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The Practical Drucker by William A. Cohen

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CHAPTER  |  FIVE

Three Principles for Developing Yourself

Once a serious musician, Peter Drucker studied music composition under Austrian composer Anton Webern. Drucker knew he was progressing pretty well, but he got carried away with his success and wanted to compose what are known as “variations” at the same level as his instructor. His teacher chided him. “Peter, it took a genius like Joseph Haydn thirty years to attain the skill level to try what you propose. You will never be a Haydn, yet you want to do this though you have been at it less than thirty days.”

After a year of work, Webern allowed Drucker to try a single, simple variation, cautioning him to be careful. Drucker proudly presented the product of his work. After examining the ...

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