I love the sound of the trombone

March 25, 2010

Sounds of the Trombone

Like most people I enjoy music.

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s so I love rock and roll. It moves me, grabs me and touches my soul.

I appreciate the depth of classical music.

I find jazz a welcome refreshment.

But there is one distinctive sound that always catches my ear and lifts me no matter what genre of music. That is the sound of a trombone.

I played the trombone in the high school band. There were better trombone players that me. Sometimes the music teacher centered me out to play a solo or replay a misplayed part. That opportunity to solo was a mixed blessing because I was excited to play the solo and anxious about making a mistake.

Even when I messed up and felt embarrassed – I still enjoyed playing the trombone.

When you are feeling good almost any music that you like will feel good.

But when you are down – only the music that you love will lift you.

On your playlist add a directory for “Make me feel good”. That’s the songs that change you from down to up.

Play them as often as you like and need to hear them.

George Torok

Former Trombone Player

Motivational Business Speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker

Try is a lie

March 4, 2010

Trying is often an excuse for failing. How many times have you heard a reluctant person say “We will try” or “At least we tried”.

They usually hang their head in doubt or shame.

You might know the line from Yoda in Star Wars, “Do or do not – there is no try.”

You might enjoy this anecdote from my friend.
At our tai chi class, I heard our instructor use a little verbal
trick that you might be able to use.

Instructor: I want you to hold your hands like this.
Student: I’ll try.
Instructor: No, don’t try.
Student: I shouldn’t try?
Instructor: You should not try. “Try” means “lie.” Don’t try to do it.
Simply do it.

Wisdom from Yoda and Tai Chi instructors.

George Torok
Motivational Business Speaker

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Where you are is not who you are

March 2, 2010

Where you are is not who you are – motivational words from new Xerox CEO, Ursala Burns.