“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
I hear lots of them… mostly from folks that are stuck in jobs they hate.
“I’m too old to begin a new career”
“What if I fail?”
“I don’t have the time or resources to do this!”
Many great artists had financial challenges or started late in life!
But, many great artists had a mentor! And a mentor is worth more than gold! A mentor reignites our creativity and passion, and lights the way for us when we feel lost.
This is a question I often ask our students at our classes. Who do you consider your coach, your inspiration? Just like in STAR WARS… the hero needs a mentor; one to bring out that hidden treasure inside.
Sometimes it takes a very special teacher to “bring out the gold” in you. Think back over your school years… who was your favorite teacher and why? Many of MY mentors, guides and teachers weren’t “school teachers,” they were people I admired. I put energy into contacting them and meeting with them… and then a friendship began.
I’ve been with Tobias and Eugene over 20 years!
When I perform my “sorcerer’s apprentice” coin routine, I often have a strong impact on my onstage “apprentice,” and also on his family. After the show, the parents frequently tell me about how shy their kid was, and that they never seen him perform like that! My message is one of empowerment. The audience feels this and knows that it is more than a trick. This the REAL MAGIC!
My performance and my teaching is all about “finding the treasures that are hidden inside of you!” It takes a mentor to help you learn the process. then it is YOUR turn to mentor others!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
One of Abbi’s early music mentors was her piano teacher, Mr. Charles Rose. When she started playing, at four years old, Mr. Rose had the right combination of talent, patience and creativity to get her involved and keep her motivated…. Now, Abbi’s music is a big part of what motivates many to become their highest visions. She recently finished her third solo project, called The Family of Fire. Take a listen, and let us know what you think:
Some people never find a mentor…why?..they do not look! But, there are steps to consider if you do want to find a mentor… Adam Toren is an entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. Adam says, “Although few entrepreneurs are fortunate enough to have a keen mentor in the family, it is possible to find one or two. Here are eight tips to getting the right mentor – or group of mentors – for you:
Read more from Adam here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222694#ixzz2kB6havx1
Abbi and I love to read the poems of Jalaluddin Rumi…his poetry inspires us. Though he died hundreds of years ago., his words still mentor millions!
“You sit here for days saying,
This is strange business.
You’re the strange business.
You have the energy of the sun in you,
but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine.
You’re some weird kind of gold
that wants to stay melted in the furnace,
so you won’t have to become coins.”
I’ll be taking one of my favorite collections of Rumi’s poetry, called Open Secret when I leave for Bulgaria in a few days. I’ll be in touch when I get home!
Keep your furnace blazing my friends!
Jeff and Abbi
If you want to be filled with the fire of inspiration and creativity…we have new classes coming up
WONDERGROUND is coming up Thursday Nov. 21, we have the full line up here!