We Know What Second Nature Is; What Is Your “First Nature?”​ And Why Is It Critical?

We’ve all heard of something being “Second Nature,” – a skill or habit someone does so well they don’t have to think about it. Walking, tying your shoes, riding a bike, brushing your teeth, speaking your language… are all second nature. So here’s my question… what is First Nature? When I first considered it I had an…

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential. The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming A Virtuoso

Excellence Is Not Linear, It’s Exponential… The Simple Math Behind Luck and Becoming a Virtuoso. Back when I played more than 1400 bar gigs for $60-90/night, and later more than 1800 college shows, I refused to relegate myself to being background music. Night after night, honing my skills, I made it a challenge to pull…

A hug from George Foreman

Write Bad Songs

Write Bad Songs I used to get horrible #writersblock. Like, write-one-song-in-a-year writer’s block.  This was bad considering my career relies completely on creating regularly.  There was a reason I was a “struggling” songwriter in Nashville.  Writer’s block (and all procrastination) ultimately comes down to one word: FEAR… usually of failure, success, or rejection.  I developed…