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Learning to Be Bad

October 10, 2011

How many days this week did you do your morning pages?
I did them five out of seven days. I give myself a C+.

Did you do your artist date this week?
Sure did. Brian sent me happily on my way to the local coffee shop on Sunday morning, where I sat for two hours reading and drinking chai. It was glorious. Did you experience any synchronicity this week? Yes. My dad gave me a book that gave me the tool I needed to unblock. And no, it wasn’t The Artist’s Way, but it has opened a whole new world of possibility for my Artist’s Way project. (See my next response.)

Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery?
Yes. I read a book that literally has changed my life. The book is Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. The author didn’t tell me anything that I hadn’t heard before in the hundred or so self-help books I’ve read; she just said it in a simple and concise way that made it all click for me. All of my life, I believed that I lacked any ability to write songs. I believed that people either had the talent to write songs or they didn’t. I believed myself to be an interpreter of songs, not a creator of songs. What is funny about this is I also believed that I could do anything or learn anything I put my mind to . . . well, except songwriting. I have always admired people who compose, and thought, “I wish that I could do that.” Well, why not? Of course my first songs will likely be total crap, but how else will I learn and get better at it? I am giddy with possibility.

I encourage you to visit the website linked above and read her book. You’ll be amazed at what you can do by just changing your mind.

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  • Reply Sherck October 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    I haven't read Dweck's book yet–it's sitting on my desk, but that's the desk I never sit at–but it's been such a bit topic around this school for the last few years that I feel like I have a pretty good handle on it. It's been an interesting lens to look at myself and my students and to (I hope) develop the growth mindset. All the best to you!

  • Reply Soot October 11, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Of course you can write music!! Period!! This is exciting. Love your blog. Keep up the good work and 5 out of 7 days for morning pages is an A- at least. : )

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