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What Elton John Taught Me About House Cleaning
Did I ever tell you what Elton John taught me about house cleaning? Now, I’ve never met Elton John. So I’m going to start out by saying that, but I’ve been a fan of his work since the day I was born.
Now, one of the most interesting things about Elton John is the year I was born, he had a song at the top of the charts. Then he consistently had a song at the top of the charts all through my entire youth.
So everywhere we went, playing on all the different radio stations, inside stores, shopping centers, elevators, was Elton John music.
I Grew Up Listening To Elton John
So, I grew up listening to the ballads, the hymns, the whimsical songs, the fun songs and the songs that had a lot of jazz and pizzazz to them. I was enamored that he had such a wide range of ability in his music. So as a child, I was fascinated by the man and his music.
When I was in my 30s, I went to my very first Elton John concert. Now at the time I already had a house cleaning business, and this is where the connection comes in. Now you know if you’ve been in the business for very long, there are days where you get burned out. Where you start to hate your job and you start to hate your customers, and the cleaning toilets become very routine.
And you’re like, “Oh, why am I doing this? And you want to go do something else?” So put that on the back burner for a second. Let’s get back to the concert.
Elton John Has Had Tons of Quality Content
Now, for all the years since I’ve been alive, and we’re talking about 30 years already up to this point, Elton John had a song at the top of the charts and he had albums that he kept producing over and over and over. He stayed his own flashy self.
Lots of content, lots of music, lots of beautiful stuff. Some weird stuff, some zany stuff, all different kinds of stuff. But what was really interesting to me is when I went to my first concert, it was packed. There were cars that were waiting in line for forever to get to the concert.
Then there was a problem with the parking, and they had all these parking attendants that were trying to shuffle people in and looking for extra parking spaces. People parking up on the curbs, the people that were coming couldn’t get enough of what they were about to see.
Elton John Got Started Right Away
Then the concert started, and it was a very simple concert where there’s wasn’t even an opening band. Elton John come out on stage and he said, “Guys, I know you’re here for the music. Let’s get started, shall we?”
And he sat down and started playing. I thought “There’s no warm up act?” He opened for himself. And it was fantastic. He was a rockstar.
Everyone in the audience was singing along and everyone, including myself, knew all the words to all the songs. And we were participating in the magic that he created for us. And as I sat there watching the crowd, I felt the magnetism in the air, and the enthusiasm that was present in that concert.
Elton John was My Mentor
He was my mentor, because he showed me a very valuable lesson. Here he was after 30 years, up on the platform performing as if it was his first performance. This was all about passion. It was all about drive. It was the pleasure he could bring to this moment. And he had been singing these songs every day for 30 years.
So, in that moment I stopped, and I thought, “Am I bringing to my job the same passion and the same drive this man brings to his music?” And as I looked around it and I saw, I couldn’t afford an Elton John concert until this moment of my life.
It was very expensive. But one of the things that I learned was that everybody that was there was a follower. They were a believer. They enjoyed the music. He loved his music so much. He gave permission to all these people in this huge, massive arena, permission to love his work as well.
Elton John Taught Me to Bring Enthusiasm
And as I sat there saying to myself, “I’ve fallen short. When I show up for my job, sometimes I hate my job. And sometimes I hate the customers and sometimes I’m miserable. And sometimes I’m grouchy when I show up to work.
What could happen if I showed up every day with the same enthusiasm as if it was my first day on the job? What if I brought that same verve and excitement? What if I loved my job so much that the people that I worked for, I gave them permission as well to love my work?“
As I left that concert, I left with a renewed enthusiasm for my cleaning business. Not because Elton and I ever connected on a personal level, and not because I ever cleaned his house. It’s because, at the moment that I actually connected with him, I saw the magic of success. And the magic of the success was him showing up every single day as if it was his first.
Elton John Brings 110% to Every Show
Now I’ve gone to several Elton John concerts since then, and as he’s got older he has stopped dancing around on the tops of pianos, upside down and backward.
He’s changed his performance, but every performance, he brings 110% of everything he has to that moment.
He’s in the moment and he loves what he does. And as a result, it makes me love what he does as well.
Live In the Moment With Your Business
I’m going to encourage you if you’re in a place in your business where you got to hate it a little bit. Or maybe you’re kind of grumpy, or you’re going through the motions, stop for a second and ask yourself this question.
What could happen if I treated my job today, as if it was the first time, I’d ever done it, and I brought that same verve, vigor, and enthusiasm to my performance on this job? What could that do for your business?
Anyway, it changed my business, changed my life. I’m still a ginormous fan. I think I have all his albums. I have them all on iTunes. And I listen to them whenever I get a chance. But has it been easy for him? The answer is no. He’s a normal person who has all the different trials and tribulations like you, but when he shows up for the performance, he’s there. Resources
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