Drink to you!

Cheers to you in 2019When you truly master a skill, it is a thing of beauty that you love to watch.  

Like this story.

Dustin Hoffman was filming the movie Papillon in Jamaica, when Paul McCartney and his wife were vacationing there.  Paul snuck onto the set in order to meet Dustin and later that night they had dinner.  

Dustin had heard that Paul could write a song about anything.  He didn’t believe it, so he laid down the challenge.  Dustin then pulled out a magazine article about the death of Pablo Picasso. 

That article quoted Picasso last words, “Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can't drink anymore.”  

Paul picked up his guitar, sat down, and a few minutes later the song, Drink to Me, was born. 

Amazing, right?

Even though I can’t play the guitar, watching this could inspire you to write my own song.


One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to jump into something new and expect to be operating at a high level.  And I understand why.  

Because when someone truly masters something, they make it look easy.  Which makes us think we can do it at that level too.  

What you didn’t see were the years of hard work.  This is where they learned the fundamentals like the front of their iPhone.  Endured many trials by fire.  And how to go around, over, or through the obstacles in your way.  

All of that practice and knowledge makes their work look effortless.  Especially when you see the magic happen right before your eyes. 

This is the time of year, when we look forward to what we want to accomplish in the coming year.  And the skills we will need to make it a reality.

My unsolicited advice would be to take a deep dive in the fundamentals of what you want to accomplish.  Learn the basics so well that they become second nature.  Even if you have all the ability in the world.

You’ll be more successful early on and you’ll be more likely to be seen as an expert.

This is the last of my lessons from Paul’s recent interview with Howard Stern.  I hope this was a fun for you as it was for me.  

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

I’ll be back in your inbox early in 2019, ready to hit the ground running.  

P.S.  If you need help with real estate over the holidays, I’ll be in town.  Don’t hesitate to give me a call. 

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