Imagine feeling curious and excited every day.

Using your innate strengths and skills with intention.

Living in alignment with your values.

It’s not like you wave a magic wand and everything comes easily. You have to expend effort to make things happen. It’s just that you do it in a way that energizes you and serves those around you.

I want that for you.

(For me, too.)

Sounds like a bunch of new age-y, coachy-coach, rainbows and unicorns mumbo jumbo, right?

I think that sometimes, too.

Even though I know to the core of my being that leveraging our innate values and strengths and using our natural skills is the best, most joy-filled means of growing well-being and serving the world, it makes my Inner Skeptic cry out, “you can’t just go around saying that stuff out loud. People will smirk and roll their eyes.”

Alma Deutsche just may be the person who helps me send that Inner Skeptic packing for good.

Teasers for the profile about her on 60 Minutes piqued my curiosity about the 12-year-old singer, pianist, violinist, and composer who is routinely compared with young Mozart, even as my Inner Skeptic ranted that she was too good to be true.

Pushy stage parents. A stressed-out, snobbish mess. Not as good as the hype.

She is so much more than any hype.

She’s that good, and her parents are as grounded as she is lovely.

Melodies come to her the way worries and irritations come to the rest of us.

It’s clear she lives her strengths and values and hones her vast skills every day, fully and joyfully, delighting and, yes, healing others in the process.

But wait, there’s more.

The real inspiration is that she understands that making those melodies that come so effortlessly to her work takes, well, work, even for someone with talent for which the word prodigy is inadequate.

Which is exciting news for the rest of us mere mortals, because even if we’re not a “new Mozart,” each of us absolutely has a unique mix of strengths and values and skills that can energize us as we serve others.

So, Alma’s true gift, to my mind, isn’t her musical skill or even the (joyful) effort she expends to develop it.

I think I would prefer to be the first Alma than to be the second Mozart.

Her true gift is that she fully embodies her innate strengths and values, to the point that, rather than accepting the label “the second Mozart,” she owns her role as “the first Alma.”

So, yes, I want for you is that you to leverage your strengths and values and hone and use your skills in ways that bring you joy and serve the world.

What I really want for you, and for all of us, is that, every day, you be the first you.


Ready to own being the first you? I can help you get clear about your strengths, values, and priorities and use them in a way that brings joy to you and those around you. Book a complimentary Learn More About Coaching Call and let’s talk about how.


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