54c - Warrior


“If Man Works Hard the Land Will Not Be Lazy.”

Chinese Proverb


“Persistence is the mother of personal change.”

Robin Sharma


“Obsessed” is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

Russell Warren


“Don’t Practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

Michael Jordan


“The key to my success is perseverance, the virtue of the less brilliant”

Santiago Ramon y Cajal


“Every arrow that hits the bull’s-eye is the result of one hundred misses.”

The Sages of Sivana 


“Your I CAN is more important than your I.Q.”

Malika Chand


“What the victim calls luck, the hero calls relentlessness.”

Robin Sharma

“Success is the result of persistence, stubbornness and willingness to strive for several minutes to understand something that would take most people to give up after a few seconds.”

Malcolm Gladwell


 “Failure is not having the courage to try.”

Robin Sharma


“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

William Saroyan


 “Try again, fail again… Fail better”

Samuel Beckett


“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”

Winston Churchill


“The ones who sweat more in practice bleeds less in war.”

Spartan warriors


“You never fail until you stop trying”



“If I don’t fear mistakes it’s because I am always ready to fix them.”

Bento de Jesus Caraça


“How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.”

Robert Brault 


“I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”

Yogi Raman


“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.”

Charles Barkley


“I’m always feeling like I’ve got to be better”

Stephen Curry (NBA’s 2015 & 2016 MVP) 


“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”

Coco Chanel 


“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”

Chinese Proverb


“Be the player, not the chess piece.”

Ralph Charrel


“Master being different. One day you will be recognised because you are different.”

Shaquille O’Neal


“All you have in life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name, then you’ll never be happy. The thought will always lurk at the back of your mind that people don’t trust you.”

Richard Branson


“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”

Henry Ford


“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.”

Dan Reeves


“Life is a battle. If you fight with anger you’re the problem. If you fight with joy you’re the solution.”



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

Martin Luther King Jr.


“You have to make a stand because when you are really good people don’t like you.”

Charles Barkley


“Be the best, and prepare to be attacked. Only mediocrity is safe.”

Paulo Coelho


“Impose yourself as a person who challenges, consistently, the status quo and most people will learn how to avoid defying you.”

Tim Ferris


“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”



“Make ambition errors, not indolence. Develop the ability to do bold things, but not to hold back.”

Nicolau Maquiavel


” Fighting for the truth may put you all alone against the whole world.”



“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Some people don’t understand you and some will become your opponents because your truth will destroy their lies. Their lies are their comfort, and their hope. Your truth is too dangerous.”



“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know that we were seeds.”

Mexican Proverb


“Respect belongs not to the critics, the person in the bleachers or the audience. Respect and admiration belongs to the person in the arena who has the dream, who has the vision, who rolls up the sleeves and has the guts to have the vision done.” Theodore Roosevelt


“The thousand-mile journey begins by taking that first step.”

Robin Sharma


“Biologists often speak of the ‘ecology’ of an organism: the forest’s tallest oak is not the tallest just because it originated from sturdier fruit. It is also taller because no other tree blocked the sunlight in its direction, because the ground around it was deep and fertile, because no rabbit gnawed its shell when it was still new, because no woodcutter brought the tree down before it was fully developed. We all know that successful people originate from resistant seeds. But do we have enough information about the sunlight that warmed the soil where they laid their roots and the rabbits and lumberjacks of whom managed to escape?”

Malcolm Gladwell


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow-man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Ernest Hemingway


“The job of a leader is to grow more leaders.”

Robin Sharma


“Work ethic eliminates fear.”

Michael Jordan


“Small wins lead to large victories.”

Robin Sharma


“When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion.”

African proverb


“Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.”

Wil Rose


“The thing that is really tough is to have worked so hard to be as good as I can be and to be so misperceived by so many people as such a selfish, arrogant, internally focused person.”

Kobe Bryant


“People are not brave enough to accept their own ignorance.”



“The best defense is a good offense.”

Dan Gable


Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin



Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. 


Mistakes are the proof of hard work and living in the edge of your abilities.


Confidence is not about if “they will like you”. Confidence is about “you’ll be fine if they don’t.”


Fortune favours the bold.


If you’re going to make a mistake, make a wild one.


If unpopularity is the price you pay for your principles than it’s a small price.


 Week people revenge, strong people forgive, intelligent people ignore.


Adversity does not create character; reveals it.


If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture.


The warrior who sets out to battle thinking the war is lost and does nothing to change it, surely, will come back defeated.


Inspiring is the average person doing extraordinary things.


If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.


Misunderstood is the price ambition pays to become legendary.


Confrontation might be scary, but it will separate out your true friends from your false ones.


Sometimes in life, you need to fight back to earn some respect.


From struggle comes strength.


Courage gives you the self-control to persist where others have failed.


Courage allows you to do whatever you want to do because you know that it is right.


What comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.


How hard do you play when no one is watching?


Practicing key habits when we don’t want to is the most key habit of all. 


Consistency is the mother of mastery.


It took me 20 years to become an over night success.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


I have learned that nothing is impossible and that almost nothing is easy.


If I have seen farther than others, it is simply because I have stood on the shoulders of great teachers.


And that’s a wrap.  Have yourself a merry little Christmas. And a Happy New Year too 🙂  With all my love, respect and admiration, I hope to see you soon.  2017, here we go!


53 - Peace

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace”

Robert Sawyer

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

Lao Tzu

“If you will always want more than you have, how can you ever be happy?”

Robin Sharma

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

Henry David Thoreau

“If one wish only to be happy, this could be easily accomplished. But we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”


“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Your brain needs to let go of the worry and relax so it could rise to the realm of genius.”

Robin Sharma

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Mark Twain

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” 

Criss Jami

“Creativity needs a space to present itself. If your mind is full of worry then there’s no space for the muse – the creative goddess – to show up with your game changing ideas that you can then act on to get you to world-class.”

Robin Sharma

“Only someone who has Surrender has spiritual power.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Your environment explains your results.”

Robin Sharma

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Khalil Gibran

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”

Joyce Meyer

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Ancient Indian Saying


“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

“Love between big and small is possible, if the big is not aware that it is big. The tree did not know it was big; only man has that kind of knowledge. The big always has the ego as its prime concern, but for love, nobody is big or small. Love embraces whomsoever comes near.”


“Love is ever ready to bow; the ego is never ready to bend. If you approach the ego, its branches will stretch upwards even more; it will stiffen so you cannot reach it.”


“Love is always happy when it can give something; the ego is always happy when it can take.”


“One becomes like a king when the flowers of love are there, but one becomes poor and miserable when the thorns of the ego are present.”


“Love is happy when it gives comfort to someone; the ego is only happy when it gives discomfort.”


“Love is sad when it cannot share; love is sad when it cannot give. Love is grateful when it can share. When it can surrender, totally, love is the happiest.”


“The man who becomes big, whose ambitions grow, finds less and less time for love.”


“The ego is always motivated. Only if there is some purpose to be served will the ego come. But love is motiveless. Love is its own reward.”


“Getting broken also makes love happy, but even after getting, the ego is not happy. The ego always desires more.”


“The ego sees love as madness, as a childish fantasy.”


“Love is giving; love is ever ready to give.”


“The ego only goes where there is something to gain. The ego is an eternal beggar, in a continuous state of demand, and love is charity. Love is a king, an emperor!”


“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.”

Yogi Raman

“Why do you feel that you have to do things the same way as everyone else? Run your own race.”

Robin Sharma

“Wisdom can’t be shared. Shared wisdom sounds like madness.”

Hermann Hess

“Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.”

Yogi Raman

“If you understand, chop wood and carry water. If you don’t understand, chop wood and carry water.”

Old Zen Saying

“Everyday the wind and the sea clean up the footsteps of those who crossed the beach.”

Khalil Gibran

“A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”

Ancient Chinese Proverb

There is power in silence and in stillness. Stillness is the stepping-stone to connecting with the universal source of intelligence that throbs through every living thing.


Lasting happiness comes from steadily working to accomplish your goals and advancing confidently in the direction of your life’s purpose.




Enrol on a non-alcohol diet.


Engage on an absence of complaints.


Experience masturbation abstinence.


Control your mind. Do not allow to be controlled by it.


Don’t Worry. Relax. Let go.


Meditation is simply exercise for your brain. It’s a proven technique for preventing the voice in your head from leading you around by the nose.


When Bruce Lee was worried he dumped his mind in a piece of paper and then set it on fire. This trick clear out the worries out of his mind so he could focus on what’s most important.


Stop majoring in minor things. Enjoy your life.


Do what is right for you.


Stop trying and surrender.


Look at the pain of your past as a wise, old teacher.


Let the work “work” for you.


MANTRA = In Sanskrit, ‘MAN’ means ‘mind’ and ‘TRA’ means ‘freeing.’ So a mantra is a phrase which is designed to free the mind.


Regret is not an activity for which I have any time. Every dawn is a new day to the enlightened one.


By putting out positive thoughts & correcting your mistakes, you can heal your problems.


We can’t control people. We can only control what’s in our mind.


To decide whether you are doing something in the right way ask yourself, “Am I maintaining my peace while doing this?”


Silence speaks a thousand words. 


When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.


The wounds of honour are self-inflicted.


Clean up the people around you who seem to have a problem for every solution. Negative energy depletes our trust and confidence tanks.


I am yet to destroy a good relationship. It seems I’m only able to vanquish bad ones.


How much pain has cost us the evils which have never happened?


 52 - Optimization

“It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer.”

William Of Occam


“Expensive words mask imprecision. A clear writing derives from clear thinking. Think simple. “

Tim Ferris


“If I had more time I would have written you a shorter letter.”

Blaise Pascal


“When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles (generally three to twelve of them) that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.”

John T. Reed


“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

James Taylor


“The things that get schedule are the things that get done.”

Robin Sharma 


“Lack of time is, in fact, lack of priorities”

Tim Ferris


“The person who chases two rabbits catches neither.”



“When you spend your time and precious mental energy focusing on the meat, you have no time to waste on the fat.”

Robin Sharma


The way to be successful is to learn how to do things right, then do them the same way every time.”

Pat Riley


“The best time to plant a tree was forty years ago. The second best time is today.”


“Talk to those who can make you better than you are.”



“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.”



“If something isn’t help you to be stronger, then it is weakening you.”

Tim Ferris


“Silence is the place productive people go to think.”

Robin Sharma


“The man who grasps principles can successfully handle his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

Woodrow Wilson


“Taking out the bad does not create the good. It just leaves a vacuum.”

Tim Ferris


“The potential you don’t express today turns into pain tomorrow”.

Robin Sharma


“Did we not know that the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.”

Benjamin Rush


Regardless of the fucked up acts of others, we have to reach within ourselves and grow.”

Tim Ferriss


“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

Theodore Roosevelt


“You have to take a look in the mirror and say – how can I get better? – All players think is somebody else’s fault. But when you’re a great player, your job is to make the lesser players better.”

Charles Barkley


“If nothing comes into my head (while improvising), I just start playing. I start to play a scale. I start to play something. And as I play, I know something is going to come to me”.

Robert Levin


“Practice is not what a person does when it becomes good at something, but what it does TO become good at something.”

Malcom Gladwell


“Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.”

Carol Dweck


“We discovered that those who think that innate intelligence is the key to success begin to discount the importance of effort. I am smart, the kids’ reasoning goes; I don’t need to put out effort. Expending effort becomes stigmatized. It’s public proof that you can’t cut it on your natural gifts.”

Carol Dweck


“A person who grows up getting too frequent rewards will not have persistence, because they’ll quit when the rewards disappear.”

Robert Cloninger


Replace “more work” to “work smarter.”


Learn to say “No”.


If it’s not important, don’t waste time on it.


 Let the little bad things happen and look for great things to materialize.


A lot of missteps were undertaken by doing nothing.


Extremism in the pursuit of excellence is not a vice.


Confidence is what turns thoughts into action.


Confidence is a belief in one’s ability to succeed.


Ambition mistakes come from a decision to act. But the mistake of indolence implies doing nothing, i.e., refuse to change a bad situation for fear.


You can either choose to be creating or to be consuming.


High levels of self-confidence can be a result of “Dunning-Kruger Effect” which essentially means you can’t recognize your own ignorance.


Spaced practice = smaller number of repetitions spaced several times through the course of a day, week or month.


Interleaved practice = Re-order your topics and subjects in a random fashion. This way you’ll prevent yourself from boredom and continuously trigger your brain to new things.


Varied practice = multiple variations of the same exercise, whether in time, speed, rhythm, posture, fingering or anything it comes to mind.


Visualization helps you get better, faster. Visualize your fingers, scale patterns, phrasing, articulation, melodies, transcriptions and ideas of your own.


Mindful practice: When playing your instrument apply deliberate attention to every detail: your breathing, the fingers, the strings, the soles of your feet, the sound of the wood… literally everything!


Eliminate every possible source of disruption from your practice sessions: phone calls, texting, messaging, Facebook, shopping lists… Oh, and your ego, also!


Reverse the fallacy that stands for “If I work hard I’ll be successful and then I’ll be happy”. The truth is that if you grow stronger to be happy you will be successful and that will make you want to work harder!


Focus on being productive and not on being busy.


EFFICIENCY = Acting on what bring us closer to our goals.


PARETO’S LAW (Law 80/20), 80% of results come from 20% of effort and time.



  1. A) The less time you have to accomplish a task, the less time is wasted and higher concentration will flow to important things.
  2. B) Higher shortage of time is equivalent to greater objectivity, which increases productivity.
  3. C) The higher the shortage of time, the less waste of concentration.


Shorten your working time to narrow tasks to its fundamentals.


TIME is wasted in proportion to the amount available.


Divided attention for several simultaneous activities causes more frequent interruptions, fatigue and lapses in concentration.


More information equals less attention. Make sure you’re on an “information diet” (= Cultivate selective ignorance).


GROUP WORK – be sure that people around you stay focused instead of socialize, complain or ramble.


Use “DO NOT DISTURB” signs when at work.


Be objective. Say NO!


Being efficient does not mean being serious all the time.


More options lead to more indecision.


Think about your goals. Without them, your mind will create problems to solve.


Keep building your strengths and relax on your weaknesses.




Being busy does not equals being productive.


Brain exercises are a must: Speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving.


Your brain gets bigger, like a muscle, when it gets to think about something hard.


Set rituals. Don’t rely on willpower. Rely on those rituals.


The quality of your practice determines the calibre of your performance.


Good praise: “I like how you keep trying.”


To be effective, praise needs to be specific and sincere.


You remember things that ignite your imagination.


“Self-regulation” is the process that the most effective practitioners do to make sure they’re not being inefficient and simply banging their heads against a wall.


KAIZEN = Japanese word meaning constant and never-ending improvement.


Failing to plan is planning to fail. 


One day you’ll wish you had started sooner.



51 - Social Interactions

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”



“We don’t have to defend what we know. Others opinions can never affect us in that way. We only feel the need to defend what we’re desperately trying to believe”

Noah Elkrief


You don’t get frustrated because of events; you get frustrated because of your beliefs.

Albert Ellis


“When you demand people to act a certain way, you threaten their autonomy, and so they naturally resist. When you let them arrive at a solution on their own (or with gentle guiding) they’re more likely to comply.”

Chris Voss


Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it

Naomi Wolf


“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy”.

Isaac Newton


“Critics generally criticize the work they most wish they did.”

Robin Sharma


“What are they hearing that I am not hearing?”

Martin Taylor


“Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like but if someone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

Winston Churchill


“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”

Norman Vincent Peale 


“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

Charles Bukowski


We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

Isaac Newton


“I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

Isaac Newton


“In true friendship, one can express anything and everything without feeling ashamed or afraid of being rejected”

Aparna Chatterjee


In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.

Carl Jung


(Being a good teammate) “Is all about ENGAGEMENT. You start paying attention to what the other person needs and wants.”

Kenny Smith


Learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be.

Sonny Carroll


All that gifted children need is a community around to prepare them for the world. The lesson is simple. However, it is striking how often we ignore it. The myths of the best and brightest and self-made man say that to get the maximum human potential, just identify the most promising people. We look at Bill Gates and say, in a spirit of self-congratulation: “Our world allowed that 13 year teenager to become a tremendously successful entrepreneur.” But that’s the wrong lesson. The world only let a 13 years old person to access a time-sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had received a similar opportunity, how many other Microsofts exist today? When we misunderstand or ignore the real lessons of success, talents are wasted. If Canada created a second hockey league for children born in the second half of the year, the adult stars in this sport would double. Now multiply this lost potential for every field and profession. The world would be much richer than this where we settle.

Malcom Gladwell


Marita doesn’t need a brand new school, with sparkling facilities and a multitude of sports courts. She doesn’t need a laptop, a smaller class, a teacher with a Ph.D. or a bigger apartment. Also, doesn’t need a higher IQ or a mind as agile as Chris Langan. All these things would be great, of course. But none of it reaches the heart of the matter. Marita just needs a chance, because people in her world rarely get even a single opportunity to succeed in life. And look at what was given to her: someone took a little bit of rice fields to the South Bronx and explained to her the miracle of meaningful work.

Malcom Gladwell


  1. The Mastery-Approach: “It is important for me to perform as well as I can.”
  2. The Mastery-Avoidance: “I worry that I may not perform as well as I can.”
  3. The Performance-Approach: “It is important for me to do well compared to others.”
  4. The Performance-Avoidance: “I just want to avoid doing worse than others.


When children perceive that success is dependent on how they stack up relative to others, they worry about not being able to live up to these expectations. After all, they have no control over how others will perform, so this just adds to the uncertainty and stress of the situation. Performing up to their own abilities may not be a sure thing either, but at least it is more in their control.”

Noah Kageyama


Project Aristotle is a reminder that when companies try to optimize everything, it’s sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions and complicated conversations and discussions of who we want to be and how our teammates make us feel — that can’t really be optimized.


How to give feedback without crushing someone’s confidence (Part I):

I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them (i.e. criticism + high standards + assurance of ability).


How to giving feedback without crushing someone’s confidence (Part II):

I’m being critical because I have high standards” and “I’m holding you to these standards, even though they are challenging, because I believe that you have the potential to reach that level of excellence.” Doesn’t this feel more empowering?


If a resolution is not reached, you can both walk away knowing why you failed to compromise—you are being true to your individual values, and you simply haven’t found a way to make them intersect—for now.


When people are inadvertently hurtful, calling them on their behaviour will give them a chance to change their ways and to make amends.


Usually hardworking people get the most criticism.


Distance doesn’t ruin relationships. Doubt does.


In the best teams, members listen to one another and show sensitivity to feelings and needs.


Stop trying to impress people you don’t love.


If people try to bring you down it just means you’re already above them.


Kill them with kindness


Most of the times, aggression will drive your enemy to do something that you are trying to prevent.


When we deny people’s feelings, the logical parts of their brain literally shut down.


When a person can’t handle who you are, dumping you is really a sign that they know that they won’t be able to interact with you in the dysfunctional way they’d like to.


When people are deliberately hurtful or just don’t care, confronting them will bring out defensiveness or hostility, thereby revealing their true nature.


What has changed is that solidarity disappeared. When anyone was harassed, they got help from others, or at least their testimony. Nowadays they are alone before the harasser. This is particularly difficult to bear. Besides the fact of being harmed, they feel their friends’ betrayal. They suddenly discovered that their working friends are cowards who refuse to testify the damage. They start to avoid the harmed one and no longer want to talk to them. This is where it becomes difficult to get out of the well, especially for those who like their work and for the most professionally involved.


Listen to what your friends tell you because they can (and will always) tell you the things you don’t want to tell yourself.


A well-known principle of human behaviour says that when we ask someone to do us a favour we will be more successful if we provide a reason. People simply like to have reasons for what they do.” – The key word is “do this BECAUSE…


Getting together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.


Transparency leaves less room for imagination that can easily create unnecessary drama.


Happiness is partly a choice to accept what you can’t control and take control of what you can. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can always control your response to what happens to you. 


Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.


“Potential Vs. Product” AND “Prodigy Vs. Hard Work”

People tend to look at a Prodigy as a continuous Potential (a.k.a: a Product to be); and Product as the result of Hard Work.

Actually, a Prodigy has already spent a lot of (unnoticed) Hard Work into his/her craft. In our minds eyes, the Prodigy is closer to an already final Product then the actual Hard Worker. He passed the Potential stage. And continuous Hard Work rings out in our psychological memory has a Potential unfinished product.

So, “Potential is to Hard Work” as “Prodigy is to Product.”

Also, from the psychological point of view, a Prodigy (like, let’s say, Michael Jordan) is more likely to be admired (instead of envied) since the distance he is from common people doesn’t allow us to relate to his achievements or abilities.

In the end, Hard Work builds Potential into a Product that we will, eventually, call Prodigy, the state of easiness that comes from mastering our craft.



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“People ask ‘What is the meaning of life?’ on the assumption ‘meaning’ is something they should look for and find. But maybe meaning in life is something you create for yourself and others.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson


“It’s not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching. It’s what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.”

Robin Sharma


A young boy travelled far from his home to study under a great teacher. When he met the wise old man, his first question was:

– “How long will it take me before I am as wise as you?”

The response came swiftly:

– “Five years.”

– “This is a very long time” – the boy replied – “How about if I work twice as hard?”

– “Then it will take ten”, said the master.

– “Ten! That’s far too long. How about if I studied all day and well into the night, every night?”

– “Fifteen years”, said the sage.

– “I don’t understand” – replied the boy – “Every time I promise to devote more energy to my goal, you tell me that it will take longer. Why?”

– “The answer is simple. With one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey”.


“The harder you try, the longer it will take you to reach your aims.”

Robin Sharma


“You can’t be thrilled with life if you are too much full of knowledge.”



If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Isaac Newton


“In a community, we are all everybody’s teachers.”

John Kabat-Zynn


“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Antoine De Saint Exupéry


“Don’t accumulate. Eliminate.”

Bruce Lee


“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”

Isaac Newton


“There is never nothing going on.”

Peaceful Warrior


“The hallmark of expertise is figuring out what information is important.”

David Epstein


“The person who chases two rabbits catches none.”



Ask yourself this question: “What would I do today if today was my last?”

Robin Sharma


“Learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be.”

Sonny Carroll


“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”

Harper Lee


“If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”



“As long as you believe compliments, you will also believe in insults.”

Noah Elkrief


“Every communication is either an extension of love or a call for love.”

A Course In Miracles


“Some people will love you, not knowing how to express their love, and we understand their shyness as indifference.”

Paulo Coelho


“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”

Viktor Frankl


“Purify your heart before you let love into it, for even the sweetest honey sour in a dirty container.”



“The moment you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

Neil Gaiman


“What you don’t know can’t hurt you”

Japanese Proverb


“It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it.”

Khalil Gibran


“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”

Carl Sagan


Does an “I” exist?

Does a “world” exist besides “me”?

Do “I” cease to exist on bodily death?

Does the “world” cease to exist on my bodily death?

Erwin Schrodinger


“I am an artist at living. My work of art is my life.”



“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now”.

Zen Proverb 


“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

Bruce Lee


“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master”.

Robin Sharma


“The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts”

Winston Churchill


“No man is free who is not a master of himself.”



“Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.”

Yogi Raman


“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” Chinese Proverb


There are three mirrors that form a person’s reflection:

  1. The first is how you see yourself;
  2. The second is how others see you;
  3. The third mirror reflects the truth. Know yourself. Know the truth.

Chinese Proverb


“Wisdom without proper tools for its application is no wisdom at all.”

Robin Sharma


“People grow the most when they enter the Zone of the Unknown.”

Yogi Raman


“You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes.”

Robin Sharma


“Pain is a great teacher.”

Yogi Raman


“To transcend pain, I had to first experience it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

Julian Mantle


“We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”

William James


“Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yards.”

Robin Sharma


“I’m no longer in the world. The world is in me.”

Julian Mantle


“What would the child you once where think of the adult you have become?”

Robin Sharma


“What really distinguishes the stories of these people is not their fantastic talent, but the extraordinary opportunities they had. All outliers we reviewed so far have been favoured by some unusual opportunity.”

Malcolm Gladwell


We rarely admit it (or even realize it), but our behaviours are often a simple response to the environment we find ourselves in.”

James Clear


“Extraordinary achievements derive more from opportunities than talent.”

Malcolm Gladwell


“Success depends on many factors: Resistance, motivation, encouragement, reward, fun activities and also the good old discipline.”

Malcolm Gladwell


“The whole self-esteem movement taught us erroneously that praising intelligence, talent, abilities would foster self-confidence, self-esteem, and everything great would follow. But we’ve found it backfires. People who are praised for talent now worry about doing the next thing, about taking on the hard task, and not looking talented, tarnishing that reputation for brilliance. So instead, they’ll stick to their comfort zone and get really defensive when they hit setbacks.”

Carol Dweck


So what should we praise? The effort, the strategies, the doggedness and persistence, the grit people show, the resilience that they show in the face of obstacles, that bouncing back when things go wrong and knowing what to try next. So I think a huge part of promoting a growth mind-set in the workplace is to convey those values of process, to give feedback, to reward people engaging in the process, and not just a successful outcome.”

Carol Dweck


Give someone a lick and you keep them busy in the shed for an hour. Teach them how to practice, develop their own vocabulary and achieve their own musical goals and you empower them to pursue music for a lifetime.”

Chris Cooke


 Do not speak unless it improves on silence.


Change is the only constant in life.


Are your surroundings making you feel happier or more depressed?


The world around us shapes our behaviour.


We often create what we fear by spending time and energy fretting over our actual and potential mistakes.


If someone is causing us discomfort in any way, it has nothing to do with them. It has to do with how we perceive them. 


Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.


Most people are not just comfortable in their ignorance but hostile to anyone who points it out.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Until you change the way you look at things, those things you look at will never change.


There are 2 types of pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.


Whatever problem you don’t solve today you’ll get to re-address later in the same form or a different one entirely, internally or externally. Either way, it’s best to understand the true nature and purpose of conflict than to try to avoid it.


He who listens the truth has the same merit of he who speaks it.


The ability to improvise is much more vital than investigation.


Listen to your intuition. Too much deliberation will absorb your time.


Freedom implies responsibility.


Intelligence can be developed.


The brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.


Luck = preparation + opportunity


Self-knowledge is the stepping-stone to self-mastery.


The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.


It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself.


Only those who seek shall find.


SATORI = Japanese word meaning instant awakening.


If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever know when you get there?


When you run faster to be somewhere you’ll miss half the fun of getting there.


You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.


Praise, self-esteem, and performance rise and fall together.


Intimacy is not the search for something that is missing. It is the expression of something already found.


 When you experience anxiety there is no life or death situation, there is just feelings and you’re feeling them all at once.


Instead of devoting yourself to your instrument practice, try practicing EVERYTHING.


About Self-Compassion: Stop lying to yourself that you’re so awesome. Instead, focus on forgiving yourself when you’re not. 


Fatigue is a creation of the mind. Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams.


People who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.


We store information in terms of meaning, not according to a sensory mode (visual, auditory or kinesthetic). Memory is linked to meaning. Therefore we remember better what has bigger meaning to us.


Those things which are most important should never be sacrificed to those things which are the least important.


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you is nothing when compared to what lies within you.


There is a huge difference between making a lot of money and making a lot of life.


When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know it is the right thing for you to do.


A book is the best friend of the wise.


Some people learn from the errors others have made. They are the wise.


If youth only knew… If age only could…


Why dragging your butt to the gym can be so hard? If you go because you feel you have to or you should, well, it’s not really a voluntary decision. Your brain doesn’t get the pleasure boost. It just feels stress. And that’s no way to build a good exercise habit. Interestingly, if you are forced to exercise, you don’t get the same benefits, because without choice, the exercise itself is a source of stress. (The Upward Spiral)


Where there is Freedom there is Responsibility.


Dunning-Kruger effect” (the impostor syndrome) explains this phenomenon: Inept people don’t have enough experience to properly evaluate how little experience they have, so they think they’re brilliant when they’re not. On the other hand, experienced people realize how often they’ve been wrong in the past and will sometimes second-guess themselves (even when they’re right).


There’s nothing more expensive than free.


CREATIVITY is something:

1 – useful.

2 – original.

3 – Able to change your working Domain.


If you don’t follow a Master, become one. 


49 - Humor

I’ve been cleansing things that matter from things that don’t matter in my life. Just like cleaning a house , refreshing the Internet browser or organizing computer files in an external drive, there’s something liberating about focusing (and keeping close to you) all of real importance and value.  I’ve found that there are 6 areas I’m particularly fond about:

1 – Humor.

2 – Consciousness.

3 – Social Interactions.

4 – Optimization.

5 – Peace.

6 – Warrior.

All of these subjects are covered in Maximizing Performance. Over the next weeks I’ll focus on those specific categories and summarize it in some thought-provoking, mind bogging, über inspiring quotes. Let’s get down to it!

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius but what they don’ t understand is how difficult it is to put up with all the idiots of the world.”

Bill Watterson – Calvin & Hobbes


“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”

Oscar Wilde


“A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.”

Russian Proverb


“The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.”

Bill Watterson – Calvin & Hobbes


“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

Oscar Wilde


“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 


“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually turn out to be the boss and work 12 hours a day.”

Robert Frost


“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Oscar Wilde


“Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”

Calvin Coolidge


“A hypocrite is a person who – but who is not?”

Don Marquis


“Only the dumb envy the talkative.”

Khalil Gibran


“The envious praise me unknowingly.

Khalil Gibran


Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde


“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

Winston Churchill


“He was not clever enough to have enemies”

Oscar Wilde


“Con artists are greedy hucksters who sell us dreams that never come true.”

James Surowiecki


“An excellent man: he who has no enemies and none of his friends like him”

Oscar Wilde


“Every great man nowadays has its disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.”

Oscar Wilde


Walt Disney’s CHICKEN LITTLE fable:

  1. To influence de masses aim first at the least intelligent.
  2. If you tell them a lie, don’t tell them a little one; tell them a big one.
  3. Undermine the faith of the masses on their leaders.
  4. By the use of flattery insignificant people can be made to look upon themselves as born leaders.
  5. “Run to the caaaave! 🙂


“There is nothing about an individual as important as his IQ, except possibly his morals.

Lewis Terman


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

Bertrand Russell


“Practice is like raising a duck. If it grows fast or slow it’s the duck’s business not yours. Let go & just do your own work.”

Ajahn Chah


“It doesn’t take intelligence to be a jazz musician, there are dozens of prove of that around.”

Hal Galper


When you’re feeling bad about yourself, first check if ignorant people are surrounding you.


Procrastination is like masturbation. In the end you’re just fucking yourself.


There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.


Who wants to admit inferiority, and who wants to admit this as a reason to hate others?


Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.


I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.


Rather “Lucky” than “Good”… If you’re good you can still have no luck, but if you’re lucky its impossible not to be good.

I prefer to have a friend who calls me a motherfucker then a motherfucker who calls me friend.


Don’t worry about what other people think about you. They’re only too busy worrying about what others think of them.


Don’t worry about what others think. Most people don’t use their brain very often.


Some laugh cause they don’t understand… Others would cry if they do.


S.T.R.E.S.S = Shit To Remember Every Single Second.


H.O.P.E. = Hold on, Pain ends


P.A.I.N. = Positive Attitude In Negative Situation


I’m actually a very nice person, until you piss me off.


I’m a nice person. If I’m an asshole to you, you need to ask yourself why.


Love me or hate me, both are in my favour:

If you love me I’ll be in your heart.

If you hate me I’ll be in your mind.


I have learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is easy and fun as hell.

Self-Regulation: Becoming your own Master

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If you don’t follow a Master, become one.

Parents, teachers and mentors they all take care of us and it feels wonderful. But even under their wings there are times where you are left alone to be taken care by yourself.

Practicing an instrument, writing or any other art form requires a great amount of time alone. You can take homework, exercises and practice regimes from your tutors, but still, you’re on your own in the practice room.

Self-regulation is the process where you acquire practice and performance awareness. This is your self-monitoring and self-evaluation process. Now you’re in the driver’s seat on your way to become your own Master. Self-regulation is the cornerstone to Maximizing Performance.

A Self-regulated learner is able to maintain motivation concentration and effort during planning, executing and self-evaluating the learning process.

The musician’s practice regime is built upon the following:

1 – Motivation: What are your self-beliefs and long-term goals?

2 – Time: How many hours do you engage in a focused practice mode?

3 – Quality: What results have you achieved during the practice session and what goals are you pursuing?

4 – Social Influences: Where are you seeking help? Which teachers, books, etc.?

5 – Rest: Pauses, short breaks, long breaks, sleep, day off and vacation. Periodic rest increase efficiency. Relax, refresh, stretch and breathe.

6 – Procedures:

  1. The environment: Structure your space for focused practice sessions.
  2. Concentration: Practice meditation and visualization. It helps you to observe thoughts and emotions, therefore, you become more aware of your level of concentration (=focus and distractions).
  3. Setting short-term Goals and addressing difficulties.
  4. Planning: Identify and prioritize challenges to work on and prevent reinforcing bad habits.
  5. Self-Evaluation: Keep track of your progress. Be objective, non hypercritical and constructive.

7 – Practice Strategies (Methods):

  1. Slowing down
  • The goal is to build accurate habits.
  • Use the Metronome to keep a steady pulse and preserve rhythmic patterns.
  • Add speed gradually until reaching a target tempo.
  1. Repetition
  • Chaining: Identify chunks and progressively chain those bits of musical fragments together (Example: add the first note to the second, then add those two notes to a third, and so on). There are 2 kinds of Chaining:
  • Forward Chunking – Chain several chunks together following the stream of the song.
  • Backward Chunking – Chain several chunks together in reverse (for instance: from last bar to the top).
  • Whole-Part-Whole: Work on a specific isolated chunk and re-contextualize it in the entire piece.
  • Singing, Humming and Visualization: Mental practice (in between physical repetitions of a passage) also helps creating an accurate image of how the piece sounds.

Now it’s time to pave the way for greatness by Maximizing Performance.

For more on the subject check Indiana University Pete Miksza’s study on Self-Regulation: https://prezi.com/yowspr739y5l/miksza-rime-presentation-exeter-uk/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

1001 Creative Ideas

39b - Creativity

I always ask my students to come up with a list of (at least) 10 different ways to play a melody or solo.

Sparkling creative spirits in music is all about figuring out new and exciting ways to do manageable and pleasurable things sound different. Add character, passion, novelty and surprise to catch the listener’s attention!

What I’ll describe next is my own list of (I) melodic, (II) harmonic and (III) soloing concepts. The list keeps growing and I’d like you to join the challenge. Remember the clip and elastic rubber challenge? Let’s upgrade the concept to music, jazz and performance. Check it out:

I – Melodic Interpretation

1 – Single Lines

2 – Intervals

3 – Melody Chords

4 – Auto Comping

5 – Voice Leading

II – Harmony and Comping

1 – Duration:

  1. Equal/Regular;
  2. Longer (Let ring – Left hand doesn’t releases the pressure);
  3. Shorter (Staccato).

2 – Intensity:

  1. Light accent;
  2. Hard accent;
  3. Heavy emphasis on 1 and 3;
  4. Staccato on 2 and 4.

3 – Tempo:

  1. Push on 1 and 3. Steady on 2 and 4, and vice versa;
  2. Laid back 1 and 3. Steady 2 and 4, and vice versa.

4 – Strings:

  1. All strings on down and up strokes;
  2. Bass strings on down, all on up strokes;
  3. Mute strings on upstrokes;
  4. Pressure strings on upstrokes.
Combinations and Examples:

1 – “Minor Swing”: Regular & Light accent on all chords.

2 – “All Of Me”: Regular & Heavy emphasis on 1 and 3.

3 – “Si Tu Savais”: Stacatto & Hard accent.

4 – “Nuages”: Long & Light accent.

5 – “Douce Ambience”: No upstroke.

6 – “Hungaria”: Bass string on 1 and 3 & Treble strings on 2 and 4.

III – Improvisation: Soloing Concepts

Right Hand:

  • Rest Stroke
  • Down Up Down
  • Double Down Up
  • Alternate Picking
  • Economy Picking
  • Sweep Picking

Left Hand:

  • Two Fingers (Django Style)
  • 2 Notes per String
  • 3 Notes per String Runs (Metheny Style)
  • Enclosures


  • Vibrato
  • Bend
  • Slide
  • Hammer On/Pull Off
  • Ornaments
  • Open String Bounce
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Punctuation
  • Use of Silence
  • Syncopation
  • Clusters
  • Pace (Miles Davis Style)

Core Playing

  • Arpeggios
  • Long Lines
  • Triplets
  • 16th Notes
  • Using The Melody
  • Chord Anticipation
  • Over The Bar
  • Ascending/Descending Lines
  • Arpeggio Up/Scale Down
  • Octave Change Phrasing
  • Chord Tone Approach (ex: three notes under 1, 3, 5)
  • Chord Tone Extensions (9th, 11th and 13th)

Alternative Playing

  • Octaves
  • Intervals
  • Double Stops
  • String Skipping
  • Wide Intervals
  • Open Triads
  • One String Soloing
  • Pedal Note
  • Clusters
  • Low/Middle/High Register
  • Double Line Melodies
  • Harmonics

Playing Outside

  • Sequences
  • Triadic Patterns
  • Side Stepping


  • Chromatic
  • Diminished
  • Whole Tone


  • Laid Back
  • Ahead of Time
  • Rythm – Mixing Subdivisions


  • Chord Soloing
  • Re-Harmonization
  • Chord Substitutions
  • Progressive Diatonic Chords
  • Diatonic Chord Extensions Movement

Let’s share more ideas to this list, will ya? Leave your suggestions in the comments section bellow 🙂

How To Deal With Creative Blocks

39c - Creativity

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Jazz is all about expressing oneself creatively. But sometimes that liberating state of mind kind of feels closer to a rat in the cage than a lion out in the wild.

Unleashing creativity is all about thinking outside of the box. Exposing to new ideas and different concepts can really have the power to unleash a “Ah-Ha” moment!

There’s a creativity test consisting in finding multiple uses for the combination of a clip and an elastic rubber. Think about it… What ideas can you come up with? Check my list at the bottom and add yours in the comment section bellow.

Meanwhile, here’s some great insights on dealing with creative blocks:

1 – Creative Pairs: Find creative people to work with and brainstorm ideas.

Do you remember Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Simon & Garfunkle… John Stockton and Karl Malone? That’s the spirit 🙂

2 – Movement: Get up, take a walk, breathe fresh air, exercise… Just get that butt off the sofa!

3 – Creative Batching: Turn on your Pomodoro for a predetermined period of time and give yourself the opportunity to focus exclusively on creating something new.

4 – Sleep: Take a rest, turn your mind off, disengage from work, take a nap, go on holidays.

5 – Travel: Get out of town, go to a different unfamiliar place, experience something new, get out of your comfort zone, take new inputs and influences and break patterns.

6 – Copying: Play “in the style of”… Django, Metheny, Scofield, Frissell? You choose 😉

7 – Streaming: Let your pen flow directly to the paper. What did it come up with? Weird crazy stuff? Good, keep going!

8 – Media Diet: Cut off your online connections and stop absorbing all the incomes… stop the newsletters, the emails, the advertisements, the papers and the articles. Pace yourself and stop taking in new information all the time. Let your mind rest a bit. Unplug from constant new data. Allow a slight void and let your mind to do the work with great ideas.

9 – Switch Mediums: Work on other art forms beyond your own. If you’re a guitarist, play the drums or the piano, paint, do some poetry.

10 – Relax: Take a breath. Creativity is not always around the corner. Creativity is like a bird: sometimes it shows up at your door, sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t let stress disrupt your peace of mind. Creativity will show to the patient ones.

For more of the subject check James Taylor’s research at http://www.jamestaylor.me

About my list, here are some ideas for a clip and an elastic rubber:

  • Sling Shot
  • Ring
  • Piece of Art
  • Tools to fix a house problem
  • Lock opener
  • Table shim
  • Tab book
  • Scratcher
  • Puncture tool
  • Toothpick
  • Buckle
  • Earring
  • Prank tools!

Now’s your turn! Give it a go 🙂

The Inspired Student: Performance Practice

39 - Creativity

Did you know that the areas of the brain activated while playing from memory are deactivated during improvisation? Playing a written melody and improvising a solo activates different regions of the brain.

We all have a Classical musician friend unable to improvise or a Jazz musician friend that can’t read scores properly. It turns out that both are developing different neurological circuits.

Conversely, and at times, you might feel natural and easier to play a previously transcribed solo from a recording, while on other occasions that naturalness flows effortlessly to the ability of improvising your own solo.

As a Jazz Musician I was always fascinated (and intrigued) by creativity. What is it? Where does it come from? How do we grow, strengthen and develop it? How does it work?

Practice improves “muscle memory” (the ability to play without physical effort and excessive thinking). On the other hand, too much of “self-monitoring” often results in choking under pressure.

We’ve all been there: Practice, hard work, nailing concepts or tricky passages, but when time comes… we mess up.

Turns out we might only be working half the brain we should.

The motor learning acquiring process is a balance between (1) elaborating on what and how to produce a desirable sound, phrase or musical effect (technical practice) and (2) putting all of those concepts together in a musical context (performance practice).

The technical practice stage is our struggle to manage contents, to understand them and to apply them in context. It’s the stage where we have to think before we do. It’s the analytical, theoretical and practical thinking and executing happening in practice mode.

But we also need to get the other part of the brain involved in the process. We need to turn off the focused thinking mode and go to defuse thinking mode to be able to make connections and actually start improvising like a world class jazz musician.

The performance practice stage, on the other hand, is the automatic, freed and fluid action of playing an instrument without the need of conscious control of every movement. Music just happens. We’re in the zone.

In Basketball, for instance, we might think about a player who goes through the motions, executing drills, perfecting shooting motor skills and technicalities without engaging in real game time situations were action is required without possibility of corrections or run-throughs.

How many times do we, the musicians, engage in technical practice, correcting and perfecting licks, solos and musical concepts, without engaging properly in musical performance contexts? In Jazz the Jam Session plays a vital part in one’s development since it favors real-time musical events happening in real life musical environments.

But we can go beyond by transforming our practice sessions to resemble (the best possible way) all variables of stage performance:

  • Preparation rituals;
  • Dressing accordingly;
  • Playing with some friends around;
  • Playing through noisy environments;
  • Recording;
  • Simulating stage equipment and volume levels;
  • Playing through the entire song;
  • Playing through the entire repertoire.

Simulating real life performance situations favors preparation and habit which, in time, results in naturalness and easiness to optimized performances. So, the next time you go into practice mode, lock in with the intensity inherent to an actual demanding performance. You will grow consistency with your playing, confidence in your abilities and the thrill to perform in a regular basis.