Category Archives: Passion

Heart King

My mantra so far this year has been Heart King. This means that I am ruling my life from my heart primarily. This is an interesting proposition, considering I work in corporate America, which is very much the province of the mind. Here the heart is looked upon with suspicion. And yet, this is my […]

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Practical advice from jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel

“You must be continually finding yourself, because it is always changing. It may not seem like it but that is practical advice.” – jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (This quote was in response to an interview question asking for advice for young musicians.) We pride ourselves in being practical, and who couldn’t use some practical advice? […]

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Can’t decide? Let Your Heart Do The Work

There are times where I just cannot decide what is the best course of action, what the best choice is. I can become paralyzed with indecision, weighing pros and cons, and worrying I may not be making the right decision. Lately I have had better results – by far – by simply letting my heart […]

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The MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder, Firo-B and Second Intelligence Smarts

I use lots of different assessments with teams. Four that I use frequently are MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder and Firo-B. If you’re wondering, out of those, the MBTI is my favorite, StrengthsFinder my second favorite. Why? That’s the story for another day. What I’m most interested here is what they give people. These assessments give people […]

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Which Intelligence is More Important, the First or Second? (Costa Rica Tales)

I traveled recently in Costa Rica, trying to navigate public transit and shopping for food in a Spanish speaking country. I last studied Spanish over a decade ago. So this was a chance to try out both intelligences. The Persian poet Rumi says the first intelligence is, “one acquired, as a child in school memorizes […]

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Rumi and the Second Intelligence

Rumi and the Second Intelligence, that sounds like an 80s band doesn’t it? I spent the last month focusing on what the poet Rumi calls the ‘second knowing’. I’m familiar all my life with the first intelligence – the one that gathers and acquires, the IQ workout. But “this other intelligence” is one that I […]

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Rumi and the First Intelligence

The Persian poet Rumi has a poem called Two Kinds of Intelligence that you may have noticed the last post. He says we have two kinds of intelligences. Both are valuable, both are necessary to live in the world. Let’s look at the first intelligence today. This is the “one acquired, as a child in […]

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You’ll Never Get to the End of Mastery

I’ve been starting my musical practice with these cheery words. I’ll never get to the end of technical mastery. There’s always something else to learn, to get better at, to explore. So, there’s now no rush. And there’s nowhere to get to. Now is all I have, now is all you have, finding the spirit […]

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If in Doubt, Start With Spirit

If you’re strapped for time and only have enough time for one – either spirit or technique – go with spirit. (I am truly writing these words now as advice for myself). As Yeats wrote, “No man has ever lived that had enough of children’s gratitude or woman’s love.” That can read literally of course […]

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Werner Herzog Inspires You to Live a Raw, Pure Life

Legendary documentary film-maker Werner Herzog runs a film school every year. What does he teach? “The art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.” What kind of students does he […]

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