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The Work You Get to Do

teacher avatar Scott Perry, Creative on Purpose

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4 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. A Musician's Adventures with Gratitude

    • 2. Gratitude Practice #1

    • 3. Gratitude Practice #2

    • 4. Gratitude Wrap Up

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About This Class

Endeavor Better with Gratitude

Ready to stress less and thrive more while engaging with the challenges and rewards of work that's worth it? Get grateful!

In this class, I share a short anecdote about how my blues guitar career and life-long study of ancient philosophy collided and saved me from a future filled with bitterness and suffering.

I'll then share two 1-minute gratitude exercises that will instantly begin to boost your health and happiness.

Go further by sharing a text, audio, or video example of your experience in practicing either or both of these exercises.

Let's get better at doing the work we get to do with gratitude!

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Scott Perry

Creative on Purpose


Scott is a compass helping advancing difference-makers lead themselves and live their legacy.  He's Creative on Purpose's Chief Difference-Maker and author of the Amazon top-sellers Endeavor and Onward. Scott is also the head coach for Seth Godin's Creative and Freelancer Workshops.

Scott is a husband and father, goes for a cemetery run every day, and quotes Marcus Aurelius more often than he should. 

For over thirty years, Scott found and spread joy as a professional musician and guitar teacher while maintaining a happy marriage, homeschooling his sons, and taking care of business.

Want to connect? Click here to contact Scott.


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1. A Musician's Adventures with Gratitude: way, way. So I began or made the leap to become a professional, full time performing musician a very long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was right after my first son was born. He's now 29 Um, and it was also immediately after I had had a significant health scare. And as I think about why I decided to make that leap, I think it was based on the the fact that I didn't wanna have my life end prematurely or be the age that I am now and be looking back and wondering if I could have done something with my musical aspirations and ambitions. Uh, my family and I lived in Charleston, South Carolina, at the time, my wife and my newborn son, and that was a great place to launch a music career. There's a ton of great places to perform. There is a wealth of talent to play with. I form musical partnerships pretty quickly, and I picked up gigs fairly easily, and within just months of launching my my full time career as a musician, I was feeling like I was making it fortunate seem to shine upon me. I was playing with great players, and it was keeping a full calendar of performances. I felt like I was making it. So most of my muse I was in my early twenties at this point, and most of the guys that I was playing with were significantly older than I was, maybe by, like, 10 or 20 years in most cases. And one of the things that really struck me was how deeply unhappy they were and how much griping they did. So when we would take breaks and sit at the bar in between, Sets on the conversation would quickly turn to how the audience wasn't paying attention or how they weren't getting the good gigs. They were complaining about the lack of recognition in the low pay. A favorite complaint was that acts like Hootie and the Blowfish and Edward McCain, who used to open for my band, actually got signed toe national record deals, and these guys felt like they were getting passed over. I was thrilled. I've I felt like I had, you know, scored the golden goose. I was, as far as I was concerned, living the dream. I got Teoh. I made enough every single day doing something that I really love to do, and I made enough that I could get up the morning and do it again. And so I was pursuing my passion. I was living my dream. I was having really the time of my life. And so because I was listening to these guys, you know, complain. I just kind of made this about myself that I would never become one of those guys. So the years passed and Maiken career continued. I would frequently make trips up and down the East Coast to play little little venues and sometimes occasionally a famous venue or famous festival. Occasionally I get to play with famous musicians, but for the most part I would say that I was like a journeymen musician. I was playing second level B level clubs. Local clubs that were, you know, paid well enough to get me enough gas and enough cash met pockets so that I could get to the next gig down the road. It was shortly after my second son was born that we moved here to southwestern Virginia in a little town called Floyd. It's a very rural it's a very remote and if I was going to continue to make a living performing full time, I was going to have to do a lot more traveling, and I didn't want to do that. My son's at that point were, uh, two and seven, and I wanted to spend more time at home with my wife and with my sons. So I decided I would shrink my performance schedules just couple days a week, and I had to figure out a way to make up that income. So, really, out of desperation, I started giving guitar lessons. I'd never wanted to be a guitar teacher turned out. But I love teaching guitar even more than I love playing and performing and that look playing performing a lot. So I couldn't believe my good luck. Lightning had struck twice, and I was able to augment my shrinking gig income with this teaching income about 25 years into my career, about 10 years ago, I was playing a gig just down the road in Roanoke at a crappy little dive bar, and that was sitting at the bar with my fellow bandmates in between sets, and I caught myself having one of those moments were I was becoming that bitter, jaded blues guy that I promised I would never become. I was talking about how I wasn't getting the brakes that I deserved. Fortunately, I recognize the symptoms right away, and I recognized that it was happening and I was becoming one of those guys. And in that moment I was able to pull away or zoom out from that situation and remind myself that this isn't the work that I have to do. This is the work that I get to do, and in that moment I changed my mind and I refrained my situation, and I immediately felt better about what I was doing, who I was doing it with and what it was all for. So this realization, this idea of the work that I get to do is basically a reworking of ah, favorite court of mine from Marcus Aurelius. It's I love the humble art that you have learned and take rest in it. And the art that Marcus is talking about is the art of living, the art of living well, living the good life. And for Marcus living, the good life meant having the humility to accept whatever it is that fate has delivered and to continue to strive to excel through work that is done to benefit others. It's really strong medicine. But in that moment when I was on the slippery slope of becoming one of those bitter, jaded old blues guys, it really saved me and save me from my hubris, my selfishness and a life of misery. So ever since that day, I've had this daily practice of gratitude, and it involves 21 minute exercises. These exercises help me continue to cultivate the sense of sufficiency about who I am and where I'm at, even as I strive to better myself in my situation, the science is pretty clear, and it reveals that the simple act of counting your blessings, um, and a posture of generosity staves off stress and helps you. You have a sense of thriving more even when you are engaged in tough times or challenges. And so gratitude promotes feelings of wellness and inner peace and prosperity while you're engaging in the challenges inherent in any work that matters, so why not get gratitude a chance 2. Gratitude Practice #1: this first exercises, based on the idea that we can practice gratitude by noticing the goodness and others it comes from and exercise. I learned in Seth Jones Alter N B A. And I believe he called it finding the good in others or finding business and others. It's basically made up of two very simple steps. The first is notice somebody doing something right, And the second step is go up to them, tell them what you saw and then thank them for So if I were to practice this right now, I might say, Hey, I noticed that you stopped by and gave me so weaver time and attention and watching this video, I hope that you get some value out of it. But I just want to thank you for lending that time and attention to me now. Thank you. 3. Gratitude Practice #2: this second gratitude practice is based on the idea that gratitude begins with us, and it comes again from my lifelong affection and learning from marks arises meditations. He begins his journal. I sharing gratitude is for every person that has had an impact on his life, and he lists who they are and the gifts that they bestowed upon him. Now practice that I developed from reading that was that I could begin every day by simply listing three simple gratitude. So these are things that I might say out loud to somebody or I'd met send them in an email to somebody or text. I might write them down just for myself on a piece of paper or in a journal. And these air just simple, everyday pleasures or conveniences. Or perhaps it's, ah, gratitude about your current state of being your psychological, physical or spiritual experience of the moment. It could even be a challenge that you're contending with her, an obstacle that you're wrestling with, because this is an opportunity for you to develop yourself, work, to develop the virtues of humility, acceptance, resilience and so forth. Hard to do practices, gratitude, exercise. Right now, I might say today I am grateful for a curious mind, a gentle rain and a difficult conversation that I'm gonna have later today. 4. Gratitude Wrap Up: in the pdf that accompanies these lessons, I shared a link to a scientific study published in the Harvard Journal of Medicine. The science is really clear that there are not very many things better than gratitude and a simple gratitude practice when it comes to promoting health and happiness in your day to day people that practice gratitude on a consistent basis experience a greater sense of thriving and flourishing, a greater sense of happiness and better health. So I'm encouraging you to check out the science. And I hope you enjoyed the anecdotes that I shared my adventures with gratitude as performing musician and how it helped me stress less and thrive mawr in an endeavor that is fraught with challenge. The two exercises are really simple ways that you can take a gratitude practice into your day. I hope youll try them out. I am deeply grateful for the time and attention that you've lent me in Looking at. All these materials are gonna love to hear from you about your experiences and adventures with gratitude. You can email me any time at Scott at, be creative on purpose and until we see each other again, keep flying higher. Thanks