Your looks matter – Is it?
It was a cold Morning in Washington DC and a young man took a violin out of its case and brought it to his shoulder to a playing position. He wasn’t looking that great, wearing just a simple jeans and a T-shirt. He was wearing a baseball cap and had a wavy brown hair.
After tuning his violin to perfection, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a few dollars, which he threw into the violin case, with the hopes that perhaps a few passers-by might do the same. It was a busy morning in L’Enfant Plaza metro station where the young man began to play.
Thousands of people were on their way to work, school, home, or wherever they were going. And it was noisy – trains coming and going and the rush of the crowd, many on their cellphones chattering away. Yet through the busyness, the sound of this man’s violin filled the metro station.
It was impossible to ignore.
Or was it?
Over 43 minutes, more than 1,000 people walked through the doors where Joshua Bell was playing. And if he was any other busker, perhaps it would have been insignificant that he received just a handful of change and the attention of just a few people.
But Joshua Bell wasn’t just any busker. He was… and is… perhaps the world’s most renowned violinist. And he was playing one of the most difficult pieces ever composed. And that piece was being played on a $3 million violin that emitted one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
Yet almost nobody noticed…Why?
Because he didn’t look like anyone special…
Folks, this is how people treat you when you don’t present yourself in the way that you should. At times, we neglect to take care of our personal brand and it is only “we” who can make ourselves special!