I’ll add only that success in music and success in the music business are not one and the same. The music business, is, like most businesses, highly competitive. One has to compete for production money, for public recognition and for sales. Successful recording artists work hard and put in long hours, many of which are not spent performing, but are necessary to promote their music.It's only a competition if you want it to be. No, it's not.
Success at playing music, can happen in one’s own living room and, while it can be challenging to master an instrument and to learn new material, it is a different sort of challenge from those imposed by the business side of music.
At one time, playing was a major part of my employment, and I realized that I didn’t particularly enjoy that line of work. At the worst of it, I didn’t even listen to music anymore. These days, I play as an antidote to the stress of my career. I can spend hours dealing with tough problems at work, and melt away the accumulated stress by burying my mind in learning a new song. I still like to perform, publicly, on occasion, but I’d never want to go back to playing gigs as a way to make a living.
So, as regards the business of music, I experience virtually no success, but as regards music itself, I’m quite satisfied with my success, and there’s no competition involved.