And now for something completely different

I’ve never been a fan of American Idol. Sure, I watched on occasion, but I am not a big fan of pop music, and I think Simon is just mean sometimes. And mean people suck.

This season, however, I felt compelled to watch the auditions– specifically San Francisco– because my friend’s son auditioned there.  I’ve never met Adam Lambert, he’s been out there trying to make it (and succeeding) in the world during the time I’ve known his dad.

So for the first time, I’ll be paying attention to American Idol, and rooting for Adam, because it’s fun to see the people around you succeed. I wish I had the hutzpah to run full force into the world when I was Adam’s age.  Obviously his confidence in himself is a testament to his parents.  So good job!

And my wish for everyone is that they have the confidence and the persistence to hone their talent, whatever it may be, and get out there and live your dreams….  I know I am finally doing it.

Join me in wishing Adam the best.  He’s really got some talent, and he has excellent taste in music (probably a hat tip to his dad is in order on that one)

Dare to Dream

I’ve not been posting much lately as you may (or may not) have noticed. I spent a few days in New York and since my return, it’s been busy busy at work (where I have been creating blog posts). Oh, and I’m trying to write my book. I need to be done sometime in early May. Because I signed up for a Master Class. In Taos. With Gregory Martin… and it’s hard to keep on track when people are pulling me in other directions and it’s So. Much. Easier to do things for other people than do things for myself.

In New York I attended a conference, Blogher for Business, to learn how to utilize blogs in a business, how to measure effectiveness, what’s the R in ROI… good stuff. I also met an interesting woman from Boston, Whitney Johnson. I’m not sure if or how she’ll fit into my life, but you know the saying “when the student is ready, the teacher will come?” I’ve been reading her blog sporadically since my return from New York. I think there are some messages there that I need to hear.

Her latest post, What Not To Wear, first attracted my attention because I love the show What Not To Wear. And then, it got me thinking about dreams.

How do successful people become successful? What’s the difference between someone who dreams and someone who Does? Do you have to live your dream at the expense of other people? How do you keep good boundaries while at the same time keep good relationships? And if you do change, if you do decide to pursue your dream, have you noticed that sometimes that choice upsets the balance of “power” in a given relationship?

I have more to say… but no time for now. What do you say?