· Business Skills,Business Development,Business Owners,Violin,Business Growth
Business skills are a lot like the violin. Let me explain.
So often, we look at someone playing the violin and we are absolutely amazed at what they're able to accomplish: what they're able to draw out of the instrument. As a violinist, I’m not just talking as an on-looker! I am flabbergasted at what some people are able to draw out of the instrument.
The violin is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and magical instruments in the world.
Those mind-boggling musicians don’t just sit around having fun and playing the fancy stuff.
Most of the time, they’re actually sitting around practicing the boring things that would drive anybody nuts! Things like scales and arpeggios (These things... Yuck!), not necessarily the fancy Lark Ascending that people love the violin for. And the thing is, they don’t just do 8 minutes of scales. People like Hilary Hahn (world-class Violinist) play half an hour of scales. Straight! When nobody is looking or watching, she’s practicing her violin like she’s on stage and romancing a thousand people with her scales.
Back to business with this concept…
Everyone wants to be like the celebrity entrepreneurs in business. We all want to stand on stage with our business skills that make pitching, marketing, and ops a breeze. We all want to be that Epitome of a Business Owner.
But what we fail to recognize is that those business skills are honed the same way violinists hone their talents: practice. And not just a half hour of it a day either. That half hour of scales? That’s the warm up. If you ask any professional musician how long they spend practicing a day, most of them will answer between 2 and 6 hours.
It’s the same thing for business skills!
The business owners that you look up to have spent years practicing and honing the skills you admire them for. Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to do what they do. Please, do yourself a favor and remember that it’s ok to not be where they are!
Is it frustrating? Absolutely!
Sitting there and trying tweak after tweak on your marketing until you get the tiniest bump that disappears a week later? Yeah, it’s frustrating and exhausting. But remember, even the greatest instrumentalists of all time started learning somewhere and investing in their musicianship. It’s the same thing for business owners. Even the phenomenal Mike Michalowicz and Jeff Hoffman started somewhere and spent years struggling through the hours working on their pitches that you’re working through.
It’s easy to throw in the towel and say you’ll never achieve the business skills you want. Especially when you’re in the beginning stages.
But give yourself time to lean into the practice. Give yourself time to realize that you’re learning, you’re growing, and don’t give up! The key is to keep improving and to take little steps every single day. To commit yourself to constantly moving you and your business skills forward one day at a time.
When you do that, it will make a world of difference for you and your business!