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Appreciate Your Abilities

WEEK 2 – JULY 2009

When working with athletes and performers, one powerful exercise I get everyone to do is to acknowledge their talents and skills and really appreciate their abilities. As a little exercise this week, take time to make sure you do just that, no matter what field you are in.

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists of all time, was about to perform before a sold-out house. He walked out on stage to a huge ovation and felt that something was terribly wrong. Suddenly, he realized that he had the violin belonging to someone else in his hands. Horrified, but knowing that he had no other choice he began.

That day, he gave the performance of his life. After the concert Paganini reflected to a fellow musician, “Today, I learned the most important lesson of my career.”

“Before Today” he said “I thought the music was in the violin; today I learned that the music is in me.”

Your successes are within you. Obtain knowledge from the outside; however realize that the music is in you.

Go Forth and Play!

Wishing you a fun, playful week.

Lots of love


Ann Quinn, Ph.D

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