I saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” the other day.

One scene that stood out to me (so much so that I pulled out my phone and wrote down the quote to share with you).

Sean Penn plays a world-famous photographer who travels the world to capture these amazing pictures.

At one point, he’s waiting on a mountainside to take a photo of a snow leopard, which are apparently very elusive creatures.

He’s been waiting there, with his camera, for what seems like hours, maybe even days.

Then the snow leopard finally shows up. It almost poses for the camera.

Ben Stiller’s character asks him if he’s going to take the picture, to which he replies:

“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”

And they simply watch the leopard until it disappears again.

There’s a pow’rful lesson there.

It reminds me of why I work on music projects. We’re so quick to get bogged down in what gear to use, what techniques to employ, how to make some money with it…that it’s easy to forget why we do it.

We do it for that MOMENT.

That elusive moment when we’re lost in the music, when all the equipment seems to disappear. We’re connecting with the song, much like the photographer connected with the snow leopard.

Let’s not be so quick to “capture” the moment that we forget to enjoy it.

That’s why we study and develop new skills, to help us get to that moment faster and more often.

That’s the side-effect of learning new things. And I know the perfect place for you to do just that:


To more moments,

Joe Gilder
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