Josh Bell and the 3.5 Million Dollar Stradivarius

I recently read a story about Josh Bell. Bell is arguably the most gifted, and critically acclaimed, violinist in the world.

On January 12, 2007, he agreed to participate in an experiment proposed by the Washington Post. He dressed in street clothes and a baseball cap, and played a 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius for the morning commuters in the busy L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.

That winter morning Josh performed as only a virtuoso could. He played classic pieces such as “Ave Maria,” by Franz Schubert as thousands of commuters rushed by him.

Only one of the commuters that morning even recognized him.

Just days before, he performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall, where the least expensive tickets would have set you back a hundred dollars.

He played for 43 minutes and collected a grand total of $32.17.

What is it costing you, and the world, by you playing it small?

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