When I was 9 years old I started learning how to play the violin with the famous Suzuki Method. All violinists and other string players likely know and are familiar with this way of learning, roughly 10 books in the system to get you playing from beginner to advanced student. The only problem? You get trained as a “Classical Stiff”. You can read notes from a page, and you may be able to add in your own artistic interpretations, to put something technical off the edge and into some true artistry and beauty, but you won’t know a thing about how to improvise.
During college, I was faced with my inevitable lack of improvisation technique when I randomly spotted an opportunity to do a recording for a band and decided to try it. I went to their house/studio and was so nervous and on the spot, when they told me what key to play, I felt completely lost, unsure what to do. I listened to the song they wanted to add violin to and ending up playing just the melody. I got no value (read: money) out of the one time gig and eventually, they did send me their CD, but in retrospect, I have no idea why I even went. Maybe it was the challenge of trying something new! Even if I failed, you can hear the track of a violin playing over the exact melody an octave or two higher.
After college, I took “fiddle” lessons and learned folk and celtic tunes from a completely different method of listening by ear and playing back, like a game of Simon says. I slowly learned how to improv and loosen up a little to the thought of playing something completely on my own.
So what does this have to do with life and business, and all that jazz?
Life is an Improvisation
You can’t plan everything out just the way you want because not everything will go the way that you want it to and even if it did, there are still variables you can’t control like, for example, other people.
Try this. Instead of waiting for you to reach your own potential, as if it’s going to magically do so on its own, why not start creating it NOW? Life is happening NOW. Are you going to let those moments pass you by because of fear (like I did on that faithful day, choked by my inability to improv with violin, or afraid of sounding stupid) or start creating something beautiful?
What’s your super power? What’s your creative genius? How can you make that into your signature genius, one that you become known for, and that people flock to pay you?
Claim your genius. Own it. Express it. Let your greatness shine.
Like jazz, life is about melding the moments to create the best life now. There are no measures and notes to read, only what your mind can come up with. Will you create a masterpiece today and make your own music, or stop too soon, without the notes?
Life isn’t equipped with notes and a how-to manual. It’s all YOU. It’s now. It’s improv. It’s this moment. And the next. And the next. And the next. It’s all jazz, baby!
When you make a choice, you change the future. ~Deepak Chopra
Choose Your Genius
You have to get clear. You have to deliberately choose what you’d like to be known for. A vessel isn’t a complicated disarray of twists and turns and little crevices, it’s a straight pathway (i.e. a blood vessel) or a container. You are the container and the pathway. You are the vessel.
What do you want to be known for?
What #1 passion would you love to work on all day? How can this help people?
What legacy do you want to leave behind?
How can you inject more purpose to your brand? Something that can contribute to a bigger picture.
What goal(s) do you want to achieve?
What would your best lifestyle look like?
Your answers can help you discover and uncover what your true genius is and how you can consciously create your dream lifestyle and serve the world with your talents. Take the time to answer at least ONE question today and share them in the comments.
Invent. Then Reinvent.
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