If I’ve learned one thing about starting your own business, it’s that you always have to bring yourself back to center focus on WHY you are doing this in the first place. Often, the purpose is to start something that will be successful, new, innovative, and monetarily rewarding. While these are all part of starting a business, they will not keep things moving toward real fulfillment.
During my last 5 or so years before my 22 year corporate job ended, I began thinking, there has to be a better way….a better purpose…something that “I” could do differently. I began exploring a few franchise ideas. I quickly discovered that many franchises have one single purpose and that is providing income to who was selling the franchise. I knew whatever I did, it had to be centered on something that was “me” and on something that had been at the center of fulfillment, most of my life…and that was music.
I must confess that what is David’s Music House…. was not in my mind from the start. I really only knew how I felt inside and that my creativity could come up with something different. I have ALWAYS been about doing things or looking at things from other viewpoints and other ways. As I explored resources about starting a business, I began doing the basics. I took a course “How to start a business” at our local community college. The course provided a general knowledge of steps to take and a TON of resources to investigate. I knew that this was just a first step in a long process of research and discovery that would put me on a path of where I wanted to go.
Then something else seems to take over my next steps in this journey. It was more of an inner voice telling me to go ask this person for advice or ask to speak to the owner of a business. I don’t remember having these steps in my mind but rather just some inner force pushing me. Eventually, I reached a point within a 2 year period of gathering resources and advice that I had to put a pin on a date on a calendar and “just do it”! Somehow, all the pieces fell together as if by some miracle force to the magical date of 10.10.10 – my Grand Opening Day! October 10, 2010….yes… 10.10.10…so many pieces of a HUGE puzzle of how I had arrived at this date were nothing less than miracles! To this day, I KNOW IN MY HEART that my Dad, who had passed when I was 40 years old, had been standing there, right beside me all the time, making everything happen to me that brought me to that date!
That force and spirit that has been guiding me…that inner voice…is still working within my life, every single day! From that opening day, too many “miracles” have been happening to keep my journey going. I know that the forces that brought me to where I am right now in my life have not happened by chance and that makes me know that this journey that is David’s Music House is only going to continue moving toward my inner purpose of doing everything I can to help others find their personal journey, and what better tool can we use to make our lives better, than music!
Changes happen…and unexpected things occur…but one thing remains the same….we each have a purpose that guides our choices and actions as we go through life. If you listen to who you are, deep inside…the voice that has guided your good and bad choices in life…you will know what to do when those changes come along. Stay in focus of who you are. THIS will always make you know how to make the right choices in whatever you do.
As David’s Music House contines to grow and face challenges, my inner voice will always guide me to keep on target of doing the best I can to provide a place of happiness, guidance and mentoring to those who wish to find out who they want to be….and we do that …. with MUSIC!
Peace and Love,
At David’s Music House, we teach music lessons….yes, but my real purpose for the creation of David’s Music House is a higher mission. I have realized over recent years, the creating and planning of “what I want to do”, comes from something deep inside of me that has driven my entire life, through everything I ever experienced, whether that be good or bad, positive or negative. I have only recently discovered what I always thought of as my core character of weakness and fear, is actually the strength of who I am and how I have behaved for my entire life! I have never been a fighter. I have never liked competition and therefore I never liked sports or anything competitive. Because of this, I have always thought of myself as the “odd” one…the one who is different, and so I retreated from most difficulties in my life. Growing older helps a bit, but I have never been one to raise my hand or step forward into any challenge if I could avoid doing so. As I have said quite often, discovering MUSIC and my natural gift of being able to sing, gave me my first avenue of standing out in crowds as someone special. The thing is, when I wasn’t playing music or singing and performing, I retreated and remained, in my mind, the “odd” one.
With reaching my sixth decade, leaving that corporate environment where I had remained silent and “different”, I have been doing the hard work, on my own, with my own initiatives and thoughts, that have created and kept my first business going and prospering for nearly 5 years now. This has given me the knowledge that as I face problems, that very same passion and “difference” that I felt all my life, was now the driving force that I KNOW is why my business is not only still existing, but is growing. That PASSION and looking back at the HUGE things I have accomplished in the last 7 years to make this business possible, IS THE KEY to knowing David’s Music House, and what it provides to the community, WILL CONTINUE TO SUCCEED!
So, how does one succeed at a business? Look at the center or core of who you are, what you want to do, not as a business, but exactly what makes you tick. It may take a long time to discover that, but it is Key to your success…that and the knowing that you can’t quit trying.
The next Key ingredient is your team. You must find others who are amazing at doing the things you need in your vision. They need to have the gift to do the things you want to do but better than you could. The only way you can get these other experts to do what THEY do best, but within the focus and direction that will satisfy your vision, is Leadership. They need to have the ability to see and love your vision. You can find many who want to ride your journey but never be capable of seeing and joining your quest. It is crucial that you continue tweaking your team and insure you don’t have anyone who simply is along for the ride. Gifted members of a team on a focused quest do not hinder your vision…they use their gifts to enhance it…Why? …because they believe in the vision and in YOU! It’s your job to make them know you love them for what they do but it’s their job to help you on this journey, not hinder it. If you always talk about what your vision is and continue to praise and promote the gifts that your team brings to the journey, it will always be easy to see the weak links in your team and quickly make adjustments. Everyone on your team needs to add to and magnify your vision. It’s the job of every leader or business owner to keep the vision and mission of the business clear and at the center of WHY everyone is on this uniquely gifted team.
Using my CORE characteristics of wanting to use the powerful tool of MUSIC to do more than merely give music lessons, our MISSION STATEMENT is:
Through the magic of music, it is our dream to fulfill a larger purpose of instilling humility and kindness into what occurs at David’s Music House. Toward this purpose, we have adapted a slogan of “The Lesson Room is only the First Step”, meaning we begin teaching how to play an instrument or use one’s voice, but our teachers also become Music Mentors to our students. They also work together, as a team with a higher singular purpose of instilling as much mentoring as is possible, to ingrain performance characteristics such as looking at an audience, listening to other musicians they perform with, making sure their instrument “blends in” with the others rather than trying to make sure they are the only ones heard playing or singing. Along with these performance traits, a natural inheriting of humbleness will also become a part of each student’s learning. Using the amazing power of Music to connect to the soul, along with a mentoring process of humility will hopefully bring more people into the community who will do good things and play music. THIS….is the real agenda behind everything we do at David’s Music House.
I welcome anyone to send comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts or questions about what we do or anything about this article.
Peace & Love,
I read article after article about research and evidence being confirmed every day about the Power of Music. I will spend many more hours, days and weeks raising awareness of the VALUE of Music Education.
Our public and even most private school systems focus so hard on what they deem as CORE or important subjects. What boggles my mind is the trivial importance most educational systems place on Music and the Arts. This issue is actually become worse as recently “someone” decreed a huge push to concentrate on taking test and even learning how to take tests, as “they” strive to raise test scores because of comparisons to other areas and countries because our county is falling behind in these comparisons. Yet, so many new innovative ideas are coming from students who were so called, “failures of our education system”. This mindless effort is driving a bad educational system deep into a bottomless abyss which will make it even more difficult to remedy and in the end will not improve who these students become.
The issue in our schools is that the focus is being placed on the systems, tests and results instead of the PERSON and their potential to create and innovate and to find solutions of the world’s major problems…for the benefit of everyone!
Music and Art Education directly relates to the development of the SELF, the individual and the potential of each person. Placing Music and Art education at the center of the CORE of learning will give students potential and power to be whoever they want and to do whatever they desire. This will become how they work and learn at everything else. In addition to this Power of the Self, Music Education actually develops our brains. This is shown in research studies more and more, all the time. Physical changes occur to the brain when exposed to Music.
What we all do at David’s Music House is EVERYTHING and ANYTHING we can think of to provide an environment where students are exposed to all things Music. I never felt a reason or purpose in my early school years to what was being taught, and that was in the 1960’s. Music is what turned on the lights in my brain, because it connected with me, as a person. Music gave me a pathway to connect socially with others and to find my own self worth. This is always going on, giving young students real purpose and a way to find what they can really do in all things in life. Watch this video of a great example of this:
Video Published on Apr 27, 2015 – The San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus Project, one of many music education programs sponsored by The NAMM Foundation, helps to introduce at-risk youth to the benefits of music making. Seventh grader Bruno Bello shares how this El Sistema-inspired program has changed his life…and they way he sees his future. Bruno has been a student since 2010.
David’s Music House is here to CHANGE and raise awareness of the VALUE of Music Education and in doing so, we will take one student at a time, one day at a time, one month at a time and year after year, until we can CHANGE how Music Education is VALUED and brought to becoming the foundation of all learning.
“I refuse to limit my imagination of the impact that my passion can make Music a higher valued part of everyone’s lives. If I believe I can change the world…..I CAN!” – David Lindberg
Peace & Love…
There’s a saying that goes… “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you”, sometimes said by parents to their child to help them deal with bully name calling. Parents were trying to tell their children to walk away and don’t let what bullies say bother them, because they’re only words. The truth is that words spoken out loud can indeed hurt, not only emotionally, but physically as well. They can also change your life for the better.
Say something negative, out loud. Then pay attention to how you feel inside. Now, say something positive, out loud. Now how do you feel? I have read a good many articles about this. I think we’re all pretty sure that thinking negatively makes us feel bad and the opposite is true about thinking positively, but if you want to really make a change in how you physically feel, then actually speaking positive words out loud can change and affect your physical well-being. If you want to know how your life and health will be in the future….pay attention to your words being spoken.
I have been trying to train myself for months now on this process and I can feel the difference. Speaking lists of good things about yourself will build your confidence and emotional feelings inside. Many public speakers use this method to warm up before a speaking engagement. Just think about the logic of this and it makes sense. How would you expect a person to behave generally if all you ever heard them say was negative words. You may know some people like this and you most certainly don’t want to be around them. Logically, it just makes sense that we generate how we feel, physically, by the words we choose to speak. When your driving and someone pulls out of a side street, dangerously, right in front of your car, do you just think bad thoughts? No, we say the words out loud and we give strength to how angry we feel, along with all the additional stress that high anger brings to our bodies. It’s NOT a good thing to increase our stress!
- Are your employees giving the best customer service possible?
- Is your staff on board the mission of your company?
- Are you, as the owner, leading everyone toward your mission and success?
I for one, choose to train myself, everyday, to stop this lifelong habit of allowing negative thoughts to become reality by speaking them. I choose the logic of speaking good words. I choose to give voice to positivity, happiness and success.
- I will solve every issue to a better process.
- Our customers will be given the best service.
- I will continue building the best team.
- I will provide an atmosphere of good purpose and services that make customers better off for coming.
- I will succeed in my purpose and therefore become a lender and not a borrower.
- I will make the world a better place.
- I will succeed!
Other news in ‘da House…
“Student Showcase Concert Series” & “Community Under 18 Open Stage”
- NO instruments will be provided.
- Performers must bring their own instruments.
- We do provide a sound system, microphones, and a keyboard. Electric guitars and electric bass will ONLY be permitted to plug into our sound system.
- NO amplifiers are permitted.
- Any groups or bands of more than 3 members MUST CALL AT LEAST A DAY BEFORE AND MUST HAVE APPROVAL FROM DAVID TO PERFORM. No bands will be permitted to come the night of the event to perform without pre-approval of David.
“Summer Camp News”
We are putting all of your NEW 2015 Summer Camps together and we will be announcing all of that information in May. We know that families are making plans for the summer including vacations and other activities, so we will be getting this VERY COOL music camp info out to you all PRONTO ,so you’ll be sure to fit your DMH Camps into your summer of FUN!
Some of the ideas we are putting together involve some Rock, Broadway, our favorite Total Music Experience Camp and a Recorder Camp for those about to begin music in elementary school in September, so you’ll be ahead of the curve and ready to go!
As usual, I have to continue to thank ALL of our DMH Families for choosing David’s Music House for you Music House and for spreading the word about what we do here.
Love & Peace,
David – President
I say age because I have been an introvert who lacked confidence nearly all of my life and I certainly never thought I would be able to start a business as I have. Yes, I had wishes and dreams, but they were just that. They were no more than…”wouldn’t it be awesome to…” Age gave me the wisdom and literal years to be able to look back and see the amazing things I have accomplished. This continues to give me the knowledge that I can do anything I want to do as long as it’s an ingrained passion. Age also gave me the ability to make connections with some very smart business people over the years and most importantly, money saved. Yes, some of this money was for retirement years, but as we all know, retirement is more of a myth in our current times, plus I think it’s better to not actually retire, but continue to do good work in the form of something that helps others. I believe this equals a longer, happier life.
I say Faith because I know that just being “me” and finding confidence was not enough to start such a business and see it succeed. That, comes with focus and believing that God, angels, family and friends ALL support and fill me with the drive and passion I need, as well as knowing that I have all this LOVE to catch and lift me up, no matter what happens. This provides a strength like nothing else! I know that everything I am capable of, comes from every single event and person I have encountered throughout my life. Whether the experiences were positive or negative, they all made me who I am, at this moment, right now.
When I put this all together, along with knowing that STOPPING = FAILURE! No one has ever succeeded when they stop trying. The miner who stops digging just short of the gold will never see the rewards. Some of the most successfull people become so because they don’t even envision stopping!
Success never comes from sitting and counting the rewards. It instead continues and grows from the action of giving and helping others find their way to success. Taking one’s rewards and using them for the happiness of others is the KEY to all the fulfillment and happiness anyone needs. To see the fulfillment of other’s dreams, in indeed the way to spell success.
As always, I thank each and every one of you for reading, supporting and spreading the word about David’s Music House. “I’m on a mission of changing the world, one person at a time…through the Power of Music”
Peace and Love,
Not quite like the Elwood Blues quote, of the band from Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers…. “I’m on a mission from God”, (a bit more literally than The Blues Brothers)… I realize more everyday that what I’ve created in David’s Music House is a philosophy or pathway of teaching something more than how to play a musical instrument. I’m actually on a life’s mission to help teach others how to be amazing with their God given gifts, but to also be humble, kind people….through the power of Music. My earliest personal memories are of a bewilderment of why anyone would want to be mean or hurtful to another, when it’s much easier and rewarding to be kind to others. I have, and continue to be, both dismayed and amazed that this will likely always be the case.
Music has always been an emotional and soulful connection to joy and happiness for me. It connects and envelops me with every emotion, from sadness and deep reflection to extreme joy and high energy. Through the magic of music, it is my dream to fulfill a larger purpose of instilling humility and kindness into what occurs at David’s Music House. Toward this purpose, we have adapted a slogan of “The Lesson Room is only the First Step”, meaning we begin teaching how to play and instrument or use one’s voice, but our teachers also become Music Mentors to our students. They also work together, as a team with a higher singular purpose of instilling as much mentoring as is possible, to ingrain performance characteristics such as looking at an audience, listening to other musicians they perform with, making sure their instrument “blends in” with the others rather than trying to make sure they are the only ones heard playing or singing. Along with these performance traits, a natural inheriting of humbleness will also become a part of each student’s learning. Using the amazing power of Music to connect to the soul, along with a mentoring process of humility will hopefully bring more people into the community who will do good things. THIS….is the real agenda behind everything we do at David’s Music House.
We encourage parents and members of the community to become more involved in their children and insure that Music is a high priority in their development process. Week after week, I continue to discover news articles about studies that are finding more evidence of how extremely important it is to have our young children learn and participate in music. The bounty of character building and mind development derived from learning music from an early age is so worthwhile that a strong, yet supportive parental investment is absolutely necessary to our future generations. Nothing but good can come from bringing music into a child’s life….to them and to all the world. Let it be a mission of all of us.
Thanks so much for all your continued support of what we all do here at David’s Music House. Please feel free to add your comments and feedback and I will reply.
Peace and Love,