Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just show up


Boy, am I motivated! I had the honor and the privilege of seeing the one and only Mike Dooley at a motivational workshop last Sunday in DC. Mr. D has been featured in The Secret, and his book Infinite Possibilities recently hit the big time on the New York Times best seller list. He was talking about harnessing the magic of life to create unbelievable awesomeness. There was one point in particular that really affected me, and it was when he said "Just show up."

Yes, Just Show Up. We're always looking for the magic solution, the knock 'em dead one liner, and the right card to play. Well, for me at least, and it was encouraging to hear Mike touch on this theme, life is a series of small steps, actions, and each of our individual Romes are built with a hundred thousand bricks.

He had the great point of just doing a little extra. He told a story about his neighbor who's so practical he's downright zennish. The neighbor told his kids in the corporate world "Look, just get to work five minutes before you need to, and leave just a little later than your coworkers."

What if us musicians complained a little less than our peers about the industry, and wrote a song instead? What if us artists just spent an extra minute picking that perfect color? What if we showed up at our gigs a little extra excited to play music? What if we were constantly and consistently striving towards our dreams with small, mundane, but measured steps?

What if we just showed up?

Luck will certainly have a better chance of finding us. The thought struck me: If God/the Universe were a CEO at the local networking meeting, wouldn't we make a point to make sure we attended those meetings on a very consistent basis in the hopes of catching her eye? Even if we were just the coffee pigs? (See Muppets From Space to get the reference. Ms. Piggy is a coffee pig at a TV show.)

Start networking with luck! And Just Show Up!

Thanks, Mike!

Rock on!

- Josh

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