The Secret of Your Greatest Special Strength

Oct 12, 2016, Issue #120


But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

The earliest mass murderer in recorded history. 

You probably know him already.

The strongest man in the Bible.  He resisted the 
heathens who oppressed his tribe.

According to Judges 13-16, he once killed 1,000 
of them with a donkey's jawbone. 

Those Philistines had many reasons to hate and 
fear him, so they bribed his wife to learn the 
secret of his great strength.  

Turns out, his secret was to never cut his hair.  
So while he slept, she betrayed him and 
shaved his head. 

He immediately lost his special strength and  
became powerless to resist his enemies.  
So they captured and imprisoned him.

You know the rest of this story, I'm sure.  
But to me this first part is more important.

Really?  More important?  

Yes.  It's all about the special strengths we rely on.  

Ask yourself "What are MY special strengths?" 
and prepare yourself for a valuable lesson.

Why does it matter to us?

The key to Samson's strength is an exception.  
The secret to OUR strengths  is almost always 
hard work, study, and long practice.

Whether or not we can see our own strengths 
clearly, our friends and colleagues surely do.  
And our clients, too.

Whatever we're doing -- managing a business, or
developing a relationship, or playing a strategic 
game, or something else -- all the experts  advise
us to "lead with our strength".

So we always face two challenges:  first, identify 
where our strengths lie.  You can find dozens of 
tactics for this online.  

One of my favorites is to force yourself to act 
outside your "comfort zone".  Then watch yourself, 
to see what you can do well for the first time.

And second, once we can name a strength, 
our next challenge is to develop it.  Make it 
even more amazing. 

If you're good at teaching yourself, look for 
good examples of what strengths you want, 
and follow these examples.

You'll probably need to learn a few things you 
can't  teach yourself, so it's smart to get some 
coaching  from a proven expert.

Why am I telling you this?

For me, one of my strengths is knowing how 
music helps people celebrate.  This is what 
I've been learning and practicing nearly every 
day since 1975.

Either by helping people plan the music for 
their parties, or by leading my band to entertain 
all their wedding guests.

Usually both.

So the next time you or a friend  are looking for
upbeat, elegant music played the way you want, 
preview us in action at our next public event:  

We'll be leading with one of our strengths,
and we'll always be ready for YOUR next party.

Where can you can catch us?  Here (see details below):

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-8:30pm,
"Grand Opening Celebration", 
Fitz Place, 455 Fitzgerald, San Martin

Sunday, October 16, 11:00am-4:00pm,
"Levi's Stadium Wedding Fair", 
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way , Santa Clara

Friday, October 21, 5:30-8:30pm,
"Pacific Stroke Association" Benefit party, 
Mitchell Park Community Center,
3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Caterer? Wedding or Event Planner? Bride? Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll  hear the
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.


Meanwhile, here's my 2011 story about our "Special Strength".
Read the rest of the story in my blogpost from that day.

Let's chat soon.  


Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  

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