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50 Ways to Find a Job?

MONDAY BYTES — July 7, 2014

Here’s a terrific resource: a site called 50 Ways to Get a Job.

Even if you’re not looking now, the site has excellent tips for improving your quality of work life.

The simplicity and layout of the site invites you to dive in and check out each square, more like a game show than something you slog through.

I especially love these: ”Rethink an Industry” (Green); ”Map Your Current Career Path” (Orange); “Sit Quietly in a Room for 45 Minutes” (Purple); also ”List 20 People Who Are Rethinking Your Industry” and “Practice 4 Different Ways of Introducing Yourself” (Navy).

Invest in Yourself this Week: Browse the squares, find one you like, and DO it!

As always, I welcome hearing your thoughts and feedback!

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Dream big, Plan smart, Live well!

The Music Video Reinvented

MONDAY BYTES — June 30, 2014

This is the age of the Reinvented Music Video.

In an increasingly video-oriented culture, musicians are responding logistically, using video and live streaming for career / concert promotion as well as for performance distribution.

But musicians are also increasingly turning to video as an artistic media—not just to enhance the live and recorded performance experience (think Met simulcasts) but to transform the experience entirely.

Is the music video a new art form?

This week I took in the group OK Go’s latest viral music video The Writing’s on the Wall (4:16).

Here’s their behind the scenes video (4:32) of the making this latest project.

Questions for this week: What’s the most inventive music video you’ve seen lately? And how do you experience music differently with visual input?

As always, I welcome hearing your thoughts and feedback!

For info on working with me: details are HERE.

Monday Bytes archived posts are HERE.

Dream big, Plan smart, Live well!

What’s Your Compliment Habit?

MONDAY BYTES — June 23, 2014

Last week my friend Florrie brought up the subject of deflecting compliments. It’s a habit for many folks — particularly musicians.

Let’s say you’ve just given a performance, a talk, or a master class, and afterwards, people come up and compliment you.

Do you respond with something like, ”Oh, I thought it was too X . . or . . It wasn’t Y or Z enough . . or . . Ach, but I really botched that . . .”?

The problem with dismissing or deflecting praise is that:

1. In effect, you’re saying that what your fan values doesn’t count or isn’t valid. That’s rude.

2. You are also short-circuiting your own acknowledgement and appreciation of your strengths and successes. You may not know what your actual strengths are.

This habit of deflecting/dismissing/minimizing is something females are socially conditioned to do. To not be boastful or egocentric. It may be a cultural norm but it has fallout.

All musicians focus on short-comings, on what needs improving. Chasing perfection has consequences: it may lock us in to operating with a “deficit mindset.”

Try this week: try adopting a mindset of abundance and gratitude.

Try first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Make a short list of what you’re grateful for. Think specific, small, and immediate, 3-5 different things each time.

Somewhere on that list should be some of your own good qualities and/or good things you did that day.

And if you’re lucky enough to get a compliment from someone this week, try letting it sink in and graciously accept it.

As always, I welcome hearing your thoughts and feedback!

For info on working with me: details are HERE.

Monday Bytes archived posts are HERE.

Dream big, Plan smart, Live well!