Mozart: genius or grafter?

As we approach Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s birthday on January 27th, you will be hearing a lot about him in the media.

At four years old, Mozart absorbed music like a sponge. He had already begun to play the piano and violin. His father, Leopold Mozart, watched as his young child learnt to write music in the correct way (note perfect).  Leopold taught the young Mozart to compose.

Wolfgang composed his first song at the age of five. At the age of six, he was touring Europe, performing for royalty. He wrote his first opera at the age of 12.

Mozart had perfect pitch and a deep love of music. He also had a patient, disciplined and hard working father who developed his talents.

Mozart’s self perception was that he was a worker. He drafted and rewrote his work continuously.  He regularly attended concerts and met and talked to musicians wherever he went. He also listened to a huge range of music.

Regardless of your age, background or education – you can achieve great things. The magic ingredients are a love of learning and persistence.

Yes, Mozart was a genius. But he has also a grafter.

Written by marketing consultant, trainer, speaker and author Nigel Temple.
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