Keep your eyes on the prize—and on the competition.
Mick Jagger once said that having money is a full-time job. To which I'd add: it's funny how much you can enjoy life when money's not an issue. In the early days of 38, we'd play five sets a night, every single night. That's the way you get really good.
Most rock bands have a similar story in their history, a time when they honed their skills to a razor's edge out on the road. When you're playing that many shows and getting that close to your bandmates, it's literally like a marriage with five or six people involved. You're closer to these guys than you are to your own family.
Every band that broke worldwide started out this same way, from The Who to U2 to Bruce Springsteen ...