Tom Petty On A Good Song And Breaking the Rules

“A good song should give you a lot of images, you should be able to make your own little movie in your head to a good song. But not everything gets offered up as a single. The radio has so many rules, and songs don’t.” – singer/songwriter Tom Petty in a Billboard interview

Passion trumps rules. Innovation trumps rules. Not everything you create is for everyone. This post isn’t going to be for everyone. Everyone doesn’t matter, but someone does. Not everything gets offered up for mass consumption. But keep offering your unique best for someone. Let ‘everyone’ and ‘radio’ figure itself out.


Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s team building and team development activities:

StrengthsFinder – Gallup’s online assessment of unique top five strengths. Learn your team’s strengths and learn how to put them into action.
Strengths At Work – Gallup research says less than 20 percent of us have the opportunity to do what we do best everyday. Learn how to put your strengths in play for consistent, near-perfect performance.
At Your Best – Explore how to give your best and play to your strengths for sustained individual success.
Strong Management – Strengths based training for managers to help their people be at their best.
Innovator’s Quest – How can we inspire a culture of innovation? How can we take risks, be bold and allow for ‘mistakes’ that have the potential for great leaps in productivity?

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