Bryan Tuk

Drummer | Producer | Arts Entrepreneur

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Focus + Mindfulness = Success

An opportunity came up the other night with some of my percussion students to scratch the surface of an important topic: focus and mindfulness.  While there were only a few minutes to talk about it, there was a lot more I wanted to say, hence this essay. 

This is a book topic unto itself to be sure, certainly within the perspective of building high performing teams/ensembles and also from the standpoint of helping your students realize the absolute maximum of their potential, which the last time I checked, is what teachers are supposed to do.  This is true in any endeavor, whether it is academics, sports or the arts. 

So what am I getting at?  Here it is:  Your ability to achieve any goal is a direct function of your ability to focus on achieving the goal.  That sounds circular, so let's bring it down to an example.

Let's say you have an academic assignment that should take you 45 minutes to complete.  Rather than shutting off your phone, or tablet, or TV and giving 45 minutes of consistent, sustained effort, you let your mind wander.  You check your phone.  Then you work for five minutes.  Then you get a text and you see who it's from.  You respond, and that conversation takes you away for 10 minutes.  Several other things like this happen in rapid succession, and before you know it, 30 minutes have elapsed and you have not advanced your work at all.  A 45 minute task just turned into a 75 minute task.  That costs you time and you may be the only person affected by that.  Had you applied yourself in the way I'm about to describe below, you could have completed that task in less than 45 minutes, and gained a half hour of time to yourself. 

When you are in a competitive team environment, the stakes are a lot higher - because your actions don't just affect you.  By allowing your mind to wander, by losing focus on the assignment/performance/task, you are hurting yourself in THREE ways.  

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Career Coaching - Your Secret Weapon

If you are looking for a voice of experience, or a sounding board for your strategy sessions, or someone to help you navigate your way to achieving your professional, artistic or entrepreneurial dreams, contact me to sign up for coaching sessions.

I spent years walking down the expected path.  While I was a lifelong musician, I put some of those dreams on hold to pursue law school and a big law firm partnership.  Once I achieved those traditional goals, I realized that I was in the wrong place for me, and that there was so much more I could do with my talents, energy and drive.

As a social and arts entrepreneur, I launched a solo law practice to focus on the needs of non-profits and the “little guy”, and also launched the Allentown JazzFest and the Allentown FilmFest, bringing in a fresh and new approach to arts programming into the Lehigh Valley region.

As a teacher, I lecture on innovation and entrepreneurship at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

With 30+ years behind the drum kit, 20 years in the legal profession, and a whole lot of time spent in conference and board rooms (and classrooms), I can be your secret weapon in achieving your goals with one-on-one coaching sessions and content that is designed to get you where you want to go – whether it’s an arts, non-profit, or social initiative you want to carry out but need some managerial level advice.

If you have a large scale arts or non-profit project and you want to retain me as a consultant, please email me.

If you have a legal question, that’s a totally different thing!  Please email me here.