I love the internet and am fascinated by how effortless it has become to stalk stay in touch with people and blackmail them get instant updates on what cool things they’re up to.
Of course, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the rest have also made it incredibly difficult to avoid comparing ourselves with everyone and their brother.
Melanie just won the Met job?!
Milo and Madison just got married?!
Michael’s quartet just performed with who?!
Have you ever noticed that most of the stories on the news aren’t really news, but bad news?
No, it’s not just your imagination. They don’t say “If it bleeds, it leads” for no reason.
After all, if the news program’s primary goal is for us to tune in, it would make sense for them to skew their stories towards the negative.
Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the practice room the next day to discover that you’re back at square 1? That nothing has really changed?
Part of becoming an artist, or a true pro, is cultivating an internal locus of evaluation – our own personal concept of what success, excellence, and beautiful art means. What it sounds like, looks like, feels like. That is, after all, the basis of our artistic DNA, and what gives us our unique voice.
But if we stick our heads in the sand too deep, we can run into a different problem.
Our learning stagnates. We get stuck on a plateau.
We’ve all been there.