As a musician and a huge fan of the Beatles, I was naturally excited to hear about the new Beatles documentary by Peter Jackson. It’s a three-part documentary featuring in-studio footage that was filmed in early 1969 for the making of the Beatle’s 1970 album, Let It Be.
I just finished watching Part One of the documentary which had Paul, John, George, and Ringo practicing and creating music and I was inspired to write an article on the lessons for entrepreneurs and business owners.
In this article, I will only focus on a certain point in time during Part One of the movie. And that point in time is between 1:02:20 and 1:06:47.
There is much wisdom to be gained within those approximately 4 minutes of time. Below are my Fab 4 business lessons I learned from that part of the movie:
Fab 1: Don’t“Wait”– Action is necessary to make things happen.
Waiting around for someone to appear or something to happen just creates inaction and stagnation. Movement is key to achieving success, goals, and change.
You must take the “bull by the horns and do it.”Chris Castillo
Paul didn’t wait around for John to arrive in order to start creating music. Nor did Paul wait around for Ringo or George to start something. George, actually yawned twice which signals that he was tired or bored. Ringo sat there like he was daydreaming.
With John being a “nowhere man” and Ringo and George just sitting there uninspired, Paul simply grabbed his bass, sat down, and started playing his bass and singing words in an attempt to write a song. For a few minutes, you can hear the formation of the sounds coming together that would ultimately become the song, Get Back.
Don’t wait for someone or things to happen. Make it happen yourself. Get the “ball rolling” because the “show must go on.”Chris Castillo
Fab 2: Create “Something” – Paul didn’t want to just wait around and waste time. He started to just play the bass guitar. That’s all. This action alone is important because it’s the first step in achieving great things. You must take action now even if you don’t know or can’t see the song that will be created.
Taking the first step even if you can’t see the whole staircase is important.Unknown
Paul started playing something and allowed for creativity to flow out of him while trying to piece together a musical composition. Paul didn’t know where the song was going. He just started creating and experimenting while making a series of pivots to make a song. In music, we call this creative process “noodling around”.
“Noodling” is the creative process of experimenting, innovating, and trying new things.Chris Castillo
There is magic when you start to create something of value. You bring to life an image, an idea, a feeling while noodling around. Paul was just playing and went with what was in his heart and what felt good. As a musician that writes songs, I can appreciate this process.
By noodling around, will you create a hit song or a valuable product? We just don’t know but as entrepreneurs, we must go about creating, experimenting, and making “something” happen by taking action.
Fab 3: Collaborate “With a little help from my friends” – By collaborating and working together as a team they were able to complete a hit song.
Paul started to move and movement creates energy. The energy ended up inspiring Ringo to get up and start playing a beat that complimented the song and George joined along by strumming chords in coordination with Paul.
Movement creates energy. Inaction and stagnation produce staleness.Chris Castillo
Then after 4 minutes have gone by, John arrives at a band playing a newly created song and he joins in by playing the guitar.
The power of teamwork in a collaborative environment fostered musical excellence.
Fab 4: Focus on your unique talents and delegate the rest – The Beatles “came together” to complete the song by each one of them focusing on what they do best.
Focusing on your unique talents and playing together with other people using their own unique talents creates an amazing team of band members that play in tune, are synchronized in timing, and are having fun as a collaborative team while creating something of value for the world to enjoy.
For John, Paul, Ringo, and George to have the ability to focus on what they do best with their respective instruments, they needed a team. This team is made up of assistants, technicians, roadies, sound engineers, and managers.
Everyone involved in the organization worked together in support of the overarching goal of recording the Let It Be album.
Do the “Fab Four” carry their equipment such as amplifiers and monitors around to shows and public appearances? Do they book their own concerts or even do their own marketing? No, they don’t.
Focus on what you do best and then delegate the rest.Chris Castillo
Are you focusing on what you do best and delegating the rest?
Do you have a team of people working together in sync with each other?
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