I love when I run across a person that’s making strides in life that are truly admirable. Mark Powers is one of these individuals. He is a dynamic and creative musician, educator, and entrepreneur, who teaches drum lessons, performs live, travels the world, and has developed unique music based team building programs for schools, communities, and organizations. Being a fellow drummer I understand Mark’s passion and had to ask him a few questions about his creativity and inspiration.

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We’ve all had those days where we’re pushed to the limit. We’re physically exhausted, emotionally drained, and unable to give another ounce of attention to any meaningful task. It’s like we’re supposed to be the energizer bunny, and just “keep going, and going, and going.” Though, unlike the energizer bunny we must recharge our battery if we want to maintain health and well-being.

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Face it, you’re not perfect, and that’s okay. Movies, magazines, and television tend to present an idealistic self-image of how people should look, feel, and act, and these unrealistic depictions can lead to a perfectionist attitude. Even some self-help philosophy’s can make the claim that perfection is a reachable peak if we follow the right principles. Though, an inherent part of being human is fallibility and imperfection.

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What causes stress in your life? Is it the major life changes? The countless responsibilities? Or the minor inconveniences? Maybe it’s all of the above? The fact that change and unexpected events are a part of life means that everyone will experience stress. Stress is synonymous with change. Even positive changes are stress provoking. Fortunately, stress is natural, and is an important part of dealing with life’s many challenges. It prepares our body and signals us to take action. Though, excessive stress can cause serious mental and physical health problems.

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The beliefs and perspectives people hold truly “shade” their expectations. These come from the unique and varying life experiences everyone encounters, which influences the way the world is interpreted and represented in the mind. From this, paradigms develop. A paradigm is an expectation or assumption about what and how things should be done. These paradigms can help you see important details, but can also blind you from the bigger picture.

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Rob White is someone who truly walks the walk that he preaches on his blog. He decided what he really wanted, designed his ideal lifestyle, took a leap, and made it happen. He is a self-made multimillionaire and entrepreneur, who now inspires countless people, including myself, through his uplifting and encouraging blog Mind Adventures.

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Many people fall short in developing a truly grand vision that lives up to their potential. They may think, “I can settle for this,” “that would be too hard,” or “what if I fail?” This is because they base what is possible on what they have been taught, and what they have seen others in their life accomplish. Learning to grow a vision bigger than expected sets you up to do more than ordinary, and if you do fall short, you’ll fall short of greatness, not mediocrity.

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