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Jul 26, 2018

Refrain from putting your guitar away. If you can see it, you will remember to practice.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Hello, welcome back. It's time once again for Morning Mindset. I hope that you are listening to this in the morning, you have your favorite coffee beverage, or tea or whatever it is that gets your day started. I'm actually, I'm in my padded wall Studio. That's right, and I'm sipping a cup of Sweet Marie's Coffee, if you ever come to the beautiful city of Saratoga, WY be sure that you stop by Sweet Maria's Coffee Shop.

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It's so good, and Sweet Marie also has a Mercantile shop. They have western cowboy stuff and souvenirs and all that jazz, and no, they didn't pay me that for that plug. I just like them, so free plug. Alright, today we’re going to talk about “Leave your Guitar out”. What is he talking about? I don't have a guitar, and this doesn't apply to me.

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Be careful, yes it does. One of the things that I enjoy about having an app television and Netflix, is app television has a variety of biographies, famous people and influencers throughout history. One of the biographies that I watched during the last, I don't know, 6 months or so was the biography of Jimi Hendrix. Now I know a lot of you freaks out there are less than 40 years old, and the the name Jimi Hendrix is, I might as well say George Washington or, you know, Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison or something.

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It seems far away to you, but I grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s, or my formative years, and I listened to Jimi Hendrix a lot. I was growing up in Detroit, MI, listening to WRIF .101, the Wrif. That's right, that was my best Dick The Bruiser impression. I listened to Jimi Hendrix, and I got to watch his biography, and one of the things that I found- and I enjoyed it a great deal beginning to end.

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What's something that I took out of that, is a practical lesson, was the fact that Jimi Hendrix wasn't just a gifted and talented guitar player from birth, and/or I mean, he had natural skill, a lot of people have natural skill. But he took the natural gift the natural skill that he was given by the grace of his birth and my God and developed it and he fostered it and he worked at it.

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Lot of people probably think when they hear, you know, someone like Jimi Hendrix playing a guitar. They think “Ah l man that guy is so lucky, he was just born with this natural God-given talent, and I wasn't and I really wish I was.” When they talk to, they interview people, who knew Jimmy growing up and they knew him during his formative years.

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They knew him during the unit before he became super famous and many of them mentioned how it didn't matter where he was going. You know just going to hang out with friends, or going to a restaurant or going to a social gathering or you know, going back and forth to work or whatever, Jimi Hendrix always had his guitar. One of the Jimmy's old girlfriend said that it was, I don't know if she was annoyed by it or if it was quirky.

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But everywhere he went, be had his guitar, and if he had a break, a break in the conversation or a break in whatever, he would go over and he’d practice. He would practice constantly, for hours and hours and hours. He took the guitar everywhere with him. That was the level of dedication that he had to learning the guitar.

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Yeah, I told you this leave your guitar out. I don't expect you guys, and I know many of you don't have guitars, are around guitars, you don't care about the subject of guitars. What is it that you're looking to master in your life. What do you want to get better at? What area of endeavor, or field of endeavor, do you want to master? I use a guitar as an example, when I say “leave your guitar out”.

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If you're just starting out, and you put the guitar away, you practice for you know, the 30 minutes that your instructor told you to practice, and then you put it in the case and you put in your closet, what happens? Well, if it's new to you, it's not a habit, and so it's very, very easy for you to fall back into your old lifestyle and just to forget that that guitar is there. But if you leave it out, I know it might get dusty, buy a Swiffer and dust it off.

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If you leave the guitar out, I have this habit of sticking- I own a guitar and I have this habit of sticking my guitar in a padded chair. There's a padded reading chair in my office, and I'll take the guitar and I'll just put it in the chair when I'm not sitting in it, and it's there. My wife said “Why don’t you put that thing in the case? It’s just sitting out.” Like yeah, I know, it’s sitting out on purpose. I want it to be sitting out, because I want to see it, because if I see it, I'll think “You know what? I should pick that thing up and I should practice.”

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So rather than, you know if you guys are out there like “Well, you know, I've got a schedule and my instructor says 30 minutes a day to practice this dink-dink-dink-dink-dink.” and if you just do that 30 minutes a day, or 30 minutes every other day or what-have-you. You're probably going to pick up some songs and start to get good. But if it's there, and you see it, you think “I got some time on my hands, I got 15 minutes. I'm waiting for dinner to get ready, so I don't want to get involved in anything else because if I get involved in it, dinner will be ready in 15-20 minutes, so what am I going to do?”

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Pick up the guitar, and the guitar could be anything. Doesn't have to just be a guitar, any area of endeavor that you're looking to master. Maybe you're trying to master a language, or maybe you're trying to, you know, trying to learn or educate yourself on one subject or another. So you have, let's say you have a very thick textbook, and it is everything you need to know about that subject, but it's It's pretty heavy tome.

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Keep it right there, and when you have 10 minutes, 15 minutes, pick it up read 5 Pages, read 10 pages, what have you. But leave your guitar out, and the other end of the story about Hendrix taking the guitar everywhere with him, how many young people in our world today have that kind of dedication? That kind of drive, motivation, that dedication, and Hendricks was humble.

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He was a very humble person, if you watch his interviews, he didn't he didn't like when people through out the words “musical genius” or “master” or what-have-you. Because he always felt that he could be better, and he was pretty good. So if you want to achieve Mastery, if you're on the road to Mastery, Leave your Guitar Out. Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I am your host Paul Markel, that's it for today's Morning Mindset. I'll talk to you again, real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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