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  • 2020 in Review

    2020 will go down as a touchstone in human history. This was a year that saw a global pandemic fundamentally shift the way people work and live. While there is a tremendous amount of negative things that we can look back at, I’ve found that it’s always better to focus on the positive. I needed…

  • Free but not cheap

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote from Austin Kleon: “Free, but not cheap.” There are a lot of free things that we consume everyday that have a cost behind it; a creator who is putting together and sharing work with the world without asking for direct payment in return. It could be art,…

  • The Value of Doing Something Badly

    The Value of Doing Something Badly

    Fast Company published an article about how now is a great time to make mediocre art, and it reminded me of one of my favorite essays, The Perfect Game by G.K. Chesterton.  I encourage you to take few minutes and read the entire essay; but to summarize, Chesterton is playing a game of croquet with a…

  • Working through obstacles

    This is part recommendation/part lesson. I was listening to the podcast Cautionary Tales by Tim Hartford on Bowie, Jazz, and the Unplayable Piano. In the episode, Hartford tells the story of jazz pianist Keith Jarrett and a concert he played in Cologne, Germany. When Keith Jarrett arrived for a sold out show at the Cologne…

  • Just Finished: Mindfulness

    Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer This book encourages active thinking. It encourages trying to look at problems and interpersonal conflicts from multiple perspectives so as to look for different options for resolutions rather than being locked into one way of doing things simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. For me, the key…

  • Summer Reading: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

    Having a summer reading list shouldn’t just be for the kids.  If you’re  an entrepreneur, you should especially buy out time for reading, because it gives you knowledge and insight that can help you grow your business.  Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerburg, and hundreds of other successful business leaders devote dedicated time,…

  • Just Finished: Brain Rules

    Brain Rules by John Medina –  This book was recommended to me by a professor of music education as a good book for learning about teaching methodology.   Even as simplified as the science is, it’s pretty heady stuff (pun intended).  However, if you do any sort of presentations or teaching, there are some good…

  • The Read List

    This list contains affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you. These links are not a paid endorsement of a product or service. 2018 Poke the Box by Seth Godin – This book was less than…