On Manners: “If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage, they form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Level Up Your Skill With Deliberate Practice

I love to occasionally walk over and watch Peabody’s awesome free classical piano Masterclasses. The theme when viewing these classes demonstrates talent, time, and natural characteristics are lesser factors in improvement. The actual key? Deliberate Practice: "We agree that expert performance is qualitatively different from normal performance and even that expert performers have characteristics and abilities that are qualitatively different from or at least outside the range of those of normal adults. However, we deny that these differences are immutable, that is, due to innate talent. Only a few exceptions, most notably height, are genetically prescribed. Instead, we argue that ... Read more

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“The generous listener is ready to be surprised." Krista Tippett

“The generous listener is ready to be surprised. You go in with an assumption that you don’t know everything or understand everything. You’re truly curious which means becoming open to having any assumptions you bring to be unsettled. You’re gonna be graceful about that. You’ll be curious about that when that happens.” Krista Tippett (American journalist, author, entrepreneur, and host of the public radio program and podcast On Being) Listen to the full podcast interview: Krista Tippett on Design Matters with Debbie Millman

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I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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