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,