I make a living as a musician, and
I create many opportunities
This is one of my first:
Back in 1975,
I formed the Magnolia
I took care of business with
my home telephone, my typewriter,
and a little pencil in a little spiral notebook.
In those days we usually worked as a trio.
Occasionally we'd assemble as a six-man
old-style New Orleans dance band, and
we'd play at big traditional jazz festivals
across the country.
One afternoon I was typing a letter to a
festival producer in Colorado. Using my
customary "hunt-and-peck" technique.
Oooops! I made a typo and had to start over.
(This might sound weird if you've always used
a word processor. But back in those days,
before today's word processors were invented,
people often hired an excellent typist
prepare letters. Sadly, not me.)
I made another typo and started again.
And another, and another.
Too frustrating! Know what I mean?
I shouted, "This is the last straw", and
went out and bought a used Apple II
computer and attached a modified
typewriter for a printer.
As a result, I'd type a draft for a letter,
edit it as much as I'd like, and then print
a perfect copy.
First time! Amazing!
That computer was my first opportunity
to write letters in the word processor,
keep records in the data base, and tally
my reports in the spreadsheet.
I found myself doing my usual jobs much better,
plus dozens of projects I'd been only dreaming
about, all in a fraction of the time it used to take.
Buying a computer was one of my all-time
best moves. Seriously!
Talk about creating an opportunity --
my productivity skyrocketed!
Why do I talk about creating opportunities?
Because this is an easy strategy YOU could use
to help plan your wedding or your next party.
Make your own luck. Position yourself for success.
Create an opportunity for
success to fall in your lap,
out of the blue.
Or to use another image, imagine you find
great river of wedding or party planning advice,
wonderful suggestions swimming by.
Seize the opportunity! Jump right in,
and catch as many tips as you can.
So here's that Tip I promised you:
Search online for "wedding planning" or "party
and forums. Find a dozen
or so that talk about
what you're looking for.
That speak your language
-- easy to read and
easy to understand.
Look them over. Then subscribe to the 2 or 3
that seem most helpful for what you want.
Read them regularly, take notes, and use their
best advice to begin assembling your celebration.
And if you're looking specifically for tips about your
wedding or party music, you can always ask me.