Make A Difference

– Posted in: Biz Booster Hot Tip! Goals & Planning
Make A Difference - by Jeri Goldstein     

Does your art make a difference in other people’s lives?

A few years ago I met a couple walking their large husky puppy. He was wearing his brand new halter, walking calmly, not pulling his person, not straining against his collar. He was instant-good-dog and his people were effusive as they thanked me for the info on the halter I recommended. They said their lives are forever changed as was their dog’s.

I was thrilled to know that I had unintentionally made a difference in their lives. It felt great to know that both the dog and his people would be enjoying much more satisfying walks for the rest of their lives together.

It was a brief encounter, a short conversation a few days earlier, yet the impact was huge. Who knew then, the value that brief conversation would have.

As you begin the new year, plan on celebrating those brief encounters that could possibly make a difference in someone’s life. Pay attention to all the opportunities open to you to make a difference.

As an artist, sharing your art publicly gives you multiple opportunities to make a difference in many people’s lives although you may not ever know about it. Even though you may not get a thank you or have a moment when someone shares their story of how your art impacted their life, create for the love of giving and delight in the moments when sharing.

There are times when I’ll get a note from an artist who expresses thanks for my books or an article they read of mine. They’ll share some details of how it made a difference in their touring or their business and I am always thrilled to know that my efforts were helpful.

I celebrate those moments. I hope you will as well. I wish you many more opportunities to share your art and make a difference in many people’s lives during the year to come.

It continues to be my honor to work with you and I shall celebrate your creativity throughout the new year and please know that you continue to make a difference in my life.

Thank you and here’s to your success, health and a Happy New Year.

Has anyone told you how your music or arts has made a difference in their life?

Leave me a comment below or on the Performingbiz Success Strategies Facebook page

I can’t wait to hear about your success.

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3 comments… add one
  • Carmen Tellez December 31, 2018, 12:49 pm

    Good morning Jeri,

    This “Make-a-difference” Biz Booster was so delightful and insightful that I shared the link to my buddies on the FB group “Party Business Think Tank. Sharing is caring right? Enjoy! and Thank you! HAH’ppy New Year Jeri!!!

    Carmen Tellez

  • Greg Parke December 31, 2018, 1:22 pm

    Yes, my music has made a difference in someone’s life! Last summer, I was performing at an outdoor gig, and I noticed two ladies seated near the front of the stage, obviously engaged in a very serious, emotional conversation. I started playing one of my original songs, and soon they stopped their conversation and instead got very interested in my song. I found out later that they were a mother and daughter, and the mother had just told the daughter that she had terminal cancer and only had a few months to live. The daughter sent me an email saying that my song had lifted their spirits, and gave them a feeling of hope. A short time later, I recieved another email, saying that the mother was in hospice, and her dying wish was to be able to hear my song one more time before she died. They were only a few hours away from me, so I drove to where the daughter lived, and gave her a copy of my CD with that song, and offered to go to the hospice and play that song in person for her mom. The mom passed away before I was able to play for her, but she did get to hear the song again on CD before she passed. I think of them every time I play that song, and it is a constant reminder of how much other people can be affected by what we as musicians do. A very humbling experience!

  • Dina Blade January 2, 2019, 2:40 am

    I keep a kudos file for all compliments I receive. It is easy to cut one from an email and paste it onto the page. I read them whenever I need a boost or question myself and the reasons I am doing a specific artistic thing. Helps me move forward.

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