Thank you fellows for the kind remarks.
Here's what I have to say about getting the amount of bookings I have:
I WANT IT MORE THAN THE NEXT GUY
This past executive businessman is living the music life in the FAST LANE. You know, the feeling that there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. That's how I go about my bookings, my practice, my persistence, etc. I'm careful to carry into my job the skills necessary to be as good or better than any other performer before me. Of course, this is almost impossible, thus the constant drive is always there - a great closed loop
There are no secrets. In ANY profession, the BUSY person, who PERFECTS his craft, will win out.
That is the message behind my original post. I take no prisoners because I believe in myself, LOVE what I do and take offense when others don't feel the same - nothing wrong with that - I get over it.