The implications of this insight are phenomenal – remarkable even.

You are busy I know.

Very busy.

And when so busy, when in such a rush, it’s possible we are missing some magical moments.

Missing magical moments our team are performing at their best, missing magical moments our loved ones are performing, missing magical moments mother nature is performing.

I hope the story below stops you in your tracks.

It stopped me in mine!

It’s very easy to be busy, however…

As business leaders and managers it is our job to spot the magical, enjoy the magical and bring it to everyone’s attention too.

Where else are we to find the joy of running a business?

Where else are we going to recharge our personal and business mojo?

See what you make of this and let me know what you think…

Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.

The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.

During that time approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes…

a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.

He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.

The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time.

This action was repeated by several other children.

Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.

Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.

About 20 gave money, but continued to walk at their normal pace.

The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over.

No one noticed.

No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

Findings: No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.

He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the Metro Station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people’s priorities.

The questions raised:

“In a common place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?”

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made….

How many other things are we missing?

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