It looks like Benjamin Zander. If you do nothing else today please watch this 20 minute video of him at a TED conference, and ask yourself, “How would it feel to have so much passion about something, anything?”
in addition to his unbridled passion for classical music and his natural sense of humor in conveying it, take note of the following:
- The role of language in creating a new way of “seeing,” or more accurately in this case “listening.” Mr. Zander uses language to teach us how to experience classical music and in so doing creates a new reality for the listener who perhaps thinks he doesn’t like classical music. Through his words, Mr. Zander teaches how to listen newly to what went unnoticed before.
- His comment about leadership. A leader must project unwavering confidence in the ability of his followers to achieve what the leader is describing.
- His example of the question the classical music industry asks of themselves vs. the question he poses about growing the audience for classical music. It’s a great example of what I often teach: asking the right questions is more important than knowing the right answers.
- Your idea of retirement. This is not at all the subject of the video, but take a good look at this man and ask yourself “When will this guy retire?” Mr. Zander is the picture of myself as I wish to be at his age and beyond. Re-“tire” is a left over from a time when people worked like machines to match the power driven machines of the industrial revolution. Work was about trading your time doing something you did not care about for money. That’s no longer required in the world of today. Today we can create our work, our career out of self-expression, and passion. Why would you ever want to stop doing what you’re passionate about?
Admire his energy and enjoy his humor and joie de vivre. (Thanks Sean for sharing this.)