Category :

Other Topics

Service And The Power Of Positivity

Service And The Power Of Positivity
By Robin Yukiko - August 20th 2012

I ran into an acquaintance who has been out of work for some time. He complains that the market is terrible and how he is sick of this town. He blames politics and says the dating scene sucks here. Then he hands me his card and says if I hear anyone who’s hiring that I should pass along his info.

I knew immediately that I would not.

Now, I’m a nice person. But, even if I met someone in his field, why would I stake my reputation on someone who doesn’t enjoy a single thing about life, where he lives, or anyone he meets? Why would he treat a job any differently?

As my friend and colleague Donovan Plant so eloquently sings, the universe is a yes machine. When you input yeses, it makes more yes. Likewise, when you fuel it with negativity, it malfunctions and serves you sludge.

The music industry is no different. Musicians, whether we acknowledge it or not, are in the service industry. It is a happy circumstance that we enjoy our work (if you don’t, get out while you still can). It is both humbling and empowering that we should serve others with our music.

When you play a wedding, you are providing the soundtrack to the most important day of someone’s life. When you play a piano bar, you are giving someone a reason to get out of their house, making a lonely drink less lonely. When you teach a music lesson to make ends meet, you are providing someone with the knowledge and motivation to make music for himself, empowering him. Even playing in a cover band gives people the experience of hearing their favorite songs live, reminiscing about their youth, or just escaping to something they know the words to.

And when you accept and enjoy the act of giving through your art, you open the doors--in a very real way--to receiving.

In a similar way that pheromones attract others, yes attracts yes. Giving begets giving. And sincere willingness to serve attracts work. Don’t hold grudges. The world has no pity for sour grapes or resentment. Share with others. Don’t be that guy. Be the guy (or gal) that people want to be around.

The universe is a yes machine.

Robin Yukiko is a Berklee College of Music grad, singer-songwriter, pianist, and music educator in San Francisco. She hosts the SF Singer-Songwriters’ Workshop at the Musicians Union Local 6. Learn more at


Too Late For A Woman?

Feeling overwhelmed? How to take charge of your To Do List

You're Worth It

Do You Believe?

Rejoicing In Our Fortunes-Appreciation Training for Musicians (and others!)

"It's Just a Number"-The Age of Total Acceptance

The Power of Positive Thinking

I love being wrong

Sycophant Syndrome- Handling the Handlers

The Power Of Asking

10 Reasons Not To Give Up

5 Things Artists Can Learn From Erykah Badu Ava Bella

Slaying Stage Fright in my Pursuit of Happiness

Are Dairy Products Screwing Up Your Singing Voice?

The Meaning of Life

Change careers like Tarzan

The Hidden Dangers of the Sound of Music

Sound Check, Tools of the Trade

How will this game end?

Same word. Different places? Different meanings.

Jac Holzman - A Guest Post by Derek Sivers

Why am I here?

Why was this secret?

Tips for Creating Your Own Music Video

Belt Out a Song For Better Health

Musicians Earn Superfans Through Authenticity and Generosity

3 Simple and Free Website Design Resources for Musicians

5 Tips For Getting Featured On Beatport

Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan

Technical Hitches And Things To Avoid As A Singer-Songwriter

A New Model for Music, Music in the Liberal Arts

A Petty Reminder

3 Steps To Avoiding The Mid-campaign Slump In Your Band's Kickstarter

3 Unexpected Things That Happen After Your Band's Kickstarter Succeeds

3 Surprising Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Crowdfunding Campaign (It's Not What You Think)

Treat Me Like I'm Five

Lessons From an Ice Cream Scooper

Smart People Don't Think Others Are Stupid

You Don't Have To Be Local

Focus, Entertain, or Both?

The Female Disadvantage(?)

Spending Money on Your Band's Marketing & Promo

Guidelines for Musicians Traveling Overseas

A Simple Method for Memorizing Lyrics

3 Lessons I Learned About the Music Business From Sports

The Easiest Way To Figure Out Your Favorite Bass Licks

Become A Student Of Your Craft. Learn Music Theory

Routine Techniques That Kick-Ass

Gain New Fans By Releasing Popular Holiday Covers

How To Tour Locally

Tips For Having The Best Music Festival Experience

Signup Free