Best Post #5 November 30, 2016


I love the FISH! Philosophy! I have the book and I have read it a few times and the book came with an audio CD. I have listened to it at least four times. The story is wonderful and the characters are realistic.

I have used the FISH! Philosophy with my music students in the past. I used it to show them how I wanted our lessons to be. I wanted them to “Be There” in the moment at their lesson. I wanted them to want to be here and to really want to learn and perform new pieces of music.

I told them that I wanted them to “Play”. Music lessons were to be fun and enjoyed. If they had an idea of a song that they wanted to learn or one that they were writing, we would add that to the lesson. My method of teaching was not a strict by-the-book-method.

I encouraged my students to “Make Their Day” by playing their pieces for others. People love to hear young children play the piano or guitar. It will make anyone’s day to have a child play a song or sing for them.

Finally, I wanted them to “Choose Their Attitude”. They needed to show up with a great attitude and respect me and my time. I suggested to them to play the songs that reflected their mood and attitude they had that day when they were at home and practicing. “If you are angry, play angry!”

I hope that with 2017 just around the corner you can look at this philosophy and see if you can apply it to your business.

The four practices of The FISH! Philosophy are:

Be There

Be emotionally present for people. It’s a powerful message of respect that improves communication and strengthens relationships.


Tap into your natural way of being creative, enthusiastic and having fun. Play is the spirit that drives the curious mind, as in “Let’s play with that idea!” You can bring this mindset to everything you do.

 Make Their Day

Find simple ways to serve or delight people in a meaningful, memorable way. It’s about contributing to someone else’s life—not because you want something, but because that’s the person you want to be.

 Choose Your Attitude

Take responsibility for how you respond to what life throws at you. Your choice affects others. Ask yourself: “Is my attitude helping my team or my customers? Is it helping me to be the person I want to be?

Which of the four practices are you looking forward to implementing?



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