“If You Like Sex, Don’t Be A Hooker”: Don’t Turn Your Passion Into Work

Motivational speaker and author, Barbara Sher, uttered this memorable line at one of her seminars in 2010.  If you love something, she said, don't feel you have to make it into a career in order to legitimize it.  It doesn't need to make you money in order for it to be a true passion.  The … Continue reading “If You Like Sex, Don’t Be A Hooker”: Don’t Turn Your Passion Into Work

See It, Then “Be” It: The Power of Visualization

I'm going to be a lot kinder to myself from now on. For a long time, I've lamented the fact that I haven't practiced my drums every day.  How on earth did I think I was going to improve? Well, I'm finished beating myself up, because although I never knew it, I've been  rehearsing on … Continue reading See It, Then “Be” It: The Power of Visualization

“Embrace the Suck” and Celebrate Your Screw-Ups

Miles Davis famously said that there is no such thing as wrong notes. Well, if Mr. Davis genuinely believed that, then he missed his true calling in life.  He should've been a teacher  or a motivational speaker instead of one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Heaven knows, we as a society … Continue reading “Embrace the Suck” and Celebrate Your Screw-Ups

Practicing Practice, or Creating New Habits

Please wish me luck. I'm about to perhaps foolishly drop a great deal of money on an online drumming course that promises to improve your technique in 26 weeks-which translates into six months.  This isn't an impulse. I've given it a great deal of thought, and although I'm not a fan of online lessons, I … Continue reading Practicing Practice, or Creating New Habits

Jealousy: Turning Your “Green-Eyed Monster” into Motivation

I'm going to share with you one of my dark little secrets: I'm a chronically jealous person. Writing this is scary, but liberating. Jealousy is just another color on the rainbow spectrum of complex human emotion, but it's gotten some mighty bad press. Deservedly so. Let's be honest. When we're jealous, we're hit with the … Continue reading Jealousy: Turning Your “Green-Eyed Monster” into Motivation

The Best-Laid Plans: How Goal Setting Can Keep You From Realizing Your Dreams

As the end of another year approaches, many of us are hit with the reality of  yet more time slipping away. I try to spin this in a more positive light as best I can.  The end of one year can mark the beginning of another-a blank slate on which new possibilities can be written. … Continue reading The Best-Laid Plans: How Goal Setting Can Keep You From Realizing Your Dreams

In Praise of Life’s Late Bloomers

“In the garden of life, late bloomers are especially beautiful”-Susan Gale   In gardening vernacular, late-bloomers are flowers that show their glory just as other flowers begin to fade.  Can the same be said for people? We late-bloomers like to think so. There’s at least one instance I can recall where being a relative newbie … Continue reading In Praise of Life’s Late Bloomers