Violinist in the Metro Station
Can you see the value when there is no price tag? In 2007
world famous violinist Joshua Bell posed as a street musician in a Washington
D.C. metro station to see how many people would stop and listen. Despite the
fact that he was playing a $3.5 million handcrafted violin and had just sold
out a concert in Boston where ticket prices averaged $100 each, very few people
stopped to appreciate his beautiful performance. He made a measly $32 that day.
Sometimes the value of something is not seen until you see
it in the right context.
Seeing the value in something is not necessarily as easy as
“If I spend $1,000 today I will make $10,000 tomorrow”. Sometimes the most
valuable things crop up in unexpected places and at unexpected times. Sometimes
the most important and valuable things are not dressed in $2,000 suits from
Saville Row. We need to be more open to spending the time to see the value in
things that we may currently think have no value at all.