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100 Ways to Motivate Others by Chandler Steve

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51. First, Just Relax

A frightened captain makes a frightened crew.

—Lister Sinclair, playwright and broadcaster

The great music teacher and motivator of artists Rodney Mercado had a simple recipe for success. He said, “There are only two principles that you need to get to play great music or to live a great life: concentration and relaxation. And that’s it. That is it.”

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Scott Richardson recalls this remark and what he said back to Mercado: “What? That doesn’t have anything to do with music!”

“It has everything to do with music.”

And the way he taught relaxation was: “You need to have the maximum relaxation. For instance, if you want to play faster, ...

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