Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The Makings of a Great Student, Part 2
The enemies of success are not a lack of talent or an uninspiring environment. The real inhibitors of success are laziness, stubbornness, lack of taking initiative, and an unwillingness to address weaknesses. These habits will quickly render one's talent and love of music of no effect.
Confronting weaknesses is a given for the successful. Great students learn to face their vulnerabilities on a daily basis. Even token attention to difficult issues is better than none. Regular and wise chipping away on those nasty problems will make them less nasty the next time. A lot of polishing will produce a nice shine. No buffing, no shine!
Part 2 of The Great Student is simple. Organize a plan for staying with difficult tasks. Say no to the couch naps. Endurance isn't only about embouchure strength. Mental discipline is the greater challenge, for it yields greater results. A wise strategy beats an untamed talent.
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