One Simple Secret to Success for Musicians
The word is focus. What comes to mind when you think of the concept of focus? That four-letter word that starts with ‘W’, right. It takes a lot of energy to maintain focus. You sit down at the piano and look at a page full of changing meters and complex fingering and your heart sinks. That’s a lot of W-O-R-K! It takes focus. It seems difficult!
But here’s the secret: the right kind of focus for a musician doesn’t seem like work when it’s done right.
Here’s why: Effort is relative to the results. It’s return on investment. A large investment of time and energy for a small return will seem like an immense amount of work. On the other hand, can you imagine turning a switch, controlling a wheel and a couple of levers and moving a two ton machine for hundreds of miles – with you and your family inside?
Today I don’t work. I teach and sing and shoot photography – and people pay me! But it doesn’t feel like work. It doesn’t feel like work because I’m inspired with what I do. And guess what, I’m focused. I put a ton of energy into my activities. What others would feel is work, I feel is easy because I see the results. My students think I’m a bit nutty with the level of dedication I bring to the songs they are playing in their lessons.
Work becomes fun and focus becomes easy when you find success and joy in the music you make.
Next post: How to find inspiration.
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