“Know Your Worth” and Arena in the Diamond Model of Strategy

A violinist played for 45 minutes in the Washington D.C. subway.

Of the 1,097 people who passed by, seven stopped to listen to him, and one recognized him.

He collected $32.17 in tips from 27 passersby (excluding $20 from the one who recognized him).

Only one person knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. In that subway, Joshua played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before he played in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out a Boston theatre, and the seats averaged about $100.

The experiment proved that the extraordinary in an ordinary environment does not shine and is so often overlooked and undervalued.

There are brilliantly talented people everywhere who aren’t receiving the recognition and reward they deserve. But once they arm themselves with value and confidence and remove themselves from an environment that isn’t serving them, they thrive and grow.

Your gut is telling you something. Listen to it if it’s telling you where you are isn’t enough!

Go where you are appreciated and valued.

Know Your Worth.


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This wonderful post reminded me of the Diamond Model in Strategy which was discussed in our Strategic Management class.

Arena is one of the strategic choices in which you decide where you want to play, what’s the prize you are playing for. If the Arena is big, the potential rewards would be huge. People who make it big play in the right Arena. They either happen to be there or they consciously choose it.

If you have talent in something, make sure you “perform” at the right arena!


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