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  • Writer's pictureGuy G. Gorman

"Everything worth doing is worth doing badly!"

You've probably heard it a little differently, but I remember a light bulb flipping on in my mind when I first heard this stated by an educator, Mr. Purdy (sorry don't remember his first name).

Several times now I've heard about rock musicians who as they were starting out sat around playing one chord for hours on end.

Dave Grohl said something to the effect that rock and roll is about three guys practicing in a garage, sweating and sounding terrible until they eventually start to sound good.

I remember my stepmother commenting on my "enthusiasm" as I played my drum pad set for hours.

Not an original idea (see Sir Ken Robinson), but I think a lot of us are educated out of our enthusiasms.

I know that I've spent a lot my life fighting against some of these "educated" feelings.

Many an artist will tell you that children are wonderful artists up until a certain age when they begin to "know better."

Picasso said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

I believe that talent is enthusiasm demonstrated over and over.

Help those around you to rediscover that childlike enthusiasm and reap the benefits.

Better yet, help our younger friends and family to get it right the first time.


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