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Mix together cello, ADHD, and an insatiable need for sushi, and you get Steven Sharp Nelson–one of the most watched musicians in the world!  A self-titled “dorky dad”, Steven attributes his hard-earned “unlikely” success story to his unending love for helping people feel the worth of their own soul through music.  Name a concert venue–he’s sold it out!  Name an iconic place in the world–he’s filmed a music video there with The Piano Guys!  His content is watched and streamed over 3 million times every day!  He’s performed and spoken to two million people around the world; as much as he loves all of this, his favorite thing in the world is one-on-one time with his wife and each of his four children who “tolerate” and sometimes even love his quirky creative persona!  He is passionate about music education and its critical role in our culture.

Learn More about Steven Sharp Nelson:

In this episode, you’ll hear tips, stories, and discussions about:

  • Steven’s fascination with music’s power and effect on the brain
  • “Perpetual burnout can often be a result of unhealthy hyperfocus and overdriving your overdrive.” – Steven Sharp Nelson
  • Burnout as an indicator of your strengths rather than your weaknesses
  • Practicing the art of self-awareness and healthy hyperfocus vs. unhealthy hyperfocus
  • “A perfect balance does not exist!”
  • Self-suggestibility and attention abundance
  • “Not being present is the easiest way to be depressed.” / “Face down, chin up!”
  • The parable of the spinning (too many) plates and chronic burnout
  • The space between the notes / The meaning of life is in between our expectations; the space between our expectations is where we find meaning
  • Music, mutualism, edification, and the role of intention
  • Toxic positivity vs. a genuine desire to appreciate and be grateful
  • “You are like a cello” and navigating our unique gifts, variables, and expressions of ADHD
  • When too many options become too much
  • Cataloging what you’re working on and what you’re not working on
  • The wax and wane of motivation / The muscles of discipline and consistency
  • Book :: Atomic Habits by James Clear (link here)
  • Removing obstacles between us and the things we’re working towards
  • Hyperfocus, pros and cons, expecting internal pushback, and creating a virtual cliffhanger for yourself
  • How do you interact with your hyperfocus?
  • Website :: Arthur Brooks https://arthurbrooks.com (click here!)
  • The toxic belief that everything in our lives should “always be on an incline”
  • Arc jumping and how to go from mid-life crisis to mid-life crescendo
  • Are you bored or are you unfulfilled?
  • A practice of fulfillment scores and finding out where your next sense of fulfillment will be
  • YouTube Video :: Me and My Cello – Happy Together (Turtles) Cello Cover – The Piano Guys (click here!)
  • The importance of becoming friends with your instrument
  • A message to you, our wonderful listeners, from Steven

Show Notes

Mix together cello, ADHD, and an insatiable need for sushi, and you get Steven Sharp Nelson–one of the most watched musicians in the world!  A self-titled “dorky dad”, Steven attributes his hard-earned “unlikely” success story to his unending love for helping people feel the worth of their own soul through music.  Name a concert venue–he’s sold it out!  Name an iconic place in the world–he’s filmed a music video there with The Piano Guys!  His content is watched and streamed over 3 million times every day!  He’s performed and spoken to two million people around the world; as much as he loves all of this, his favorite thing in the world is one-on-one time with his wife and each of his four children who “tolerate” and sometimes even love his quirky creative persona!  He is passionate about music education and its critical role in our culture.

Learn More about Steven Sharp Nelson:

In this episode, you’ll hear tips, stories, and discussions about:

  • Steven’s fascination with music’s power and effect on the brain
  • “Perpetual burnout can often be a result of unhealthy hyperfocus and overdriving your overdrive.” – Steven Sharp Nelson
  • Burnout as an indicator of your strengths rather than your weaknesses
  • Practicing the art of self-awareness and healthy hyperfocus vs. unhealthy hyperfocus
  • “A perfect balance does not exist!”
  • Self-suggestibility and attention abundance
  • “Not being present is the easiest way to be depressed.” / “Face down, chin up!”
  • The parable of the spinning (too many) plates and chronic burnout
  • The space between the notes / The meaning of life is in between our expectations; the space between our expectations is where we find meaning
  • Music, mutualism, edification, and the role of intention
  • Toxic positivity vs. a genuine desire to appreciate and be grateful
  • “You are like a cello” and navigating our unique gifts, variables, and expressions of ADHD
  • When too many options become too much
  • Cataloging what you’re working on and what you’re not working on
  • The wax and wane of motivation / The muscles of discipline and consistency
  • Book :: Atomic Habits by James Clear (link here)
  • Removing obstacles between us and the things we’re working towards
  • Hyperfocus, pros and cons, expecting internal pushback, and creating a virtual cliffhanger for yourself
  • How do you interact with your hyperfocus?
  • Website :: Arthur Brooks https://arthurbrooks.com (click here!)
  • The toxic belief that everything in our lives should “always be on an incline”
  • Arc jumping and how to go from mid-life crisis to mid-life crescendo
  • Are you bored or are you unfulfilled?
  • A practice of fulfillment scores and finding out where your next sense of fulfillment will be
  • YouTube Video :: Me and My Cello – Happy Together (Turtles) Cello Cover – The Piano Guys (click here!)
  • The importance of becoming friends with your instrument
  • A message to you, our wonderful listeners, from Steven
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