Steve Miller was blessed with two very unique relationships early in life. His dad, George, was a doctor by day and amateur recording engineer in his spare time. George was close friends with a man named Les Paul, who just happened to be the pioneer behind the electric guitar and multi-track recording. Les Paul became young Steve Miller’s godfather, and when Steve was five Les taught him a few chords on the guitar. Les Paul would have a tremendous impact on the young guitar player. A few years later, Steve’s father was asked to help record an album by blues musician T-Bone Walker, one of the first blues musicians to wail away on the electric guitar. Watching his dad at work in the studio, Steve was deeply influenced by yet another musical legend.
We all have people that come in and out of our lives, seemingly for no reason at all. But often there is a reason. These apparently random interactions often contain the information, intelligence, or encouragement you need to take the next step in your evolution.
Greatness never happens in a vacuum. Greatness, in music and in business, comes from partnerships, relationships, the sharing of ideas, learning of lessons, and the skill to build upon the successes of others.
Watch for your Les Pauls and your T-Bone Walkers. They are out there. When they walk into your life, be aware of their presence and what they have to share with you. And as crazy as it may seem, you have something to offer them as well.
This weekend I am looking forward to seeing the Steve Miller Band in concert. I’m pretty certain I’ll get to sing along to “Take The Money & Run”.