What We Can Learn From Elephants!!

Kenny's Tip of the Day - What We Can Learn From Elephants!!

There’s a very interesting story about elephants or more specifically, circus elephants that tells the sad story about how we can defeat our own progress. And it goes something like this:

Did you ever see a circus elephant walking in line with just a small rope or thin chain keeping him or her from breaking free and running away? Did you ever wonder why that is? Surely this big, beautiful and powerful creature can break away from these inept barriers. Right?

That’s the saddest part of all. When a baby elephant joins the circus, they are given these tiny ropes or chains to keep them from escaping. Being a baby elephant, they don’t know any better so they try as hard as they can to escape. But they can’t. The ropes or chains they are tied to keep them from breaking free.

Over time, they get bigger and more powerful but they also have a great memory. To a fault. So they don’t try to escape anymore because they remember what happened when they were babies. That they couldn’t escape the situation they were in. So they don’t even TRY. This is why a huge elephant can be contained by such a thin and puny rope.

How does this apply to us? To a songwriter, musician, producer or mixer? We also have great memories. We also have experienced fear and rejection. It stinks. We’re crafty and intelligent and we can figure out many different ways to avoid that feeling again. Who can blame us?

But the truth is, we’re also learning every day. We’re getting better at our craft. And there will come a day where we are as good as anyone in this profession. And we can’t allow ourselves to be like those elephants. Those sad circus elephants who don’t realize that the world and themselves are changing. And that what we couldn’t do yesterday, has nothing to do with what we can do today. Or tomorrow.

If you’re better, you need to keep putting yourself out there. The response to your craft will be different and you need to forget or resist the feeling you add before you knew what you were really doing. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia