I’m listening to Maurizio Pollini play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, Tempest 3. Allegretto.
(This is Glenn Gould playing in the video. He’s a classical pianist you should be familiar with.)
Start at 12:30 to hear my favorite part.
It’s amazing and one of my favorite classical pieces. It’s written for piano, so obviously piano is the highlighted instrument and since piano is what I play, I listen to this piece often and find inspiration in it.
My son is sitting here too. He asks, “Can you play this?”
“No. It’s my goal to play it someday, though. I can go very slowly through it now. But this man is a professional – I will never be able to play this at his best. But I will be able to play it at my best!”
Don’t be threatened by others being more talented in an area than you. Take inspiration from it. There is no greater sign of weakness and low character in a person than one who has to continually tear down those around them in order to feel better about themselves.
In fact, I bet that person who is “better” than you at your talent – whether it’s playing the piano or guitar or running – I bet they’d love to give you tips on how you can improve your own self.
Anyway, I bet Maurizio Pollini couldn’t make brownies as good as I can. So there.