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Business Practice Playlist

Honky Cat

Performed by: Elton John
DJ: Joe Schum, CPCC founder of Soul Patch Hippo Success Coaching and managing partner of Network Orchestrators


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When asked to contribute to this forum I was excited, honored and vexed. What would I choose? Years and years of connection to music starting in the early ‘70’s until now gave me a helluva bullseye. I have a huge and eclectic listening list so clearly the problem was mine. And then it all simplified. What was the first encounter I had to music that resonated with me to the point that I went to a drugstore and bought my first album?

Elton John’s Honky Chateau. And the headliner: Honky Cat. I first heard it on a a massive reel-to-reel in my cousins bedroom on his new Hi-Fi stereo (Hi-Fidelity). It was awesome. Rocket Man followed and that is another story…

The lyrics tell a story about the differences between Bernie Taupin and Elton John. John; a city boy and craving for the fast life. Taupin, the genius lyricist behind John’s hits, loving the country and not apologizing for it. For me, the song is about venue and changing it to shift us to our next version of ourselves. Our 2.0.

For me its a call to change. Change your view and move forward to something bigger and better. And it is exactly that for me. Recently I left behind the confines of job that was no longer a growth path for me; financially, intellectually and spiritually. I knew there was more for me out there and I moved forward for it. I moved forward for the opportunity of the city and the serenity of the country.

The ‘City’ representing the prosperity that lies before me and the ‘Country’ to enjoy the peace I am experiencing knowing that I’m honoring my calling, honoring my drive to be something different for me and my fellow man. Tending the farm is more about staying where you are, not growing, managing what you have. It may be good, and it’s never going to be great. You are in the shallow end of the pool. The world needs more of us, it may break your heart, and I’m challenging myself that at best, I’ll skin my knees a little bit,…diving into the deep end.

Change your venue, change your personal brand. Change your perspective, change your life.

And, oh, the change is gonna do me good.


Soul Patch Hippo:Success Coaching was founded by me; Joe Schum, CPCC. A lifelong learner of all things cool and pragmatic. Be Big, Be Cool, Be Hippo. I am also the Managing Partner of Network Orchestrators; we are a consortium of coaches that focus on the HumanSentric(TM) approach to assist sales and marketing professionals change their behavior and learn the Language of Connection.

joe@soulpatchhippo.com : 770.330.9020

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