Is This Really an Influential Factor in How We Choose Our Teachers and Mentors?

Is This Really a Significant Factor in How We Choose Our Teachers and Mentors?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Whether it’s choosing a piano teacher, thesis/dissertation advisor, career mentor, or decluttering consultant to spark more joy in our lives, how do we choose the people we choose? Logically, it would make sense for us to select the person with the greatest expertise, or the best track record of helping people achieve success. But then again, as neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor has said , “Although many of us think of ourselves as…


How to Keep the Critic in Your Head From Wrecking Your Practice Session

How to Keep the Critic in Your Head From Wrecking Your Practice Session

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Whether through books like The Little Engine That Could or TV shows like Sesame Street, I think many of us have been exposed from an early age to the idea that positive thinking is a good thing and negative thinking is a bad thing. And indeed, the research does suggest that pervasive and excessive negativity can not just be a real downer, but have some pretty adverse effects on our life as well. But when it comes to the impact of spontaneous,…


An Email Hack That Could Increase the Likelihood of Getting a Reply (and Possibly Make the World a Slightly Better Place for Everyone Too)

An Email Hack That Could Increase the Likelihood of Getting a Reply (and Possibly Make the World a Slightly Better Place for Everyone Too)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes What is the default phrase you use when ending an email? “Regards”? “Sincerely”? “Cheers”? “Thx”? “Snet fmor ym iPnohe, lulz”? (if you’re shopping around for a new sign-off, there’s a fun - and long - list here) Whatever closing you may be using at the moment, it turns out that the way you end an email could be more influential than you think. And not just in terms of how likely the recipient is to write back. Depending on the context, the way…


How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes By now, you’ve surely noticed that toilet paper is a hot commodity. And you’ve probably noticed that stores aren’t quite as fully stocked with eggs as they once were. So I guess I wasn’t totally surprised when I read a little while back that some folks began stress-buying chickens (as in real live ones, to lay eggs - not chicken, rotisseried, nuggetted, or otherwise). Which reminded me of the handful of chickens my family had when I was…


Having Difficulty Believing in Yourself? Here’s a Confidence-Building Technique That Doesn’t Feel Like You're Lying to Yourself.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours. -Richard Bach Like much of the rest of the quarantined world, I’ve enjoyed watching the ESPN documentary series The Last Dance over the last few weeks, and reliving memories of the Chicago Bulls’ six championships back in the 90’s. And sure, much of the fun is the nostalgia of remembering those big games and big shots, the shock of Jordan’s retirement, the excitement of Jordan’s…