As a result, in more recent times it has been a case of see them before they die, or at least stop touring. All of these musicians have had a profound effect on me, they have provided a soundtrack to my life, they have made me smile and made me cry, they have filled me with excitement when I am up, and comforted me when I’m not.
Not all of these artists have tried to change the world (no-one ever accused Status Quo of being thought leaders), nor did they even attempt to change the musical world in which they lived (never going to see AC/DC play with an orchestra), but that doesn’t mean they have not added value to those, including me, who they have touched.
Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to look back on our life’s work, as we embarked on our farewell tour, to find that we had provided someone with a little something that had added to their lives? For many of us, our audiences are quite small, but we should not underestimate the effect we can have on that small number of people. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to transform the financial literacy of a generation of Millennials, nor will I be able to change the way that all business owners think about their personal finances, but for those who I am able to reach, I would be well pleased to have had a positive impact, one that made them look upon me as fondly as I do on these aged rock stars.
Not everyone can be the voice of their generation like Bob Dylan, or innovators like Pink Floyd, but to “Send ’em home happy”, to have your audience delighted at the time they have spent with you, to have enriched their lives and added value is something we can all aspire to.
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