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Why You Should Write An Intimidation List 

There was hardly anything that didn’t intimidate me when I was young. Sleeping alone in the dark, taking classes outside of my comfort zone, telling people I loved that I loved them, doing a back handspring during cheerleading competitions — all of these things caused me immense stress, to the…

Take Yo-Yo Ma’s Advice On Learning Incrementally

While performing Bach’s Prelude from Suite No. 1 for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, cellist Yo-Yo Ma offered some advice for building habits and becoming more skilled that apply well beyond the realm of music.

Sometimes Making Progress Means Being Unproductive

There’s a big difference between being busy and actually being productive. Oddly enough, being busy often feels good because it’s familiar and it makes us feel productive. Productivity may feel good, but sometimes making true progress means giving up that feeling.