A Facebook discussion forum for media composers recently had a conversation about “starting points”. How do you deal with the fact that some composers may have more connections, resources, or advantages than you do?

It developed into a conversation about perseverance and attitude, and reminded me of an experience that taught me about “creating luck”.

Years ago in Boston I was walking with a college buddy to dinner somewhere. I said let’s take Commonwealth Ave, a quiet street. He said no way, if we walk on Newbury Street we’re more likely to run into somebody we know.

We took Newbury, and sure enough ran into a couple of women our age whom we’d met once or twice before. Spur of the moment, they joined us for dinner, making the whole thing a lot more fun.

I remember my friend’s wise counsel that night often, to remind myself to be consciously open and create possibilities. Whatever our relative starting points, it’s a long road for all of us. I figure if I’m trying to get somewhere, it might as well be by Newbury Street.

Posted 2 years ago by John Piscitello

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