Friday, October 2, 2009

What Every Musician Can Learn From Mahatma Ghandi

October 2nd is Mahatma Ghandi's birthday.

I've always had an affinity for his words of wisdom. Somehow many of his sayings hold true for me -- like sips of life-giving water that carry me along on my musical journey.

"Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory."

"We cannot be speakers who do not listen. But neither can we be listeners who do not speak."

"Speak only if it improves upon the silence."

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom."

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

"Find purpose, the means will follow."

"I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace."

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."

"There they go. I must run and catch up with them, beause I am their leader!"

"If you don't ask, you don't get."

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