A Master Guitarist’s Opinion on Achieving Success

In December 2009, I got the chance to ask a world master guitarist’s opinion on achieving success.

For those that don’t know him, John Petrucci is one of the world’s best known electric guitarists. Being me, I couldn’t resist asking him “What is the most important thing in achieving success?”

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Did You Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick?

At the start of the year, I wrote about why new year’s resolutions often fail. Did you manage to make yours stick?

If so, congratulations – you are ahead of many others. If not, that’s ok.

I would hesitate to say you have “failed” at this point. But if you don’t learn from what went wrong, then that would be a failure.

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How to Lie to Yourself… and Fare Better Than if You Didn’t

I work away from home regularly. When I am away, I stay in a hotel. I have my own room and bathroom, which are cleaned for me. I don’t have to pay for electricity, water or gas. A variety of food is prepared and cooked for me and I don’t have to wash up afterwards. I am picked up before and dropped off after work. I have access to a gym and a pool, which I use to keep myself fit and healthy. In fact, about the only thing I do for myself is wash my own clothes (getting a hotel to wash your clothes is always so expensive anyway) and they have dryers, which makes the whole process more convenient.

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A Deep and Powerful Technique for the Mind

As a heads up, the content of this post may sound weird to some. But bear with me – I will explain a deep and powerful technique for the mind that the general population isn’t aware of.

Some of you may already be aware that we each see the world through different lenses. You may have heard the saying “perception is reality”. Our beliefs about the world and about ourselves shape the information that we receive through our senses. And if you don’t believe me, start by checking out Schema Theory. Every bit of information passes through filters (which I generally call beliefs).

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