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Luck Still Doesn't Exist, and Acceleration

"Is Exponential Growth Possible?" got a few really good comments. Riley Harrison left a really good comment and questions -

Hello Sebastian,

A great blog. One of the realizations that helped me was comprehending that if an insight or epiphany wasn’t actionable (didn’t lead to action) it wasn’t of much value (other than recreational). I have thought way too many deep thoughts, read too many self-empowerment books searching for the non-existent silver bullet (insight) that would allow me to bypass hard work, accumulation of small victories and risk taking.

The traditional barriers/obstacles (time, money, energy, risk taking etc) are to me somewhat secondary to just plain old inertia. But being at the right place at the right time – is that serendipitous luck or something else. You do have to factor into the equation that you are shooting at a moving target (circumstances change and you change) – times stands still for no man… As to the list of things to make you grow I would add that being conversant in the latest findings in neuroscience and positive psychology wouldn’t hurt.

Early on a Sunday morning

On Where Pianos Roam

Anticipation.  Nerves.  Excitement.  Uncontrollable fits of random smiling. I experience all of the above on the day of a show.  The feelings never get old.  If it ever got to the point at which I lacked any and all feelings before a performance, I would probably quit.  Nonetheless, it is always an exciting time for me. Tonight, I finally play my show at the Rutledge.  This show has been booked for months, and the day has finally arrived.  It's gonna be so much FUN!!!!  People will finally hear some of my songs in the ways they were intended to be heard--with drum and bass.  This kicks off a whole slew of shows to promote my forthcoming album "Seahorses" which is due out in November. I've been running my list in my head.  My "list" being all the things I've learned from past shows.  It's a good solid list of do's and don'ts.   Most of it is internal.  You might find this odd, but I also do a good bit of mental preparation before a show.  I've learned that about 90% of what determines the outcome of a show is in the performer's head.  If they've practiced enough, the actual material shouldn't be the problem.  For that matter, you can practice a piece five million times, and you can still mess it up at the actual performance. I view a show as an intimate exchange of thoughts and ideas.  In return for the audiences' attention and attendance, I give all that I have to give in return--a full throttle display of artistry and grace. Well, I must get going.  There are still things to do to get ready for the show. By the way, while I was writing this post, I got a very random, but HUGELY awesome, surprise.  I'll tell you more about it later. Have a flower!!  (And think happy thoughts about me around 8PM tonight!!) HUGS!!! -g

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