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You are the ‘average of your five friends’ only to the degree to which you have neglected to influence yourself

Jim Rohn is famously credited with the axiom, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This idea is reinforced by many Instagram posts and YouTube compilations and in interviews with thought leaders. The axiom is an important catalyst for self-examination, but should not be interpreted as deterministic. You are the average of […]


Resurrect Your Past Ideas

Here’s something you can try: take the song ideas you’ve discarded in the past — including melodies, chord progressions, and beats — and resurrect them. Give them another chance. See if they contain anything useful. Perhaps they found themselves on the receiving end of your past frustrations.  See if there is anything that can be […]


Is the 10,000-Hour Rule a Myth?

Before Malcolm Gladwell presented the 10,000-Hour Rule in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, unless you were familiar with the research at university, you probably believed that musical genius was the result of being born extraordinary. His research concluded, however, that those who had a shot at elite performance had opportunities where 10,000 hours of practice or apprenticeship were available.