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A traveler meets two bricklayers and asks each what he's doing. The first mutters, "Working for a buck." The second proclaims, "Building a school that will educate children for generations." Both bricklayers are doing the same work, but the work of the second is imbued with more meaning, because it embodies a greater value. It thus gives greater motive force. The Avatar's Advantage The Avatar's Advantage
People you meet at the NY Academy of Science, especially at a meeting dedicated to innovations in the medical curriculum, are the most adherent people you expect to meet. Because if adherence to medication is all about knowing what the meds are for, and what happens when you fail to take them, then surely every doctor who becomes a patient, will be a model one at that. So, standing at the NYAS meeting space overlooking the construction at Ground Zero, still there as an open wound, I probe the physician standing next to me on adherence issues in his practice. "I'm in pulmonary disease," he says confidently. "We don't have adherence problems, because people are so scared, they do anything we tell them." After telling me what he thinks needed to be done at Ground Zero ("use the same blueprints and put the same buildings there"), he recounts tales of his NY childhood , and how, as a youth, he worked as a lifeguard on summer vacations. Motivating weight loss moves in mysterious ways Motivating weight loss moves in mysterious ways
In an interview a couple of years back about my book The Art of Singing , I was asked how I advise clients- both performers and professionals- to remain centered and unaffected by negative reviews. It was and remains a great question... a question I still encounter almost daily in my practice. Here is my answer. I love the Tao Te Ching , and reference it often. It, along with the tenants of Buddhism and other eastern philosophies, discuss the nature of duality and how a lack of attachment is the first step on the path to peace. I agree, and feel that readings in these areas would benefit all artists, and indeed, all people. Dealing With Criticism Dealing With Criticism
Cooperation vs. Competition: Not an either/or proposition Several years ago, I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin struggling to come up with an idea for my dissertation on the effects of competition on intrinsic motivation . Much of my interest in motivation stemmed from my own experiences in athletics and academics. I had long been fascinated why some individuals had tremendous passion for what they did, whereas others did not. One summer evening, still searching for ideas, I went for a bike ride through Madison's Elver Park to clear my head. As I biked into the park, I saw a couple dozen men playing pick-up basketball. I biked on and saw hundreds of men and women playing co-ed softball. Cooperation vs. Competition: Not an either/or proposition
How to Find Your Passion - Martha Beck
The Paradox of Goal-Setting
Dominoes vs Rainbows Dominoes vs Rainbows I recently wrote about choices and recognizing how much of our lives are under our control. The acknowledgment of this power is awesome and inspiring. It allows us to overcome obstacles, arise to new challenges, embrace changes, renew relationships, and quit the Blame Game.
Count to Ten and Reclaim Your Autonomy from Your Limbic Brain One of the top determinants of well-being is autonomy: the perception that one can govern oneself and not have decisions dictated externally by someone else. Understanding what autonomy is could be tricky. Many people mistake it to mean the same as independence, but it’s not. Being autonomous does not mean you do not depend on others to help accomplish tasks, reach your goals , and provide you with the many benefits of having company. Count to Ten and Reclaim Your Autonomy from Your Limbic Brain
Intrinsec motivation

Externally self-motivated: A winding tale of love, unemployment, evolution, theology, apples, and oranges. Externally self-motivated: A winding tale of love, unemployment, evolution, theology, apples, and oranges. My writing drives some people crazy because I make big jumps from one topic to another. One minute I'm talking romance, the next I'm talking the origins of life. I aim to edit for smooth transitions but there's a bigger problem than prose styling.
Wildly Improbable Goals
Dan Pink - Drive
So, this work has me wondering, What does the pursuit of mastery have to do with fear? And what does mastery have to do with all of this talk about following our passions these days in this broken economy? Whose Reality? From Fear Toward Creative Mastery From Fear Toward Creative Mastery
In my house, we talk a lot about 'model railroader syndrome.' When my husband was in high school, he spent a lot of time building model railroads. He'd lay out his track, put up the chicken wire mountains, and lay out the buildings. Then he'd start the hard work of plastering, laying artificial grass, putting in trees, and painting. Halfway there, he'd just stop. Why Do Daydreamers Fail? Why Do Daydreamers Fail?
Things You Must Never Say Aloud There is a lexicon of phrases that can destroy each of us. They have the power to halt progress, kill a dream and, ultimately, turn you into a shriveled up person who you no longer recognize, and somewhat despise. These words vary for people, but their poisonous sentiments are universal. These messages we tell ourselves serve only to make us feel ashamed, powerless, and unhappy. Things You Must Never Say Aloud
Why Passion Is a Gift Lots of different definitions of giftedness exist. While these theories differ in important ways, such as their dimensionality, their emphasis on creativity, or their focus on developmental and environmental factors, there is one important way they don't differ: they all include preexisting ability as the most basic requirement. To be fair, definitions of giftedness have evolved quite a bit over the years. Prior to 1972, practically every school used one criterion and one criterion only: an IQ cut-off of 130. This criterion was heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Lewis Terman , who equated high IQ with genius. Then the first federal definition of giftedness came along in 1972, which was undoubtedly an important step forward.
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Note: This article is Part I of IV of the Be Possible Writing Project Series. You can craft vision boards, find a year-long intention word or three words or phrase, perform a New Year's Eve I Ching reading, plan and plan and plan, and tell yourself 108 times each morning for a month that you're a good person who deserves a fulfilling life. And still, 12 months later, little beneficial change happens. Little gratification ensues. In fact, some of the above might be counter-productive. Not even goal-setting alone seems to work for most solo-preneurs and business owners. Why Writing Trumps Positive Thinking Alone for Goal-Setting
Note: I’ve updated this oft-read post from December 2010 for this year’s readers. Enjoy. I never make New Year’s resolutions. New Year's Goal-Setting Questions for No-Goals CreativesA Hut Of Questions
Nine Secrets of Courage
Famous Quotes Database
The Art of Getting Started