truly like to face the obstacles that all adults must face while creating an artistic and purposeful life.

Keith shares his experiences of dealing with depression, anxiety, and hardships in graduate school while maintaining a career as an oboe teacher and reed maker. He puts a new spin on the idea of following your strengths (rather than your skills) and how to use those strengths to create your own narrative.

If you have ever experienced hardships and confusion, particularly during your music education and thereafter, this episode is for you! Keith’s vulnerability and willingness to open up about both the inner and exterior obstacles as an adult musician is what makes this conversation truly one of a kind.

Episode takeaways:
 

  • The school world versus the “real” world
  • The difference between skills and strengths as an artist
  • Why following your strengths will lead you to your purpose
  • What does higher level education actually prepare you for?
  • The dangers of trying to “fit in” when your gut tells you otherwise
  • Facing limiting beliefs about business and “normal” jobs as musicians
  • The true essence of “belonging” and how to create your own story

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