The Mental Game

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We have a big charge in 21st Century Learning: develop a hybrid high school. If you look at the whole picture, it seems daunting, and I find comfort in the familiar old phrase: “How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

But once you put elephant-eating aside, and have done your design-thinking and defining of your character, it’s really a mental game.  That’s why I’m sharing this book with our team this week, not as required reading, but as inspired reading: The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production by Jason Timothy. I am going to list his top ten list which is packed full of great life lessons to remember when tackling creative work that will help you keep going, be productive, and not give up (list found in the opening of his book), but I found a podcast version on YouTube, so you can hear him read the chapter below. Warning: there is a small bit of language that is not student-friendly. 

  1. Your first attempts at making music won’t be great, and that’s the way it should be
  2. Nobody creates in a constant peak state
  3. Most of what you think you need to know, doesn’t matter
  4. Most of the tools you think you need, you don’t
  5. Your habits count more than your knowledge
  6. Everything you want comes through people
  7. You don’t have to be miserable to make good music
  8. Musicianship is optional
  9.  Time is the only difference from you and those who are now successful
  10. Everybody steals (borrow ideas)

     

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.
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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.

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