Living Someone Else's Dream
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Today I was listening to a podcast by Tim Ferriss where he was interviewing marketing genius Seth Godin. In the three podcasts I've listened to where Seth Godin has been interviewed, I've been incredibly impressed, motivated, and changed. He seems to see the world through pure eyes, untainted with greed and self-aggrandizement. He is all about creating his form of art, and strives to not let outside sources sway him from that goal.
He suggested that everyone write a blog as a daily, meditative practice. I've always been a fan of meditation as it has helped me tremendously in my career as a concert pianist, with all of the stress and high-pressure situations it can bring (insert shameless plug for my and Lindsey's "Meditation" album HERE :) ). I see writing a blog as a way of being able to craft and sculpt oneself, publicly, with all of the vulnerabilities and self-consciousness brought to the forefront of your writing. I hope, even in a small way, that my writings may help even a few people, as it serves to help me solidify gems of knowledge that I may stumble across throughout the day.
I don't intend for the blog posts to be lengthy, as I felt an unnecessary need with my old blog to try to basically write an essay for each new blog post. The motivation here is that it will be a practice, a medium through which I can preserve some of the more valuable lessons I observe in this wonderfully unpredictable career of being a concert pianist and teacher, as well as life in general.
So, here's today's takeaway: who's dream are you living? What is the influence you would like to have on the world, on the people you come across each day, on one individual you meet? Are there outside influences pulling you away from achieving that which is of most worth? Are you saying "yes" to things that will pull you away from your purpose and mission (and possibly being a pawn in someone else's dream fulfillment), or are you decluttering your life to focus on a few precious endeavors that will bring your art to others? Be proud of your art, and share it with others. Don't be afraid of using the title of James Altucher's book, "The Power of No", as a mantra to help you say "yes" to the things that will actually bring about change.
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