May 26, 2008

Getting Along With Each Other

By David Lopez

Last week at a pastor’s conference, I had the honor and privilege to play along side guitarist Steve Marcia (MercyMe, Shane & Shane, Phil Wickham, Tommy Walker, Vicky Beeching, Evan Wickham, The Kry, Adam Watts, and Jadon Lavik, to name a few).

While at lunch, Steve and I discussed the “attitude” that sometimes arises when two guitarists share the same stage.

Sadly, either we have been a recipient of the “attitude”, or we have been the ones to dish it out.

After embarking on a full time music career, I quickly realized that I was due for an attitude adjustment in the area of working with people.  I picked up and read a copy of Dale Carngie’s bestseller, How To Win Friends & Influence People.

The first principle I learned from this book is that one’s technical knowledge and ability plays a very small part in achieving a successful career.

Of course the “chops” have to exist, but again, they are only a small part of the equation.

The book goes on to state that the ability to work with other people is a person’s most valuable asset.  It also goes on to say, if you do not develop the ability to work with others, a “lonely road” awaits you.

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJ) says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…”

So, if you want a successful music career, start off on the right foot and just be friendly.

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