I played French horn in the high school band back in the 70s.
I was terrible at it, but I surely loved band.
When we’d get ready to head for our competition events,the director would look at me, point a finger and say, “You with the French horn-- just pretend to play. We want to win this competition!”
Ok, I will confess that I was not musically gifted.
The secret I will confess to you, but never to my band director is that part of the reason I was so terrible is because I never practiced.
You get better at what you practice.
That little axiom has no age limit.
If you want to improve yourself, it is going to take some doing.
The start-up of you by Reid Hoffman, purportedly teaches us how to “adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career.”
I totally buy into this.
The people around us change, industries change, we better be ready to “jump onto our lifeboat and regroup,” as the book suggests.
One of my favorite chapters of the book was “Do the Hustle.”
I’m pretty sure this book was not supposed to add comedic relief,but hey, laughter is the best medicine. As the book theorizes, “No matter where you are in your career, there will be moments when you feel like your back is against the wall. When you may be short on funds or allies or both. When no one is knocking at your door inviting you to stuff. These situations call for : hustle. (hustler is bad, but hustle is good.)
The book packs a really terrific pep talk.
Question for you? why is it so difficult for us to invest in ourselves?
Doing sois not being selfish. Actually we are better equipped to help others when we have first taken the best care of ourselves.
Can I see the value of something even if it goes against my personal beliefs?
Welcome to the 2012 political season………………..