Are You Winning or Succeeding?

Winning is not everything. It's the only thing. This is one of the better known quotes in sports, often attributed to coaching legend Vince Lombardi of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. It's possible, if not likely, that he was misquoted, but it remains a common philosophy that permeates our culture. Contrast that with this favorite poem of coaching legend John Wooden of the UCLA men's basketball program. Beyond the winning and the goal, Beyond the glory and the flame, He feels the flame within his…


Comparing Yourself With Others: Good or Bad?

The iPhone 4s seems like a pretty awesome phone. Until you pick up the iPhone 5. Then the 4s seems a bit clunky, slow, and so...2011. I don't know what it is about us, but once we see a newer, shinier model, it's hard not to want an upgrade. Parents aren't immune to this phenomenon either. When we see our kid dogging it at karate practice alongside another kid who has snappier kicks and does full range of motion pushups, it's hard not to make an internal comparison. It can even be tempting to…


Are You Working Hard Enough on Stage?

Are You Working Hard Enough on Stage?

"Do more." This was probably the single most frequent comment I received from almost every teacher or artist I ever played for. In hindsight, it's pretty embarassing. It means that I (a) hadn't taken the time to really look at the score and develop any ideas, (b) hadn't taken the time to make any decisions, and (c) was a big 'ol wimp. To be fair, under pressure, we tend to err on the side of caution. We play safe, even tentatively, so as to avoid making any mistakes, or calling attention to…


25 Ideas to Live By

Some people collect stamps, baseball cards, dolls, or CD's. Others collect Pez dispensers, airplane barf bags , or potato chips shaped like people, animals, and other non-tuberous objects. I started collecting quotes back in graduate school, when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I always found inspiration in such nuggets of wisdom, clarity, and truth, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites in the hope that there is something on this list that lights a spark within you as…


What Does It Take to Become a Master?

What Does It Take to Become a Master?

I know sushi is cool and hugely popular nowadays, but I've never really been a fan. I mean, I can enjoy a good California roll as much as the next person, but a miniature rice football with some uncooked fish carcass on top? Ew. Nevertheless, I found myself being absolutely inspired - like goose-bump inducing, I-ought-to-get-off-my-butt-immediately-and-do-something-productive inspired - by a film about this odd little food. Of course, the movie is not really about raw fish and rice. It's about…