Musician. Educator. Explorer.
I keep a list in my reminders app where I like to write down thoughts and advice I’ve been given. Today I want to share three pieces of advice that have impacted me and helped me become better!
“Fix the confidence, fix the playing” As an artist and a musician, your identity and your confidence in yourself really seeps into the actual execution of your art. You have to be working on yourself and your confidence and understand your own mental awareness to be the best at what you do. This is also true for sports where confidence really affects an athlete’s performance. For example, some of the greatest tennis players like Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer, always execute their best when their confidence is already up. But they also know how to succeed and find confidence in the most unstable situations. Therefore, learning how to handle these fluctuations in confidence is very important and can truly affect your results.
The second is “beware the tire kickers” which came up in a conversation about car salesmen and how they perceive clients. They have an expression that identifies buyers who are not really serious about purchasing a car: “tire kickers.” The tire kickers come around frequently, kick the tires a few times on the cars they like, but never make a solid purchasing decision on any particular car. What came out of that conversation for me was about business – figure out who you are dealing with. If someone wants to do business with you or work with you, try to find ways to see how serious or committed they are is key – make them write it down or email you about a request to make sure they can follow through. I have learned to use that a lot and it is a very powerful tip!
My last one is sports-related – “it’s difficult to improve when you are satisfied with what you’ve achieved.” I heard this in an interview that Toni Nadal gave. That is a recurrent thing I’ve noticed in the great people I admire, they’re never satisfied with their achievements. That’s not saying that they aren’t acknowledging their success, but there is always a next level. I think that is such a good attitude to have because if you think that what you’ve already done is good enough, you won’t strive for more success and you won’t improve. If Toni’s nephew, Rafael Nadal, had thought winning his first Grand Slam at 19 was good enough, he wouldn’t be the 17-times Grand Slam champion we know him to be today!
I love to keep these tips in mind and they always help me better myself! What is the best advice you’ve received? I’d love to add more to my list!