The Fallacy of Dreams: Why Maybe Will Get You Nowhere
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The Fallacy of Dreams: Why Maybe Will Get You Nowhere

“Maybe I’ll go back to school…” “Maybe I’ll get my teaching credential…” “Maybe I’ll move to San Francisco…” If you’re like me, you know “maybe” intimately like a friend.   Though “maybe” introduces a realm of possibility, the conditional form is also non-committal: it negates the responsibility for action.  I might write; I might sing. … Continue reading

Risk = Danger + Possibility
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Risk = Danger + Possibility

Risk means… danger of failing looking stupid feeling stupid embarrassing yourself making yourself known being vulnerable having a panic attack stumbling falling fucking up or  possibility of succeeding looking awesome/fabulous/brilliant feeling awesome/fabulous/brilliant realizing just how silly and baseless all your fears were in the 1st place feeling stronger feeling a billion times more confident stumbling … Continue reading

The Real vs. Theoretical Self: How to Stop Getting Drunk on Other People’s Visions for You
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The Real vs. Theoretical Self: How to Stop Getting Drunk on Other People’s Visions for You

“To be mature you have to realize what you value most.  It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity.  They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them.  They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of … Continue reading

Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self
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Innovators & Conservers: The Creative vs. the Practical Self

According to Julia Cameron, author of smash hit The Artist’s Way, there are two kinds of people: innovators and conservers.  As artists, we are most often innovators: we create and invent, experiment and explore.   Those who work with our work-agents, managers, publishers, gallery owners, curators, producers- are conservers.  As Cameron maintains, “conservers focus not on the … Continue reading

Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Just Thinking
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Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Just Thinking

Many pragmatic, scientific people dismiss the power of positive thinking because they assume positive thinking means thinking only.  “So what, I’m just supposed to believe I’m the writer of a national bestseller and then I’ll magically become the writer of a national bestseller?” skeptics scoff, “I call bullshit.”  But visualizing what we most passionately yearn for … Continue reading

The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life
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The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life

According to brilliant psychologist and pioneer of the positive psychology movement Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the key to a leading a fulfilling life is striking a balance between action and contemplation: “Inner conflict is the result of competing claims on attention.  Too many desires, too many incompatible goals struggle to marshal psychic energy toward their own ends.  It … Continue reading