London Busker

London Busker

About London Busker is a journal devoted to the street musicians and London Underground musicians of the London capital.

John is an 'official' London Transport busker. A busker is a street or public entertainer. John plays slide guitar, harmonica, keyboards in addition to doing vocals and songwriting. For some of John's songwriting just follow the links

John Vanek at Reverbnation

On this site are featured categories

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Buskers on Film

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Longer Writings


From the Journal

Self-DevelopmentPosted by John Vanek Tue, December 30, 2008 11:25:13

The mentor Jim Rohn states that if you're going to compete with anyone, compete with yourself.

What does that mean? It means that every day we should do better or strive to do better than the previous day. Better at everything, better in every sphere. Each day to strive to outstrip the achievements of the previous day. Compete with yourself. Keep your back step clean. Keep it cleaner than the day before. Adjusting and adapting every aspect of your daily activities. Reviewing and improving. Taking notes of your daily plan of action, polishing, tightening up the loose points, straightening out the slack.

There is a suppleness, a tautness to each day's intentions. The suppleness will keep the day's actions powerful but flexible, ready to implement the right decisions in the event of those decisions being required.

There is a pattern to everything. But it may well be a pattern that we are required to create and shape for ourselves. It's a contract that demands both sides. We need to acquiesce, to sign ourselves up to our side of the contract. It needs brain power, will power, belief, faith, passion, reinforcement and many other qualities. The implementation of our daily plan requires a commitment. It's more than simply getting up in the morning and repeating a pointless fixed routine from the day before. It's applied innovation, freshness, discovery. Discovering and uncovering the joy of the natural laws that work ceaselessly on our behalf. The joyous dance of the universe.

Poets and artists have always been able to tap into this sense of joy at the heart of things. They have equally been able to tap into feelings of ambivalence, light and shade. Thatt's the great power of the artist. The non-judgemental empathy with all things. Keats had it. Beethoven had it. These were not straightforward men. They were not mindless happy-clappies. Keats thought his life had been a failure, that he would be forgotten. Far from it! Beethoven was complex, lonely, full of doubts and misgivings. But Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony, a work of praise, with its famous setting of Schiller's 'Ode to Joy'. These were man so individualistic they could never be brainwashed by some naive self-help philosophy. But they knew in their hearts, at the point of their deepest instinctive convictions, they knew .... the 'secret'.

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