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.

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  • 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 Commitment causes contentment and happinessWhy 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?
  • 4 staggering success beliefs you should choose right now Adopt these four mantras and you will definitely begin seeing ‘success’ as you have defined it much sooner than you ever thought possible.
  • What one frustrating barrier do you need to overcome? Where's that book?What is that one obstacle you must overcome first in order to complete today’s task and propel you towards you dream? 3 tactics that will propel you towards your dream.
  • The two greatest decisions you love to ignore You thought your lifestyle was an outcome, a result of your upbringing, or perhaps just chance. But it is actually a result of the decisions you made along the way.
  • Results of my Annual Readers’ Survey 2015 THANK YOU. For reading this post, and For completing my Annual Readers’ Survey earlier this month (if you did!). The analysis is complete and it is fascinating! Here is a brief summary: According to my Annual Reader Survey 2015, most of my readers are Christian men aged 25-39 years old who live in the USA, about half of whom have a Masters ...
  • 20 ways to conquer the world with a behind-the-scenes coach #StayMotivated with a coachWhat do Steve Jobs, Jodie Foster and Daniel LaRusso have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all related to the movies. However, there is a far more important connection they all share…
  • 9 Daring Ways to Assault Negativity and #StayMotivated Autumn Fall Colorful #StayMotivatedToday we explore three articles that help us face negativity and stay motivated through difficult and trying times. The College Board has advice for all of us, not just students, and the motivational guru Zig Ziglar shares one of the most important actions we can take to improve our lives and get ourselves back on ...