Jimmy Buffett on Staying Young
“Well, I have learned one thing from my latest in a series of the ever-appearing speed bumps of life — 75 is NOT the new 50” — Jimmy Buffett to New York Times writer Maureen Dowd. “Thinking younger doesn’t quite do it. You still have to do the hard work of, as the Toby Keith song says, ‘Don’t let the old man in.’ And that is my job now, the way I see it.” It’s work. A Plan. The ability to finish. Start again when you fail.
Expectations of Others
Many of my NYU students this new semester are battling the fine balance between pursuing their life happiness and making their parents happy — it’s not just an adolescent problem. Non-students have the same issues as close friends, work associates and even family can cause stress of moving forward. Think…
I’m excited, classes are underway at NYU and this fall in my Stress-free Living and Working in the Music Industry class, my friend Les Garland (onetime programmer of MTV), is bringing his latest discovery to class — Stella Mabry. She’s 14 and has utilized her interest in song writing and performing to strike back against the “Mean Girl” who bullied her. She will be a hit with young students who have to deal with unprecedented social media bullying head on.
Others Rub Off on Us
In nature, we become like the people who surround us. For animals, often they blend in with their environment for safety reasons and to avoid larger predators — as evidenced by any rattlesnake on Camelback mountain — they blend in. Environment matters — people who are raised on manners tend to be more courteous, children of good listeners tend to listen to others in their conversations. That’s why it’s imperative that we seek out and nurture relationships with people with whom we share common values.
What’s Your Q-Score?
Q Score is how the entertainment industry measures consumer appeal for performers, among other things. The higher the Q Score, the more highly regarded the person is to the general public. This is not just a popularity contest because one can be popular without being highly regarded — it’s a means of judging who has credibility that influences. It comes down to whether others have a positive opinion of you.
The Most Important Person in Your Life
Who is the most important person in your life? Have you told them lately? If words aren’t your thing, actions work well. Even if they are no longer with you, say it out loud. The odd thing is when you empower someone by showing immense gratitude you empower yourself —…
The Secret to Resilience
You win some, you lose some. You never win everything and even though it sometimes feels like it your losing streak does not last forever. Truth is what goes up will go down which is why life is like a roller coaster. You can’t stop the highs and lows but you can learn to ride them better knowing that life isn’t one winning (or losing) streak. To build resilience when times are tough, never lose sight of the next high.
Replace Self-Doubt with Self-Hope
We encourage others to persevere. Tell our kids that they can do what they set their minds to. I never met a person who didn’t think they deserved a raise. Every time we place a bet, we hope to win. Self-doubt is a losing bet that we place on ourselves even before we begin. Hope is what motivates us in every other way. Today, replace self-doubt with self-hope. Be the fine person you are.