She’s a child prodigy. At the age of 3, she played the piano and violin with excellence. At the age of 4, she composed her first piece of music. As child prodigies go, I guess she’s average. (Insert chuckle here.) At 10, she wrote and composed a full opera. This demands more than violin and piano competency. The capacity required for this kind of composition goes beyond that of your “average” child prodigy. A music professor claims, “Her first language is mid-18th Century composer.” Before she could speak, she thought like Mozart and Mendelssohn. Over and over again she is likened to Mozart.

As I watched Scott Pelley interview her, she graciously acknowledges Mozart’s brilliance and states how delighted she would be to have him as her teacher. What she said next has played on a loop in my head. I can not stop hearing it. “I would rather be the first Alma, than the second Mozart.”

“I would rather be the first Alma, than the second Mozart.”

“I would rather be the first Alma, than the second Mozart.”

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I don’t know. I’d be pretty okay with being the second Mozart. In fact, I’d probably be down right giddy about it. Twelve year old Alma Deutsche rattled my cage. She is the first Alma and happy to become all Alma is designed to be, refusing to be limited by comparison and expectation.

I am the first Michele, not the second _________.

You are the first You, not the second of your parent, boss, sibling, mentor, famous person in your field.

How do you differentiate between who you are and who someone else expects you to be?

How do you embrace, accept, love and want to be more of you?

Alma says that melodies come easy to her. They pop in her head all day long. It’s the developing of them that takes real work. What comes easy to you? Are you willing to put the work into developing it?

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