LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
Taking time to avoid burnout is a mandatory in this modern world of over stimulation and insane working hours. We are bombarded thousands of time a day for a minute of our attention. We stress about our "brand", pumping out content on social media, managing relationships at work, planning ahead, practicing to stay in the game, composing, teaching, driving, jamming, texting, posting, blah, blah, blah. Time for a break, or my great attitude is going to get a little worn down.
So, I'm taking a month off of work. I'm gonna hang around and do very little except sleep, exercise, read, meditate on my priorities, and do maintenance practice. My first priority will be my wife. She needs a less distracted husband who is fit and cheery. It will be good.
Now the book.
First: I suggest getting on Brad Stulberg's twitter feed @BStulber He is his own best reviewer. The content on this feed and in this book can save your life.
In short: Get more rest. More rest=increased productivity.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.