27 January 2017

Have you seen the latest viral video that’s being shared all over the world of a father and his three-year-old daughter singing ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’?

It’s had more than three million views and is honestly quite remarkable; it really shows how music brings us together.

It certainly struck a chord with me. Music is my first love and was my first real business venture back in the 1990s. Music was my life from a very early age, having been lucky enough to win a scholarship to a music school in Durham where I’d write song after song at the piano, constantly humming or tapping a new tune.

I’m lucky enough to have been able to share this with my daughters, who regularly join me around the piano in our home, in a hotel lobby or wherever I can find one!

I believe that music gave me the confidence that I would otherwise have lacked following a less than successful academic start to life. It gave me an outlet to express myself and collaborate with others – it still does.

Music gives us the ability to make people melt, to bring tears to their eyes and to make them dance like it is their last night on earth! There’s nothing like it. I honestly believe that having music in your life is essential to becoming a great business person.

Learning to play an instrument develops key qualities like the persistence to continue, to keep practising; the confidence to perform and share your creations with others; creativity and having conviction in your ideas and key communication skills. It also gives you the ability to bring great joy to others, which is a wonderful skill to have.

What do you think? Does music impact business abilities?

In the meantime, here’s the viral video that sparked this post:

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