As a child and young adult, I was most definitely afraid of conflict and competition. One of my favorite sayings—which also served as an excuse not to try—was “competition makes losers of all but a few.”
In a recent blog (What Is a Four-String Banjo?), I momentarily touched on a concept that I think deserves its own stand-alone blog: “Authenticity.”
As I have often stated in my blogs, I write to affect change and growth. In my wildest dreams, these changes would be in the banjo world itself.
What is a four-string banjo? Well, everybody knows that the banjo is that strange round guitar, best known for its 15 minutes of infamy in the movie Deliverance.
Hi, I’m Ron, and I’m a perfectionist. There, I’ve said it! I feel better already! Of course I write in order to figure myself out; the banjo is simply a cover of “legitimacy,” a public rationale for writing down and exposing my private thoughts and feelings.
As you undoubtedly know–if you know me or have read more than one of my blogs–I play the four-string banjo; this means I do not play Bluegrass, and may take offense (or at least frustration) if you request Dueling Banjos!
After many years of spinning my wheels as a banjoist, I have been on a steep improvement track the last several years, and I couldn’t be happier! A lot of hard work and study has gone into this improvement, not the least of which has been in figuring out just how to cause it.
This is the blog that I’ve been working up to writing for the last three years; this is the subject that has had the most impact on my life (as a banjoist and a human). This is pretty much the explanation of who I am and the gist of what I hope to over-come and be-come.
When I was younger—until fairly recently actually—I had the attitude that I was powerless to do anything about, well. . .anything!
I recently heard a story on NPR about technology addiction and the diminishing human attention span; one of the fascinating things discussed was the fact that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish (goldfish – 9 seconds, humans – 8 seconds).