Tom Petty Wonders If He’s Ever Written A Song Before

“Songs are kind of mystical and magical, there’s not a formula that brings them around, I don’t have a concrete method of doing it. Sometimes I sit down and wonder if I’ve ever done it before.” – singer/songwriter Tom Petty in a Billboard interview

That’s a familiar feeling – whether literally writing a song, or writing a blog post, a newsletter, practicing music, designing a program, there is often that period of sitting down and wondering if I’ve ever done it before. And more poignantly, I wonder how I’ll be able to do it this time.

It helps to remember all the times I have done it before. Thanks to persistence, it’s a well-trodden path. I’ve written many songs. I haven’t written a new one in years, but when I return I have a body of work to positively remind me

The kind of self-talk you do at the beginning of any project will either ease your way or make it more challenging. You can either feel the overwhelm, get scared and stop. Or you can remember when you’ve done it before. And if you’ve done it before you can do it again.


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

Play the Blues – As featured on NPR and in The Meeting Professional 
Learn to play the blues harmonica in just two hours! Each team member will receive their own harmonica, a copy of Blues Harmonica for Beginners book and play-a-long CD. Within minutes you will be playing a real blues song together. The grand finale features your team as the stars performing an original blues song that you have created together!
Give the Kids Music – Learn to play and build musical instruments and then give the gift of music to underserved children.
Music of Teams – Music of Teams links music and the effective team and transforms your people into musicians of their work.
Build a Team Song - Write, record and perform an amazing team theme song.
Guitar Heroes – Learn to perform a classic rock song together on guitars in two hours – even if you’ve never touched a guitar before!
Bang On My Drum All Day – Get in sync with one another and drum up good business practices.
Sing the Blues – Learn the basics of singing the blues and then as a team write and perform a song backed by real blues musicians!
Rock Band Inc. – “So you wanna be a rock n’ roll star?” Imagine your team, playing all the instruments, and sounding amazing!
Name That Tune! – Guess the song and more in a fun music team building activity that everyone can play.
American Corporate Idol – Rewrite the lyrics to a famous song and perform it.
Music Networking Fun – Getting to know you in a fun music team building activity that everyone can play.
Networking Music Dinner – Getting to know you over dinner with a fun, musical theme.

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