Naama Neuman is on the flute faculty at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. She has held the positions of the solo flute in the Komische Oper Berlin and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and performed and toured internationally with renowned conductors including Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck, Kiril Petrenko, Gustavo Dudamel and Ricardo Mutti.
The last couple of years brought me to the conclusion that in order to do really well in life, no matter what comes, I must learn more about myself and what makes me tick.
The acknowledgment that developing other skills in areas such as finance, building a business, social media, and online productions, are crucial for artists in today’s world, was only the first step.
Letting go of misconceptions about myself, mainly in the form of what I can and can’t do, was and still is one of the biggest challenges in my life. Learning to let go will probably be a lifelong process but by awakening my awareness to it I have already started to feel a positive change in my life.
One of the biggest misconceptions I had was of my ability to express my thoughts and ideas in writing. Having read James Clear's "Atomic Habits" (Jame's website) I began to journal one minute a day, and now I'm up to eight minutes! That led me to this point where I would like to start a blog.
Why you might ask? Because a blog would allow me to share my own journey with you, like-minded 'Self-exploring personalities', and learn from yours as well.
Since I was a young girl, even in elementary school, I felt a lot like an observer. I was very curious about what makes us all tick so I found myself quite often in a half day-dreaming state wondering: Why do people react in certain ways? Why do some friends come and then leave? What do I see in the relationships of my friends with their parents? And as I grew older, I started to ask the same questions about myself. This part of me, however, was very private. To the outside world I was developing my musical abilities. Increasingly focused on playing the flute, I entered an art school where I immersed myself in classical music.
Today, 30 years later, classical music is still a huge part of my life but with everything that has happened in the last few years, globally as well as in my personal life, I realized that the impact I wish to have on this world extends beyond the flute.
Here, on this Blog, I would like to explore more about what are the skills and habits we should develop and sustain to have a satisfying career in music; How can we use the skills we already developed through the practice of music to improve our everyday lives; How can we learn better from others, and of course, how can we stay healthy in body and mind despite choosing a very competitive career path.
Additionally, I have always enjoyed books, technology, and gadgets in particular. I will be sharing with you how I use different tools available today for both my personal goals and my musical activities.
But for the most part, my primary goal is to let you in on my learning processes. As a teacher, I have learned that every student can teach us a lot about ourselves if we are open to it. And as some of you already experienced first hand, the immediate benefit in teaching comes from the simple fact that if you want to get better at something, try to explain it to others.
Every writer wishes that everyone will find their ideas worth reading and sharing. Hopefully, if you're a person who loves to look inward, understand why we do what we do, and look for novel ways to approach things, you've come to the right place.
For those who wish to find the ultimate 10 steps or some other quick fix, this blog is probably not for you.
A commitment to doing something regularly can present a certain amount of pressure, especially when it’s outside of our comfort zone. Sometimes though, we must learn to put our fears aside, to brace ourselves for criticism or just not to live up to our own standards, because we know deep down how meaningful what we’re trying to do could be for others.
And so, I would like to commit to you here and now that I will post here once a week.
Might be a page long or just a few sentences but always with the intention to share something meaningful.
The need to have a positive impact on other people’s lives was always strong in me.
By sharing with you my learning journey, I hope we can create a community and support one another as we strive to meet our life goals.
Does this resonate with you? What is your journey? What would you like to explore?
Until next week,