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Making Time.

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions, and the actions that speak louder than words. It is making time when there is none; coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of—the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”    -Abraham Lincoln Apply this to your #PipeBandLife: Keeping my commitme

Talent or attitude?

Seth Godin has said, “It’s not really a search for talent. It’s a search for attitude. There are a few jobs where straight up skills are all we ask for. Perhaps in the first violinist in a string quartet. But in fact, even there, what actually separates winners from losers isn’t talent, it’s attitude…An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.

Coming up short.

“Always look at other musicians as inspiration.  Never as competition.” — These words got us to thinking… We all do it or have done it at some point in our lives: We compare ourselves (our band) to others and gauge where we are based on what we observe them to be doing. If this was simply an observation, that would be one thing. But in comparing ourselves to others, we often end up judging ourselves. There’s no one worse to judge! If you have ever noticed, it doesn’t matter h

Attitudes.

Most bands like to measure themselves by their strongest, most talented people. However, the strength of the band is always impacted by the weakest link, especially weak attitude links.  If you keep weak attitude links in your circle and do not address their poor behavior or hold them accountable for their actions, they can tear your band apart. You also do a disservice to all the band members who do things the right way if you keep weak attitude links, but you don’t work to