September 17, 2020

I've been leaving tons of comments on Instagram lately. It's so much work. (By “tons”, I mean 90, every day. THAT'S A LOT. Yeah, I know.) “Michael, what on Earth would possess you to leave 90 comments on Instagram every day?” Answer: The fact that it's hard. (By the way, I haven't yet gotten up to 90.

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September 12, 2020

We all tell stories. Stories about ourselves, and stories about each other. Those stories are not true or false. They're just stories. “WHAT??? Of course they can be true or false!” Sure, but that's not why you tell them. The only reason you tell a story is that it serves you to tell it. It's OK

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September 11, 2020

When I started this mailing list, it was for people who wanted to get better at playing the piano 🎹. (It wasn't even a cult back then.) Since then, it has changed into something different. Something broader than that. Lots of people have left, probably because they were expecting me to continue writing about piano forever 🙄. But the

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September 10, 2020

I've got a video for you. It's about guilt. I know you feel guilt. We all do. We're taught to feel it. We're taught to hate ourselves when there's a chance we might be doing something wrong. What are you going to do about that? Do you enjoy hating yourself? The problem isn't the feeling

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September 9, 2020

I never did my homework in school. Maybe a few times, but only a few. Why didn't I? Because I'm a lazy, underachieving procrastinator. Shouldn't that be obvious? (and you wonder why adults have self-esteem issues) Even now, it's hard for me to do homework. I don't think the name-calling helped much, unfortunately. Maybe I should write

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September 8, 2020

Objective perspectives can be liberating. When we get stuck in our own worlds, our thinking gets boxed in and we miss seeing the bigger picture. I didn’t speak much in Spanish class in high school. “¡Más fuerte, Miguel!” That’s what I heard, every day. I hated it. Foreign language classes are great for the talkative kids. Not

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September 7, 2020

I posted this on Instagram: “They’re not reacting to YOU. They’re reacting to their IMAGE of you.” A couple of weeks ago, I was walking down the street and I was approached by a guy who I assume was homeless. He asked me if I had $5. No, I didn’t. I almost never carry cash

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September 7, 2020

Here are ten tips for practicing any skill: Allow yourself to make mistakes. Use a timer. Practice even when you don’t feel like it. Record and share your practice sessions. Aim for quantity, not quality. Focus on bodily sensations while practicing, not on the work you’re doing. Identify what you’re afraid of, and practice that. Always be

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September 3, 2020

I’ve been inspired to create memes. You know, those stupid images with captions that tell some kind of story or express some emotion or whatever. I like the idea of taking a popular meme and reusing it to say something else. “Memejacking”, I guess it’s called. (I spent some time this morning researching memes, and

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September 2, 2020

When I was in high school, I attracted some interesting attention. My best friend and I liked to talk about science. He was loud. 💣 One day, we were chatting about nuclear bombs during lunch. You know, the usual stuff: how they work, how to build them, etc. The vice-principal approached us and began his investigation.

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