I was speaking with a music teacher who I met last week and she told me an incredible story. She’s been teaching a certain instrument to children for decades. A few years back, two different seven-year-olds started lessons around the same time. One of them was gifted. She picked up everything immediately. She had the rhythm, grasped the melodies and never had to practice. The other one was the most challenged student she had ever seen. She couldn’t pick up the songs, she had no rhythm, and she struggled to play. But she practiced every day and she loved coming to class to learn more. Numerous times over the years the teacher thought of mentioning to her parents that maybe this instrument wasn’t for her. Maybe she should try something else. But she always held back as the girl seemed to enjoy the process so much. Continue reading
Angela Duckworth mentions in her book Grit that the word competition comes from a Latin word meaning striving together. The definition does not include anything about winners or losers. It’s about growing forward with others. Competing to best oneself. Continue reading
We all have days when we hit a wall. We wonder, “Can I actually do this? Why is it so hard? Why do others seem to succeed while I keep falling short?”
If everything happened easily, we would never become all that we were meant to be. Continue reading
Inspirational speaker Alexander den Heijer said, “You often feel tired not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.” Continue reading
I was listening to psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach on the Tim Ferriss podcast the other day. She asked, “What do I believe that is limiting me?” Do I, like many others, suffer from imposter syndrome? Do I think I’m not smart enough, thin enough, friendly enough, organized enough? Do I think I’m bad at presentations or networking or making money? Continue reading
I am currently reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. In it he writes, “Your mind is a ‘thought factory.’ It’s a busy factory, producing countless thoughts in one day.” He said that you make deposits in your thought bank constantly and these thoughts decide what your day will be like and if you will be successful. Continue reading
I recently saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and it was so inspirational. Talk about following your heart, finding your gift and never giving up. I always knew of the band Queen and Freddy Mercury, but when I look at their list of hits it’s mind boggling.
Another One Bites The Dust. Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Somebody To Love. We Will Rock You. We Are The Champions. And of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Continue reading
The game of life is won and lost in the mind. If someone tells you not to bother as you are not cut out for it, do you listen? Does it affect how you see yourself?
What other people think of you is none of your business but it’s hard to live by that mantra.
Do you believe in yourself beyond reason? Do you ask for forgiveness rather than permission? Continue reading
I am currently reading The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin. He won the national chess championships eight times starting at nine years old. Josh writes, “It is my nature to revel in apparent chaos. I’ve always loved thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, rough seas, sharky waters.” He feels this ability to believe in resilience through challenge is what helped him win so many tough chess matches. Continue reading
Forty-seven years ago, on October 1, 1971, Disney World opened in Orlando.
Walt Disney was turned down over 300 times for financing when he was trying to build Walt Disney World. But he was used to rejection. Continue reading