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.
For some, music is a hobby. For others, it goes beyond the profession and is a lifestyle. In all cases the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience gathered along the way shapes the way a music-maker sees and interacts with the world.
Learning and making music is also a lot of fun!
The benefits of learning a musical instrument are numerous. These range from improved social interaction skills and increased empathy to refined time, money and people management skills. The causes of these improvements lie in stimulated brain functioning, both in zones associated with emotions and mental capabilities, but also in the interaction with music teachers, instrument sellers, and other musicians.
If you haven’t picked up an instrument or tried singing yet, you might want to consider starting out, even just as a hobby.
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!