How I used Music to Motivate the Youth to Become More Productive
If there is a line that I can clearly draw is one between ‘challenge’ and ‘reward’. I belong to that classical school of thought that everything good that happens does so out of efforts; I don’t believe in sheer luck. I believe that you have to work onto something, dedicate all your time, mind and tireless efforts in order to achieve something great, commendable and desirable. Actually I believe that there is no free lunch.
In other words, what has worth is worthy to die for. You need to do some sacrifices to perfect that which you love and will go miles for it. In essence, I know that I’m not the damn billionaire roaming North America (maybe will never be), but I’m never motivated by money, but the sheer desire to live a purposeful life. To be able to mentor others and be exemplary in that which I partake. To accomplish that, I have this rule that I have to be clearly motivated and spirited to work for that. And, like I said, great rewards come after the sacrifice of undertaking great challenges successfully.
Being a motivation speaker who has risen from the dust, through grass and to some grace, I felt the urge to give my best to my audience whom composed of different local youths in my home town. I’ve been used to the life of moving from college to college, to local events as well as being a guest at several local functions involving the youths of whom I knew I was tasked of guiding them to a better future by offering ‘life-saving’ options.
Being used to almost the same audience for a while, though the context that we shared ranged, I felt the need to re-invent myself. As a matter of facts, I was getting bored to the usual speeches and mode of presentation that I was using.
Using Music to Convey Messages Increased the Engagement of my Audience
That’s when I decided to join a music college. Essentially, I wanted to undertake a course through which I could practice some challenging lesson of playing difficult instruments – you can always bet that anything which challenges the mind has a relative effect of increasing its participation and thinking.
That’s how I got to learn how to play the violin. Ask any musician and you will realize how challenging playing these string instruments can be. As much as you try to be the best you will always realize that there is something new to learn. You will need countless hours of learning and practicing (especially if like me music is not your thing), but there is the glory of knowing the importance of what you are doing.
The music sessions not only gave me time to get rejuvenated, but I realized that playing the instrument while addressing my audience helped break the monotony between the sessions. I would intermittent play it after talking of a couple of hours as I gave the youth time to ponder what they had learnt. In turn, I realize that more insight was sinking into them as they had time to reflect on what they had already heard from me. Therefore their engagement not only rose up, but I could notice that they were ready to take a positive step. There are incidences when a person in my audience would request that we take a ‘music time-out’.
Playing Musical Instruments Helped Me Strengthen my Personality
The beginner’s level may have not been a challenge but as I advanced, there was a lot that I needed to learn. This made me be more focused and attentive to the lessons that I was attending and eventually I realized that I was too re-developing my personality.
There are always important lessons in life and the most important is to learn and understand what a particular situation or event means. I realized that I had to change my approach of addressing the youth because maybe not all of them were getting the point that I always drove home at the numerous seminars where I was the speaker.
The more I was inquisitive in the higher level of playing the violin, bothering my tutor to help me learn more, was replica to the several life-solving and solution-seeking situations that I faced with my audience. The way I wanted special help to become good was the same way that those youths out there needed help to clearly see the real-life perception of the world. True to my music lesson, I worked towards that and soon, I could see positive change in a community where the youth had a high school drop-out rate as well as use of drugs and increase in crimes.