These articles respond to the third most important concern of my online readers according to the Annual Readers’ Survey 2015. They help you see through the egotistical and political clutter to deal directly with your frustrations head-on so that you remember why you are passionate about music and stay motivated when participating in it.

Browse at your leisure, or dive straight into them. Then join in the conversations in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

  • A new word for the urban dictionary One of the ways I help make the world a better place to live is to encourage and guide classical musicians towards a well-paid, full-time career sharing live music with others.
  • Why: Take it slow. It took five days to find my Why. The Why gives you the momentum to keep going. So make it a good Why. Take it slow when finding it.
  • It’s not a random crusade The result of setting SMARTER goals, turning them into plans, and identifying each next step, can be seen in comments like the ones Chris made above.
  • What I did to change my life for the better It seemed pointless trying to work on my physical health, finances and career if I didn’t first establish a solid set of building blocks to base my decision-making paradigm on.
  • Has this been your best year ever? If you want to achieve anything this program will help. It’s not for everyone, but it just might be perfect for you at this time of your life.
  • Is it a pipe dream to want to be The Best? Becoming “The Best” is a temporary illusion that means someone judges you better than the person next to you. At least today until someone else comes along who is 10% better.
  • Community validation is a huge deal. FTP Donation Envelope MessageThe other day, as I was sorting through the mail, I flipped one hand-written envelope over to open it. But what I saw made me tear up.
  • How did you become an expert? Knowing just one thing more than you did before about the composition or the composer helps you immeasurably, and makes you an expert… especially if the folk you are hanging out with don’t already know it!
  • The Unfettered Worship of Mediocrity excellence vs. mediocrityWe can do better with both our expectations and our praise – the tap is adjustable and doesn’t need to be fully on or fully off all the time.
  • Jeff Skoll on making a difference Someone came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. That’s just horrible.
  • Robinson – be original If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
  • Marston – Inspiring Possibilities Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.
  • Haskins – What lies before us What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Credit as concluded by Quote Investigator
  • Schuller – Succeed at nothing I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.
  • Ashe – Start Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
  • Dress Code A different kind of dress codeA different kind of dress code
  • Are shrewd assumptions the best way forward? one way signOne person suggested they have made so many mistakes in life that they can’t identify one particularly obvious one to mention, and Jeffrey Biegel actually shared an “oops” mistake…
  • What miracle changes should a magic wand make? magic wandMarketability seems to be the clear driving force behind who becomes a celebrity, and that in turn has a strong influence on popularity-seeking decision-makers.
  • My new book! As a musician, how effective are you at sharing music with others? Could you perform better, relate better, choose more engaging music, perform in environments more suited to your personality? Answers you need but didn’t know you should look for.
  • How life rewards the committed professional CoffeeWhy choose to be committed to anything? What rewards and benefits do I get by committing to something? What happens if I over-commit myself? Will committing to something make me feel any better than I do now?