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Orange Musicians

While I don’t know if Bruce Springsteen is high Orange, I do know that his interview with 60 Minutes last winter had some great Orange comments and insights. It also showed some wonderful insights into the vast majority of musicians who are high Orange. Many of the well-known stars in the business have never taken a music lesson, or just some basic instruction while still in high school.

Oranges are much more interested (and learn way better) when picking up an instrument and seeing what they can do or create. They want to push the boundaries and try the impossible, without rules or being told they “have to” or “shouldn’t” do it a certain way. That’s freedom – and it’s part of the Orange definition of truly living, and not just in the music industry.

Shares Springsteen, on behalf of millions of high Orange kids: “I was probably one of the smartest kids in my class at the time. You wouldn’t have known it. Just because (of) where my intelligence lay, it wasn’t able to be tapped in that particular system. I didn’t know how to do it myself until music came along and opened me up, not just to the world of music, but to the world period… That engaged me in life and gave me a sense of purpose. What I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, the way I wanted to do it, what I thought I could accomplish…”

Springsteen relates the story of his struggles growing up, and that his father sure wasn’t keen, or very supportive, of his choice to become a musician (to put it mildly). “He wasn’t very proud of you,” stated 60 Minutes co-anchor Scott Pelly. “He was later,” responds Springsteen. “When I came home with the Oscar and I put it on the kitchen table he just looked at it and said: ‘Bruce, I’ll never tell anybody what to do, ever again.”

As kids or adults, Oranges hate being measured for attempts, which absolutely kills their drive to experiment. But they know that results always speak for themselves. Whether it’s Springsteen winning the Oscar, the Orange salesperson landing the big contract after months of negative feedback, or an Orange kid coming through in the class play, victory and success sure are sweet.

Yes, almost every high Orange will get to be very successful in something that interests them, holds their attention, or something they can win at. But until they reach that point, what are the judgments your Color has of the way Oranges do it? What does your Color want to “force” them to do, how much emphasis do you place on the “how to do it,” instead of the results? Are you supportive of the Orange dreams and the impossible goals, or do you filter them through the views of your Colors?

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