The Burden of Knowing

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I frequently tell people; don’t ask the question if you don’t really want to know the answer. For me, the question has frequently been some variation of “How do I get in shape?”

Intuitively, people must know that the answer to this question is not going to be pleasant. Common sense suggests that whatever a person did that led them to be “out of shape”, it will likely require that they do the exact opposite in order to eventually become “in shape”.

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The Road From Here to There

On the left, Chopsticks. A tune that almost anyone who ever had regular access to a piano knows how to play. A tune so simple, it gets used in movies and television shows specifically to illustrate a character’s lack of piano-playing ability.

Playing Chopsticks is easy, it’s common. It requires very little of you. Correspondingly, the “reward” for being able to play Chopsticks is nominal. It does not challenge the player and the piece does not transcend the listener’s over-familiarity with its repetitious melody.

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Who’s In Your Fan-Club?

I got an email yesterday. In it, someone I’ve never met wrote to tell me; “I wanted to say that you have inspired me to become a better version of myself…”

I suppose you could call that email a ‘fan letter’, since it was correspondence from a “fan”. It’s a big deal to have fans. Not because having fans makes you a big deal. Rather, the responsibility of having fans is a big deal.

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Leap of Faith

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Like most of us, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would have varied depending on how old I was at the time the question was posed. But now that I’m “grown”, the question tends to be, “So Mike, what do you do for a living?”.

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