Do Musicians Need Mental Toughness?

Do Musicians Need Mental Toughness?

Mental toughness is a popular buzzword not just among athletes, coaches, and sport psychologists, but in the popular media as well. From Men's Fitness to Forbes to NPR, many are talking about the benefits of mental toughness. In a 1987 study of college wrestling for instance, 82% of the coaches involved rated mental toughness as the most important psychological attribute of successful wrestlers. Consider that for all of Tiger Woods’s physical skills, he is lauded more for his mental toughness…


The Disproportionate Power of Baby Steps

The Disproportionate Power of Baby Steps

Did you know that if you eliminate one can of soda per day from your diet and change nothing else, you will have lost about 15 lbs. by this time next year? Or that if every household in the US replaced one 60-watt light bulb with a CFL bulb, the energy saved would power all the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island? That’s nice, but what’s your point? My point is that tiny changes, over time (or multiplied by large numbers) can lead to some pretty big results. Indeed, it is often the seemingly…