June 21

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Solve for X

My favorite field of math was always algebra.

It was like we were on a mission. To solve for X. Sometimes Y or Z. Sometimes all three.

But, then there's the way you solve for X.

Stripping the excess "stuff" in the equation. Until you're left with X on one side of the equals sign, and the "thing" that X equals (be it a number, or something else) on the other.

There is a feeling of satisfaction when you solve for X.

Not just in an equation, but in life.

(If the realization that a life analogy is coming makes you want to throw up a little right now, you may stop here...I won't be offended...today.)

When something is dragging you down in your creative work, non-creative work, or personal life, try solving for X.

X being the root cause of what's bothering you.

Like a detective, you can strip away the excuses, narratives, alternative explanations, and false truths until you're left starting X in the face.

And then, you can do something about it.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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