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Jorja Fleezanis

Friday, 31 January 2014

The violinist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music offers some words of wisdom

Allow your lifeguard to do its job. It makes it possible for you to follow your destiny

Use your instinct. It’s the little voice that urges you to reconsider decisions such as 'Should I play in a concert in city A when I’ll be three time zones away the day before the first rehearsal?” or “Should I do that audition so close to the last one?' It can also be an inner alarm clock that goes off and suggests that it’s time for a new challenge or to tackle a new work.

When such questions surface, stop, look both ways, consider – then decide. This gives instinct a chance to be your lifeguard. It could tell you that no good will come of this or that, or it could fuel your move towards uncharted challenges. Allow your lifeguard to do its job. It makes it possible for you to follow your destiny knowing why you are doing something and what’s supposed to happen next.

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