Next time someone undermines your abilities simply for pursuing a music major, you’ll want that person to read this.

Turns out that, according to an article written by Panos Panay in Fast Company, the skills for being a musician directly translate to being a successful entrepreneur.

“Learning how to play a musical instrument and becoming a musician is an exercise in developing good listening skills, experimenting, overcoming repeated failure, self-discipline, and successful collaboration,” he wrote. “It is simply impossible to become a successful music professional unless one also masters certain theoretical concepts, develops good presentation and improvisational skills and, ultimately, attains that elusive quality of originality that only comes once fear of failure is overtaken by the desire to acquire a new insight, a fresh perspective, and a unique voice.”

Panay, founding managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, as well as founder of Sonicbids (the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online), gives examples of when being a musician serves you well in the world of business, such as being on the road, improvising and mixing it up.

Read the full article here.