It’s April 15th. The un-holiday. Tax Day. Most people’s feelings about taxes range from mild annoyance to white-hot anger, but I believe it’s possible to feel good about paying taxes. I know it’s possible, actually, because I’ve learned to feel good about paying them. I was watching an old Jim Rohn seminar on YouTube when […]
Below, you'll find articles on personal development. What is personal development, you ask?
It's simply making a conscious effort to get better at life.
Specific topics include learning new skills, overcoming fear, and giving generously.
From 2008 to 2012, I was a freelance musician. I played gigs of all kinds and taught students from ages 2 to 22. It was a great experience. My gig these days is in academic advising (8-5 instead of 8-midnight), but I still think like a freelancer. In addition to “working for” my students and […]
In college, I maxed out a credit card at a dive bar. A dingy, dirty hole-in-the-wall, Ryan’s had $3 pitchers of Bud Light and cheap tacos on Thursday nights. I spent way too much time and money there. Handing my credit card to the bartender at the end of a long night, I often said […]
This post is part two in a series. Part one is here! If you’re not reading nonfiction, I hope I can convince you to start. Here are four more books that have made a major difference in my life! Getting Things Done Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation, but […]
In 2010, I started reading personal development nonfiction, and it transformed every part of my life. I was in a tough position at the time (trying to finish a Master’s degree in trumpet performance with a severe lip injury, a truckload of self-doubt, and nearly $50,000 in student loan debt). Since I had a lot […]