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Borrowing from What We Love for What We Don’t

Do you avoid challenges like "life admin?" Use ideas from activities you enjoy.

My friend Susan taught me something this week.

She taught me that we can borrow techniques from something we love—for her, music—and apply them to something we find more challenging—for her, writing. This idea, it strikes me, holds promise for dealing with our life admin.

First, a little more about Susan and her idea.

Susan plays the piano beautifully. I heard her play recently, and it was even more magical than I’d remembered. She has a very ambitious goal this year: learning to play all of Bach’s Goldberg Variations by December. To me, this sounds like learning to speak Italian fluently by December. But for her, this is possible.