Have you read Dr. Noa Kageyama’s The Bulletproof Musician? If not, it is well worth signing up for his regular blog post. He is known for his groundbreaking work on performance anxiety in musicians based in part on the work of Sports Psychologist Dr. Don Greene, and his musical background as a violinist. I had the good fortune of working with him this summer at the Andover Educators Conference. He gave an excellent presentation and also worked with individuals one on one. His blog posts are absolutely brilliant. The latest one is called “The Hidden Cost of Failure.” Are we doing too much for our children and students so they don’t have the tools to face adversity? Are we stepping in before they have the opportunity to fail and learn from their failure? Are we making excuses for ourselves instead of seeing difficult situations as “opportunities for growth”? Others are more musician oriented such as “How to Reduce Practice Room Angst (and Boost Creativity)” and “Build Greater Confidence by Approaching Practice Like a Surgeon.” If you like what you read, subscribe to his blog. It will undoubtedly get you rethinking some of your beliefs and give you fresh ways to approach your music and life.