Own Your Extra

dgc impact Sep 15, 2017

 

Let’s keep this simple.

When someone calls you “Extra” it’s not usually a compliment. But if you know anything about me yet, you know I love to reframe traditional (or slang) definitions to mean what they really should mean to us visionaries on the mega move. I like to hijack language basically. When people call someone extra they’re usually accusing them of being over the top, excessive, doing too much, adding on unnecessary frills or drama, maybe just for attention.

Here’s my take on why you should Own Your Extra big time:


1. You’re not over the top. You’re showcasing where everyone else should be. You’re proof that there’s another level higher.
2. You’re not excessive. It just looks that way in a world where status quo is the norm. Not speaking politically, you’re progressive, addicted to personal progress and you tend to go hard whenever you get the chance. It’s not showing off, it’s your...

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Your Worst Critic Has Been Judging the Wrong Stuff!

dgc impact Aug 30, 2017

I once played a concert that I thought was pretty terrible.

Yet to my surprise, at the end of the piece before I could barely play the last note, the audience erupted into applause and gave me a standing ovation and even several curtain calls!

Honestly, I was mad at them, and maybe even thought they were not such a smart audience. Hadn’t they heard me screw up, hadn’t they noticed the minor memory slip or the fact that I garbled the end of a passage or that I hadn’t paced the crescendo just so?! I hadn’t played perfectly so why were they giving me such a perfect response? You see, I was a perfectionist. The moment I started not being perfect in public on stage in front of my audience, I assumed it could only go down hill from there…and then it usually did. Even still, most nights the audience seemed clueless about my errors.

You see, I was a perfectionist. The moment I started not being perfect in public on stage in front of my audience, I assumed it...

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