It’s natural: when you see someone doing something you long to do, you automatically search for reasons to justify why they’re doing it and you’re not. Maybe they had encouraging supportive parents and yours belittled you. Maybe they got their start at a younger age and it’s probably too late for you now. Maybe they …Continue Reading »
I work with my coaching clients by phone or Skype. Without visual distractions such as appearance or facial expression, I can listen really closely to tones and inflections of voice. As they tell me about themselves, often sharing things they haven’t told anyone else, I quite quickly get a feel for who a person is. …Continue Reading »
I keynoted at a conference a few weeks ago. As usual, as the date approached I felt the pressure intensify. It’s much better than when I first started public speaking years ago. For my very first paid speech, which was in front of several hundred people, I shook for the three months leading up to …Continue Reading »
I wrote this post at the end of a rather harrowing day. I spend time in New York regularly and am always sad to leave. That day I had to say goodbye to my beloved city yet again, so based on that alone, the day wasn’t off to a good start. I also love sleep, …Continue Reading »
Driving home the other night, I was flipping through the channels on my radio when suddenly the words that emerged from the speaker system made me almost stop the car.
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This past weekend I watched a movie on Netflix called “One Week”, starring Joshua Jackson as the main character, Ben Tyler. Stunned by a sudden diagnosis of end-stage cancer, Ben mercilessly assesses his current life circumstances, impulsively buys a motorcycle and takes off on a cross-country solo trip.
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I recently had a terrifying experience. The organizer of a series of flamenco events (according to local media, the biggest gathering ever of local and international flamenco artists) invited me to perform. My schedule was already packed, so I initially contemplated whether it would be masochistic to say yes. The events were to raise funds …Continue Reading »
I’m in Mexico right now, alone on a “working holiday”. I’m doing some writing and resting and reflecting on life. I used to take more frequent breaks, but haven’t in quite a while.
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Watching the events over the last week, and learning so much about Michael Jackson’s life has made me reflect a lot about myself and my own life, and I imagine the coverage may have had the same effect on you. Commentators frequently discussed how Jackson’s shy, reclusive personality (documented since he was a young child) …Continue Reading »