10 Life Lessons You Pick Up When You’re in a Rock Band
Author, musician and leadership coach Jonathan Sequeira gives his take how your workplace is often not too far removed from gigs
Ten Life Lessons to be Rocked
Lesson#1: Life is a Rock Show!
Put on your best dress, darlin’. You’re in the public eye, always make it worth their eyeball time; or they will go elsewhere and watch another show.
Lesson#2: Unfair weather is unpredictable.
Understand that, accept it and have a plan, know what to do and where to run for cover should it rain on your show.
Lesson#3: Have a “stage view”.
Look at things from above, along with everything and everybody else. From the stage you get a broader picture and see things clearer. Use your stage view to help you lead. As you perform, take time off to view things from a higher perspective and get the group to have the same vision.
Lesson#4: Life is a rollin’ stone.
Expect your peers, subordinates, customers and bosses to change their opinion about you without warning. Keep moving to the beat and treat each of those moments as a different song with a different rhythm.
Lesson#5: Take good care of your gear (yourself).
Sleep well, exercise, give thanks, drink plenty of water and eat well. A lack of stamina, energy and rhythm are strict no-no’s when you’re rocking it.
Lesson#6: Avoid lip-syncing.
Good ethics and doing the honourable thing should be on top of your list. Nothing brings you down faster than a bad reputation.
Lesson#7: Learn new music.
Constantly learn something new. Invest in yourself, update your skills and move with the times. It’s more for the fans than for you.
Lesson#8: You’re in a rock band.
You are not a solo artist. Avoid working in silos. You have a team that you need to understand and work with. It’s your job to get everyone moving to the beat.
Lesson#9: Your timing is unique.
Success is subjective. Everybody makes it big in their own way and at their correct time.
Lesson#10: Feel the music.
If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it well. Learn to enjoy it or find something else to do without jeopardizing the band.
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