He wasn't so specific until after meeting with a few of my friends/relatives/colleagues who are experts in the music industry, at the top of the their respective fields, and who shared their time and insights with a young man who was blown away by their generosity and wisdom.
So was I.
These were three high powered music industry men, each musical themselves who couldn't be more down to earth, funny as anything and wicked cool.
They basically told us:
To show up early, stay late, and learn everything in between.
To do whatever the job required, and then some.
Even if the job was sweeping floors, do the best job at sweeping floors possible. And then dust.
In audio there is the "Tea Boy" (originating in the UK -- this was the person getting everyone tea). It's akin to working in the mail room at an agency.
We heard stories about Tea Boys who got jobs filling in for the person who didn't show up.
That it is better to work as a janitor for a genius than to be the VP below an asshole.
To think about WHAT WOULD HELP MAKE THEIR BOSS' LIFE EASIER?
Your goals will change.
You will be able to do things you never knew were possible.
If you put your mind to it, you could do anything -- even walk on hot coals. You may even want to!
And give back. And that's what they were doing.