Daily Inspiration 10-8-12

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“Guitar gurus say, “Tone
is in your fingers.”
You can buy the same
guitar, effects pedals,
and amplifier that Eddie
Van Halen uses.
But when you play that
it’s still going to sound
like you
Likewise, Eddie could plug
into a crappy Strat/Pignose
setup at a pawn shop, and
you’d still be able to recognize
that it’s Eddie Van Halen
playing. Fancy gear can help,
but the truth is your tone
comes from you.”

— Jason Fried & David
Heinemeier Hansson
from the book,

Yesterday, I took another quote out of this very
short chapter in the book, Rework, titled, Tone Is In Your Fingers. Yesterday it
was about how some people are obsessed with technology ignoring substance or
content especially as it is related to websites and other Internet properties.
But, these few sentences above preceded the previous quote from yesterday,
spoke to me a bit differently. 

I could relate to this quote immediately because I
play the guitar and have for a long time. I’ve seen good players who can come in
and pick up a piece of crap instrument and make it sound good, while they make a
good instrument sound spectacular.

Part of what I related to here was that I’m glad I
learned on less quality instruments that were good enough to tune, but not so
good they made me inflexible or able to make my sound work in lieu of the better
instrument. At the same time, it is amazing what a better instrument will do for
a player when they get one.

I’ll never forget starting to play bass guitar
after playing a six string guitar for many years and I had a very inexpensive
instrument that wasn’t that easy to play, but I made do with it and it worked
out okay. Then, the time came when it was time to move up to a better instrument
and it was almost miraculous how I instantly became a several layers up better
player just from that ease of playing that fine instrument. But, the key to that
was that this would never had happened without the previous instrument.

How I relate to this in business and in other ways
in life is to go with what you have and do the best you can with what you have
to work with. Find your sound. Find your tone. Develop the skills, and the
knowledge of doing what you do as only you can do it.

Then, in due time, the need and opportunity will
come together to bring you to the next level where you will soar as you never
imagined. Your skill and knowledge will leap several levels all in one fell
swoop. You will be joyous in this and at the same time, you will find a whole
new appreciation for what has gone before–for the things that taught you and
challenged you, created, and fine-tuned that tone, and for the learning process,
and even the extra work that went into all of

Rock On With Your Bad Self! In Appreciation, Of

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merely preparation for the best that is yet to come.
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