[Update] Switched embedded videos and changed the second paragraph. JKR will reappear in the next post.

I’m always curious about people who say things like “I’m not a details person” or “I only do ‘bigger picture’ stuff”. Every successful person I know or have seen/read about shares a similar trait – attention to detail. That doesn’t mean running around dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’ in an eternal paranoia of missing something. It means always being on the alert, spotting patterns and anomalies that warrant attention. I met with one of my business mentors (a self-made multi-millionaire) on Friday. He came out to meet me as I parked my car. And his first comment was: “What’s hanging off your car?” The door seal is what’s hanging off my car, waiting to be glued back on. Most people don’t even notice it…

There are musicians, and then there are truly great musicians. Talent alone is not enough. Attention to detail sets them apart. I remember watching a Madonna concert back in the early 1990s. She performed a routine, seamlessly removing debris from the stage as if it were part of the choreography. Here’s another great performer who never accepted ‘good enough’ (you’ll see why in the first 40 seconds of the video):

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