There’s a popular saying I’ve subscribed to for several years: “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”
It means don’t go about overcomplicating things by trying to start from scratch… especially when someone’s already done the work for you.
Long before I started applying it to music, I used this wise advice in other areas of my life. But it didn’t start that way. It took me a while to be cured of my chronic “reinvention” habits.
For example, when I started hearandplay.com, I sought out to learn everything on my own at first. After all, when you start a business, you start from scratch right? You go through the school of hard knocks and learn everything it takes to start, manage, and grow it, right?
At least, that’s what I thought until I met my first business mentor. I quickly learned it wasn’t about doing things on your own. It was about finding out who’s already accomplished what you want to accomplish and piggy-backing on their success. Doing what it takes to learn from them, copying what they’ve done to become successful.
In many cases, they’ve had to invent the “wheel” (or at least started with a smaller wheel and made a bigger one) — but you need NOT do it again. In fact, it’s foolish to do it again unless you simply like creating wheels.
“Modeling” is when you copy the actions, thought processes, and behaviors of someone or something you want to be. And if you model correctly, you’ll surely get there.
In essence, if you want to be “great”, find out what “great” people do and model it.
My new program, Musician Breakthrough is a collection of “great” musicians. And for the first time ever, I’ve assembled a group of 7 musicians ready to let you stand on their shoulders.
Sure, they each went through the school of hard knocks because such a resource like this didn’t exist prior to the internet. But you needn’t go down that road, unless by choice… because what you have in my new Musician Breakthrough collection is a resource that will allow you to reach mastery level by studying the chords, patterns, and thought processes of pro players.
We have taken the 5 dimensions of a church service (praise, shouting, worship, traditional/hymns, and transitional music) and broken them down, step-by-step, from the perspective of 7 world-class pro musicians. That’s 35 segments in all stretched over 14 discs and 16 hours. The first of its kind!
So you’re faced with two decisions:
1) Either reinvent the wheel and go about reaching mastery level on your own (and this isn’t necessarily bad — it’ll just take you several years… say a decade of continuous practice and discovery to reach where they are now).
2) Or you can model and stand on the shoulders of giants, skipping the years of unnecessary trial & error.
You decide. Click here for more information.
But regardless of what you’re pursuing (whether music or otherwise), remember this lesson. Don’t start from scratch. Find those who have accomplished what you want to accomplish and stand on their shoulders.
Until next time -