A great insight from Seth Godin: Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist
It’s amazing how much we can get done simply by trying. Whether it’s writing or singing, playing an instrument or sales, when we show up and do our best, we can make things happen. But then, our internal horsepower becomes insufficient. As we seek to make a bigger impact, we discover that powering our way through obstacles is simply too difficult.
And so we need to learn technique.
Technique is the unnatural approach to a problem that, with practice, becomes second-nature. Technique is the non-obvious solution that amateurs and hard-working beginners rarely stumble upon on their own.
The commitment to a practice opens the door to finding a more useful technique.
You got this far because your natural approach was helpful. But to get to the next level, you’ll need technique, which, by definition, isn’t something you come by on your own.
If there are people who are playing at a different level than you who are embracing an approach that feels unnatural to you, you may have found the technique that you’ve been missing.
Midweek Inspiration: Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant.
There will always be someone out there who needs what only you have to give because you have brilliance in you. Your contribution is valuable, and with it, the world you create is precious. This is how we experience life’s most profound joy: true fulfillment; through the power of passionate, sincere, and selfless contribution.
Monday Motivation: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill
This is one of my favorite quotes because it is true for everyone who has ever pursued their dreams to fulfillment. Feeling the sting of a failure? Fantastic! You’re in great company! Don't stop believing!
As I think about the many souls I am blessed to call acquaintance and friend, I realize that almost all of us have connected with one another through music, either directly or indirectly. Through music, we relate and become community. With music, our broken hearts are soothed, and our hopes and dreams celebrated. How thankful I am to have music, AND YOU, in my life.