If you’re a creative person, you might hope that you’re extraordinary.  You might even believe it already.  But it’s actually not a good idea to think of yourself that way.

Tonight I almost had a head-on collision with a car, but veered and got away with a flat tire.  Every time I have a brush with injury or death I’m reminded of something.  There really isn’t time to waste being anyone but yourself.

I have some experience with crises.  There’s something really important to keep in mind when you’re in one.

You’ve gotten through every crisis you’ve ever faced.

I talked to my kids about global climate change this week.  It was hard to broach the subject.  I was embarrassed.

 

 I’ve talked about failing before, but this time I have some good news for young people.

In honor of my recent brave attempt to win another contest, I want to review, for myself and for others, what contests are all about.  There are ways to think about them that will make you a contender.  There are other ways to think about them that will make you miserable.

 

The prime motivator in my life at present is my need to be validated.  The rules are simple:  I want to be acknowledged by a reliable source for something I believe I have done well.  This motivator has been a huge blessing and a serious curse to me, and I’m deciding what to do about it.

I don't have a particularly deep or inspiring blog this week.  I just had it in my heart to say something.  It won't take long.

I hadn’t had a piano lesson in 15 years. 

Recently I’ve been directed to a remarkable article in the Harvard Business Review called “The Feedback Fallacy” by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall.  The article explains why the idea of giving “feedback,” touted by a lot of businesses as a great tool for developing learning in their workforce, in fact has the opposite effect. 

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