Life lessons from a flaming piano
Dr. Marti Smye is a best-selling author and mentor to business leaders around the world. She also happened to have an unusual childhood. This was mostly due to her father who most people would say was “eccentric.” For example, both her brother and her Dad are also named Marti.
Marti’s Mom was more conventional. Her only wish was for her children to learn to play the piano. The piano sat on the back porch. The worst part of the day for Marti and her brother was practice time. Like most kids, playing the piano felt like torture and they trodded along for months.
Her brother hated playing it so much that he wore a football helmet in silent protest during practice.
One day, Marti’s Dad said to her brother, “You really hate playing that, don’t you?”
So he hooked a chain up to the piano, drug it into the yard and said, “Go get your mother.”
Marti was in the kitchen with her mother, when her brother came in the house yelling, “Mom LOOK!”
They both ran into the backyard and saw flames leaping into the air from the piano with Marti Sr. standing next to it.
He had poured diesel fuel over the piano and set it on fire.
Their father calmly turned to them and explained, “I want my children to know that if it ain’t fun, don’t do it.”
It’s a lesson that she never forgot.
Like Marti Sr., Fun is a value that I embrace in both life and business.
When you work hard to meet goals and overcome obstacles, it is the fun times that get you through the tough moments.
It’s one of the reasons why I write this post every weekday.
My goal is to bring a smile to your face while delivering valuable information.
If you have as much fun reading these posts as I do writing them, then let me know in the comments below.
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