Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Passion Party #200 - Greatness

I saw greatness the other night
as the 90-piece Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra
performed a 2-hour concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
The concert was the culmination of a 6-day trip that included a recording session, a performance at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, and coaching sessions with the Assistant Conductor for the NY Philharmonic and professors from NYU.

Like a professional sports team,
they worked together at the top of their ability,
pulling each other up towards a high level of performance.

It was not perfect, but it was great, in the truest sense of the word.

What does it take to attain greatness?
- Practice
- Repetition
- Dedication
- A strong leader
- Input (and sometimes criticism) from others
- An openness to being coach-able
- A sense of purpose
- and FOCUS

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