1. Wake up early and follow a schedule.
2. Write the schedule the night before.
3. Make it a daily habit to listen to music.
4. Take an interest in the music business.
5. Subscribe to Tips or Classical Musicians.
6. Attend as many concerts as you can.
7. Help your colleagues succeed. Give them your constructive criticism.
9. Learn the basics of conducting, theory and piano.
10. Have short and long term goals.
11. Develop your own projects and ask for help (kickstarter).
12. Use YouTube as a resource.
13. Subscribe to Naxos Music Library.
15. Force yourself to practice when you are supposed to—not when you feel like.
16. Your practice room is sacred; keep it clean and organized, you level up in there.
17. Grow as a person in order to grow as a musician.
18. Use imslp.org, it’s free!
19. If you can, buy scores. Then learn to study them.
20. Exchange music libraries with your friends. It’s a free resource.
21. Hunt for cheap CDs on EBay or other online auctions.
22. Learn the history of your pieces.
23. Look for style in composers.
24. Your case should have inspiring material: pictures of famous artists, family, yourself.
25. Sight read pieces or etudes in hard keys.
26. Look for harmonic structures in single line melodies.
27. When playing chamber music, listen to your colleagues.
28. Practice with metronome.
29. After long sessions go for a walk.
30. Only after an extended period of thinking—buy expensive gear.
31. Before taking a loan, try to make it happen with your own resources.
32. Become an entrepreneur.
33. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. –Steven Pressfield
34. Warm-up before concerts.
35. Have an immediate plan should something goes wrong.
36. Balance your life between work, leisure and family.
37. Delay gratification!
38. Live a simple life. Focus on enjoying what you can do with music, not on your possessions.
39. Treat yourself like a precious object, it will make you strong. –Julia Cameron
40. Be patient. To get where you want to be, it will take long hours of work. Stay persistent.
41. Record lessons and master-classes.
42. Learn to appreciate other arts: paintings, ballet, etc.
43. Try to say something with your instrument, not just play notes.
44. Make it a mission to experience a live concert by the Berlin Philharmonic.
45. Join a dedicated community of musicians online.
46. Respect your colleagues.
47. Save money for a Carnegie Hall concert.
48. Convince 5 friends to invest in a subscription for the Digital Concert Hall.
49. If you don’t appreciate opera, then appreciate opera.
50. Become a specialist and know all about a specific composer.