Sting: A Boy and His Guitar

A boy sits in his room with his beat up guitar. The strings are rusty and it’s severely out of tune.

Yet he plays.

Next door is what’s supposed to be his future, a shipyard where the locals work. It’s noisy and dangerous but getting a job there is competitive. Some of the largest ships in the world are built there.

As the boy plays his guitar, he dreams of a brighter future filled with music, large audiences and awards. It is a dream that’s completely farfetched and crazy. How can a boy with that background become a rock star?

Where would he be if Sting believed that he was destined to work in a shipyard? And what do you think he did after he went years with writer’s block? In this TED Talk he shares with us how his thinking changed that allowed him to become a rock star (you’ll never guess who inspired him) and what he did to write music again.

As you watch this, consider a couple of questions. What do you have in common with that boy, what is your equivalent of being a rock star and what do you need to do to shine?

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