Happy Friday! Here are 5 things I’m digging this week.

Power Posing
Your posture affects how you are perceived and indeed, how your brain functions. For an essential overview, watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk. Do it. This is a real game-changer. To dig even deeper, read her book Presence.

Greeting Cards
Another game-changer:
I love sending cards, but there are three things I hate about the process. 1. Going to the store 2. Sifting through all the cheesy cards 3. Mailing it. Ya feelin’ me? Part and Parcel solves all three of my problems as a subscription-based curator of excellent cards. I imagine I’m not alone, so check out Part and Parcel and use the discount code MTSOURCE for 10% off They send me the cards I need when I need them. Shipping is free and stamps are included!

Article I’m Reading
Are you a creator, artist, or influencer? Kevin Kelly is a bit of a tech oracle, and he suggests that one can earn a living if they can create 1,000 True Fans. I’ve come back to this many times. Yes, this too is a game-changer.

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Guitar Tip
We’re coming out of winter (I know it’s hard to believe for some of you) and there is a decent chance the weather affected your guitar. Does the action seem high? That is, do the strings seem too high off the fretboard, making it hard to play? If so, two things: make sure you have a humidifier for your guitar, and try taking into a guitar shop for a setup. Tell them the action is too high. It’s a good time to change your strings, too.

Something to Meditate On
From the Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation:

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

Have a great weekend,
Matt

PS If you join the Guitar Club during the month of April, or are already a member, I’m offering a free 30 minute Skype lesson to work on whatever clinical guitar skill needs some attention! Reply to this email with any questions.

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