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Passionately Successful: Excellence and Happiness on Stage and in Life

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Glassbox Performance Space 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

In this fun, inspiring, and information-packed talk, positive psychology expert Daniel Lerner discusses the surprising impact that happiness can have on the development of excellence and expertise. After a decade working with artists at CAMI, ICM (now Opus 3) and 21C Media, Lerner returned to grad school to study the psychological processes of performers — specifically the differences between those who thrive and those who suffer — and his key message is that ‘success and happiness’ is not an either/or proposition. In fact, cutting edge science is showing us that happiness can give us remarkable and unexpected leverage in our pursuit of peak performance, and pursuing your passion the correct way is key to realizing the highest levels of personal and professional success in the performing arts and beyond.

What is the process of expert development and how do happiness and passion give us an advantage? Drawing on a diverse cast of iconic cultural figures—from Richard Branson to Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela to Kanye West — and incorporating studies and stories of classical performers, Lerner illuminates the difference between healthy and dangerous passions, how and why to ignite, explore, and stoke your healthy ones, and even how to find passion in work that you may have given up as passionless long ago. And if you've fallen into patterns of blind obsession, Lerner helps you transition out. Ultimately, this keynote is a fiery, fun, and practical primer on how to live a successfully passionate (and passionately successful!) life.


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Lectures and Panel Discussions, Music Performances


General Public


Performing Arts


All Orientation


Mannes School of Music, College of Performing Arts


Music, Classical Music


Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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