El Sistema (The System)

May 1, 2009

Jose Antonio Abreu created El Sistema.  It’s a unique music academy whose goal isn’t to teach music.  Instead, their goal is to develop self-esteem, dignity, and self-worth in kids.  Music is just a by-product.

Don’t miss this video.  It will be the best 10 minutes you have spent this week.  Watch how Jose was able to shape an entire generation of kids so they can walk with their heads high regardless of how deep their pocket books are, how fluent they are with English, or how many bedrooms they have in their houses.

Anyone who is in a position of touching or shaping the lives of kids should watch this video.  Make sure to leave the volume on when you’re watching.  Even though Jose may speak in a language you don’t understand, his enthusiasm tells 90% of the story.  We can only hope that our lives emit the same level of enthusiasm Jose does when we get to his age.

A question we should all ask ourselves: If I am good at some skill or art, how can I use that as a tool to do something positive for the next generation?  That is perhaps the greatest gift we can leave behind, and the most prominent legacy we can leave.

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