Neil Moore: Understand Behavior Mechanics and What Drives Us

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About Our Guest

Imagine: You have a child who hasn’t yet learned to play any instrument. Or, you may be an adult, who doesn’t know how to read music, or have long forgotten how to do it since grade school. Can you learn how to play the piano today?

The answer is yes and…

Neil Moore believes everyone is musical.

He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Simply Music Institute of Learning & Education. He is also the creator of the Simply Music Piano Method. Born in 1957 in Melbourne, Australia, and began studying piano at the age of 7, he has since then spent most of his life actively involved in ‘playing-based’ music learning.

This is also an exploratory conversation about behavior mechanics.

Neil has a few things to say about Behavior Mechanics. He shared his own struggles with addiction (food, exercise, business) and how the understanding of behavior mechanics changed his life and many of clients’ lives.

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Favorite Quotes

When I look at the instrument, I see one note playing to the next and the next, I can see the it’s drawing pictures. And I developed the ability as an adult to be able to communicate that to people to allow them to see music the way I do. People have the ability to see music in shapes and patterns completely changed the way they are able to connect to their natural musicianship, how quickly they are able to learn how to play. 

I’ve been pursuing money to one day do what I love and what I think I belong to. To me, that’s a broken equation. I should be doing what I love. If it’s meant to be, we will reveal a pathway that it will feel authentic. 

You develop a practice where you are constantly talking about “where are we at?” Here’s what I see, here’s what I’m up to. I said I was going to do this, but something has fundamentally changed, I feel different about it now, I’m going to change what I’m doing. OK, I can get behind that, I can support that. 

Show Notes

  • [05:00] Could you tell us a bit about your origin story? Where were you born and were are you now?

  • [06:00] What kind of shapes do you see when you listen to music?

  • [08:00] Do you think this skill happened naturally to you or is this something that you saw an opportunity?

  • [10:00] How did you end up leaving your businesses back in Australia to come to the US?

  • [13:00] Have you always felt optimistic and wanting to help people or is that something you developed over time? Did you change your perspective on that?

  • [16:00] How did you meet your wife? What has her taught you about relationships?

  • [18:00] As part of your consulting services, you help other people ‘come home to themselves’. Is this something you learned from your own relationship with your wife? How do you manage to keep the passion alive for many years?

  • [22:00] Do you have an example of a situation where it is difficult to find alignment with other people in relationships? It is a current struggle for many people, to align with husbands, wife, partners.

  • [31:00] What is behavioral mechanics? How did you get into that? What are the fundamentals?

  • [37:00] What would be an example of an addiction, in the behavioral mechanics context?

  • [40:00] How could someone tell between a real problem vs. Something that is manufactured/manifested on your own?

  • [41:00] How can people get more aware of these issues and start working towards better behavioral mechanics. Do they need to ask for help/treatment or is there something they could actively do?