If there is one thing that separates successful people and unsuccessful ones, it’s one thing. Grit.

Successful people have failed in the past. Somewhere along the line, things didn’t work out the way they had hoped they were going to. But, these individuals learned from the experience and moved on with their careers. Ask any percussionist out there that has a good job and/or a following that has a lot of respect for them. From what I’ve found, they will laughingly fill you in on occasions where they have failed.

At the end of this video, Angela shares the growth-mindset principle to teach grit. This is great, but I have another idea to add to it. Teach grit by example. Be the instructor who shows up every single day. Be the instructor who takes extra gigs. Be the teacher who continues to practice. Be the teacher who relentlessly pursues the next level for themselves and their program.

In short, show up.


Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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