Hearing one’s own music in concert is an incomparably powerful experience, simply because it’s the fulfilment of usually years of drafting, writing, developing, crafting, honing and revising ideas.
Don’t just do music!
Have other serious interests – take risks – don’t follow the path you think you should but the one you want (it’s the one you’ll take more seriously) – be able to talk to all sorts of people – listen and learn.
Be curious and open-minded; take risks; pursue unusual avenues; be disciplined (it’s not always fun, but it pays off!) and dedicated