People who say “no” live in the comfort and security of their own world. People who say “yes” go on to live lives filled with glorious adventure.
If you want to be more than just a passive listener, then you need to practice being an active listener. This means using more than just your ears.
I was going to write this suggestion off as inappropriate and off-topic, but the reality is all of us probably know or work with at least one person who is, in fact, an asshole.
We’ve all probably experienced panic at some stage in our life. And the first thing to do if you start to panic - in any situation - is to just breathe.
Sometimes we get caught up in the trappings of success only to realise later in life that the things we thought would make us feel successful don't define it for us at all.
I probably shouldn’t be saying this because we’re still building the improv community here in Australia, but there is more to life than improv.
Most of the time when we think of intelligence we probably think of I.Q. tests, Stephen Hawking, or pipe smoking professors, but there’s more to intelligence than just being good at science and math.
The point is, to be great at anything you have to keep learning. Always. And to be a great teacher you have to be a good student. Always.
I might get some pushback for this, but I’m gonna say that the reason stereotypes exist, and persist, is because they are based in some amount of truth.
All of us want to connect with others and find the easily found common ground. And when we realise we’re all more alike than we are different, it feels really, really good.
The truth is, putting other people down will not make you look better. In fact, putting other people down only makes you look worse.
Learning to pay attention to whoever or whatever is directly in front of you will greatly improve your performance on stage - and at work, no matter what it is you do for a living.
Along with patience and compassion, sincerity is one of those qualities we all probably wish we had more of — or at least wish other people had more of.
Kindness at home? That’s usually pretty easy with our loved ones. Kindness at work? Where we spend 80% of our time? That can be a bit more of a challenge.
Editing is that little voice in your head: “Should I say this? If I do will people get it? Will I look stupid? What if I get it wrong? Maybe I’ll just stand here and keep my mouth shut.”
Fear often manifests itself when there’s something we know we want to do, but we’re hesitant to try because we might fail, get rejected, or be disappointed.
The word “team” is often equated with lousy team building experiences or associated with competition. Ensemble, by contrast, implies cooperation, collaboration, and unconditional support.
People come to play knowing that they will be accepted, failure is OK - if it even exists at all, and that they can further their personal growth in a way that doesn't feel like work.
Having integrity means you are true to yourself and won't do anything that demeans or dishonours your beliefs - or anyone else's, on stage or in real life.
The way you react to people, situations and events will tell you much about your values, and examining, rather than avoiding them is a worthwhile pursuit.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you can tell they’re not listening, and just waiting for you to shut up so they can say what they want to say?
Vulnerability makes you strong, not weak. When we show vulnerability with confidence we share ourselves without hesitation and accept ourselves and ideally, others, fully.
Honesty is more than just not being a liar, it’s about operating with integrity and being truthful to yourself, to your peers, and to the world.
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