I was quite taken with a recent blog post in Music Career Juice on how musicians should not look to businesses as a model for how to operate but instead to aspire to be expressive energy grids – generating, transforming and distributing energy continually. Since I teach musicians how to create career success, this got me thinking more about the kind of energy that one brings to a situation in order to be successful.
We have all heard about “negative” and “positive” energy. Think of what it is like to be surrounded by a group of people who complain and bemoan the state of the world, which we hear a lot of these days in the world of the arts: orchestras like Philadelphia declaring bankruptcy, fewer spots available in orchestras, the weak economy. I could go on but I don’t want to add to the doom and gloom! That’s what negative energy can do-bring you down. And because energy is transferred, if enough people in the room are spinning out negativity, it tends to drag down others.
Let’s look at another scenario: