The article presents solutions to diculties experienced during 10 years of being a musi cian, student, and teacher in a foreign country – Great Britain. e process of becominga professional musician takes not only time, but o¢en very radical approaches. The author brings some of his best methods which were created a¢er his old habits of practicing failed. Meeting new situation of moving to diwerent country and then setting up a family was personally interesting and exciting, but professionally very demanding. One of the key methods is the FIVE I method, suggesting an order of musical progress looping itself in the end – Inspiration, Influence, Instructions, Incorporation, Independence. This is about growing as an artist and it can be applied also in diwerent areas of life and art disciplines. The MIECZ is a more detailed method about a place for practicing, an instrument, energy needed, time management and the outcome of being part of a musical group. One of the most progressive approaches applied by the author are called 0-1. It represents a simplied way of looking at things and events – something exists, or does not; something took place, or did not. It simultaneously simplies our decision-making moments and prepares us to take the hard path, o¢en invisible, or unacceptable at rst. 540-1200 is a name of another method helping to organise a day by planning activities and tasks as the day starts at 5.40 a.m., and ends at 12.00 p.m. (noon). at way o¢en the rest of the day feels like extra time. 5M means you do one thing for ve minutes every day and if that is too hard to manage then bringing the 5S (ve seconds a day) method helps to introduce and develop a habit, for instance a musical habit to pick the instrument up daily. e authors personal experience doesn’t ower any shortcuts, but an alternative to a discouragement a¢er a long-term struggle.