Short-term wins

The first song that Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote together was Desperado. Henley is quoted as saying it was important for them to write something good early on, to make them feel like they could do it, that they could be good at this together.

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In August 2008, what would turn out to be one of the greatest club sides the world has ever seen – Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, failed to win their first two matches under their new rookie coach. Guardiola hadn’t achieved the early win he thought he needed to convince the team that his way was the right way, and it took the intervention of Andres Iniesta, one of the team’s leaders, to reassure Guardiola that he was doing the right thing and that the team believed in him.

My experience as a piano teacher has shown that when students first arrive, they love the thrill of being able to work out a melody for themselves, or learning how to play a song in full. As they progress however, it becomes more important for them to understand music better and to be able to use their creativity in arranging songs for themselves.

Don’t discount the importance of short-term wins. They are important goals to achieve in order to build confidence in the long-term process.

Don’t be too reliant on them either however – as the name suggests, they don’t last long.

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