Advice We’d Give to Our Younger Selves (w. Alyssa O’Toole) [7FMS Ep. #118]

by Daniel Patterson
Do you ever think about what you would do differently if you could go back in time?

I am not talking about living with regrets…

I’m talking about reflecting on the past.

Learning from the past and letting it influence your future decisions.

Recently, three of the coaches at Grow (Alyssa, Nate, and Daniel) got together at Brooklyn Music Factory and recorded an episode about the “one thing we’d change” if we could go back.

This is a conversational episode, a thoughtful episode.

As Daniel puts it during the episode… “Learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them.”

We’re really proud of this one and there’s something here for everyone…

Click below to listen to the episode.

Or, check out the video version of the podcast:


Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Nate, Daniel, & Alyssa go live from Brooklyn!
  • What we wish we did differently in the early years of our careers
  • Fearless action in your business (be bold, learn fast, spend smart)
  • Key lessons to take away from our biggest business mistakes
  • Conquering self-doubt & learning to trust others

Speaking of things I wish I had done earlier in my career…

One of my big regrets was not converting to group lessons earlier.

All throughout the month of May, we are focusing on group lessons here at Grow.

If you’d like to learn more about implementing a high-margin group system in your school, you can learn how Piano Express from could work for your school.

Also… Daniel has been posting a lot of great advice on his Instagram.

Give us a follow if you’d like to see short inspiring clips in your feed during the week.


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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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