September 10

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Working with What You’ve Got

It's easy to get wrapped up in the material things.

People in audio engineering pine for the most expensive, industry-standard microphones. But, there are plenty of people creating entire albums with a $50 microphone. 

Or maybe not using a microphone at all.

People in video recording want that latest, greatest camera or editing/effects software. Then they'll be ready to create great things!

Meanwhile, there are plenty of people creating, editing, and publishing videos on their phones. Every day.

In college, I was broke. So I worked 40 hours a week bartending and practiced until 2am many nights. Not as ideal as having all my bills and rent taken care of for me.

But, it worked. And I learned lots of things about resilience.

It's a well-known statistic that 80% of businesses go bankrupt within the first five years.

Most of the time, it's because they didn't work with what they had. Instead, they went into debt to get what they wanted before they were making any money.

And when you can't pay your debt back, that's when you file bankruptcy.

You can always work with what you've got. Whether you're limited in supplies, money, manpower, or even people who believe in you. 

With enough creativity, you can make it work.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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