A Simple Flute Lesson To Become a Better Blogger

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A Simple Flute Lesson to Become a Better Blogger
A Simple Flute Lesson to Become a Better Blogger

You may be wondering what a flute has to do with being a blogger.

I was thinking about my childhood and what about it gave me the most pleasure. I came to the conclusion that it was when I started playing the flute when I was 10 years old, in 5th grade.  I had always liked music.  First time singing in public was at age 7.

My mom and step-dad decided to get me a flute so I could learn to play with free lessons that the school system gave.  I would get the lessons in the mornings in school, and would practice every day after school.  I loved it so much that I didn’t need to be told to do it.  It was fun.  I worked hard that first year and went through 2 lesson books.  By the time I had started 6th grade, I had to have my lessons a half an hour before the other children because I was now in my third lesson book.  I was reading and playing at, at least, a 7th grade level according to my instructor.  I continued to improve to the point that when I started Junior High School, I was playing 1st in the flute section of the junior high band.  I kept practicing and learning new songs as the 2 years there went on.

I reached 9th grade and was now playing for the Everett High School Marching Band, which meant marching in the half-time shows during the football season, and doing concerts for elementary schools at Christmas time, as well as playing for other special occasions like Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and Veteran’s Day, and our annual Spring concerts.  I was shocked when, at that first awards banquet, I received an award for Most Improved Freshman. Seriously, didn’t even think about the awards when I played that first year.

As my time went on in high school, I kept learning new materials and actually switched to the saxophone my senior year to lead the section which only had 3 freshmen at the time.  I ended my 4 years with a total of 7 awards.

After freshmen year, I do admit that I had made up my mind that I was going to play my best so I could win The John Philip Sousa Award, which recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation in a high school band.  I thought I blew it when I changed instruments but was told by my instructor, at the awards banquet that year, that I had won it before the year even began.

I wrote this blog post to tell you to remember what you did in the past. Remember what gave you so much happiness and pride when you reached the point of knowing what you were doing as if it were second nature.

Being a blogger is the same way.  You need to learn everything involved to run a blog correctly.  Apply what you learn and keep doing it until it becomes automatic.  After you excel in one aspect, learn another aspect until it becomes automatic and so on. Eventually, you will become a powerhouse blogger in whatever niche you choose. Then, if you choose, you can teach others to do the same and become very successful.

With that said, I hope you rediscover your feelings of excitement while learning to become a blogger.

If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below and share it with your friends.

Until the next time……Chris

 


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6 thoughts on “A Simple Flute Lesson To Become a Better Blogger”

  1. So cool Chris how far you went with the flute and saxophone. I am so impressed. A lesson well taken about liking what you do. Isn’t life too short not to. I love your analogy, it was so practical for me to apply. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Theresa.

    Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you liked my post.

    If it helps others to go for it, my job is done. I never thought of my practicing as work. It was fun to do and the results were excellent.

    I’m sure everyone has that one thing they did that truly made them happy that they can look back on as inspiration to learn how to run their business and succeed at it.

    Have a good one……Chris

  3. This post reminds me of job hunting. By that I mean, filling out applications and resumes.

    When America’s economy took a plunge in ’08, people were out of jobs. Not only out them, but a lot of people had to look to other industries for employment. So, when it came to filling out the paperwork, nothing they did in their previous career directly applied to their new job they were applying for.

    That’s when you talk about transferable skills. Hardwork, determination, persistence, and host of others transfer across all jobs.

    Just like the amount of persistence and dedication you put into your instruments, the same can be said for your online business. Sure, playing a flute doesn’t have anything to do with an online business directly, but the steps you took to get there do.

    Great job Chris!

    Wishing you much success,

    Mark

  4. Hi Mark.

    Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.
    I really believe everyone has that one thing they did that made them very happy and if they do what they did back then to get there, they can have that feeling all over again while learning to run and then succeeding with their online business.

    Talk to you soon……Chris

  5. Hi Chris,

    Awesome stuff! This is such an excellent analogy and one that, as a musician, I can relate to very well.

    I have been playing the guitar now for about 24 and a half years and have written many songs, played many good gigs, made many people happy and have had the satisfaction of teaching many people. But I remember the time when I couldn’t play and the hard slog of learning. Then, once I could play, the hard slog of improving.

    Was it all worth it? Of course it was! Was the hard slog essential? You betchya! But putting in that work early on along with much time and patience, paid off in the end and I can look back on time well spent.

    This is where many people fail when it comes to online business. That there is the thing – they don’t think “business”, they think about making quick, easy money. They want the fast results and the big riches, yet aren’t prepared to put in the time, work and patience.

    Those of us who have patiently and diligently stuck with anything will appreciate the benefits of doing so and will be able to look back thankfully that what we now have is a result of what we put in. This is something that anyone who’s seeking to make money online should take on board.

    Thanks for this awesome post, Chris! 🙂

    »Glenn«

  6. Hi Glenn.

    I’m glad you liked the post. I was wondering when you were going to read and comment on it, considering you are a musician like myself.
    You’ve obviously done more than me with it. I played some gigs here and there, but work kept me from doing more of it.

    I was thinking about my younger days and this post just came to me. I realized that the analogy would fit perfectly with what we are all trying to accomplish online right now. Work hard in the beginning and reap the rewards down the road.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Until the next time…….. Chris

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