Total Rock Star blog



Are you going through a personal or professional crisis? Are you stuck in a rut and ready to try something new? Do you long to lead a more creative, meaningful life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you probably suffer from “Suppressed Superpower Syndrome.” I’m here to help you to take your power back!

Feeling Stuck - Shake it Up Blog

After teaching creativity workshops for 20 years, I know for certain that you were born with a unique gift that no one else in the world can express like you. Your innate skills and passions are your superpowers. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop these intrinsic talents and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star.

But when you’re forced to conform to someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove.

Using psychology, music, and workshop success stories, I will help you shake up your self-limiting beliefs, discover your unique talents and skills, build the courage to go after your dreams, persist through setbacks, and rock your life.

Yeah, it’s a big promise, I know, but I think we can do it! Don’t you?

I have a good track record.


From Professor to Rock Star


Feeling Stuck - Shake it Up BlogYears ago when I was a psychology professor, I felt deeply empty, despite my success. I loved my students but the truth was, I wanted to sing in a rock-n-roll band.

“Ridiculous,” a voice that sounded a lot like my mother’s screamed inside my head. For one, it would mean I had wasted four years at Princeton getting my Ph.D. in psychology. For another, I was too old. How could I change now, wasn’t it too late?

I kept thinking about how happy my students were whenever I gave them permission to be their true selves. Within a year, I left my solid teaching position to follow my dream to be a rock star! My songs have been on the charts, and I’ve helped thousands of participants find their superpowers and rock their lives too.

Now that’s my superpower. What’s yours? Not sure? That’s OK – that’s what this blog is for!

I also have articles on finding your superpowers and rocking your life on Lifehack, Thrive Global, and Medium.


Total Rock Star of the Week: Jon Bon Jovi

Posted by on April 6, 2020 in True Self | 0 comments

I have been a long-time fan of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jon Bon Jovi, but today I consider him a hero. Jon is not only a talented vocalist, guitar player, and songwriter, but he is also a philanthropist with a heart of gold. In my book, that makes him a “Total Rock Star.” During our economic downturn in 2008, he opened three JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants in New Jersey to help feed the homeless and others in need of warm, nutritious meals. He lets folks work for their dinners by washing dishes and doing other chores. They can...

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Find True Love By Loving Yourself

Posted by on February 12, 2020 in True Self | 1 comment

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many people remain single, some of us settle for less, and a few “lucky” folks thrive in good relationships. What makes the difference? In my experience, true love comes knocking at your door when you stop looking for it outside of yourself, and focus on accepting yourself for who you are—warts and all—instead. Do you remember Gina from our “Embrace Your Inner Weirdo” blog? She was the frustrated receptionist who collected stuffed animals and watched “Beauty and the...

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Why Your Superpowers Make You Feel Weird and Rudolph is a Badass

Posted by on December 17, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

The trick to finding your superpowers is to own what makes you unique. There’s no one else like you. You don’t have to try to be different. You already are. The problem is, sometimes your superpowers feel more like burdens than gifts. So you don’t acknowledge them or try to hide them. This time of year many of us love to watch the classic 1964 TV special “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Do you remember how the other reindeer tease Rudolph mercilessly for having a bright red nose? He feels like he doesn’t belong. Eventually,...

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A Rock Star’s Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True

Posted by on November 30, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

Are you jonesing for a better life but rarely let yourself dream about what you really want? Or do you know what you want but hesitate to take a step toward that brighter future? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Whenever I ask my workshop participants to envision their ideal future they often draw a blank, even though they signed up for the class because they felt ready to change their life. Weird, right? The truth is, most of us don’t answer the call to be our magnificent selves. We stay paralyzed in lives that don’t suit...

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Nine Ways to Express Your True Self on Halloween

Posted by on October 31, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

Today is Halloween.  Sure, you could go as the usual suspects—pirates and vampires—but why not do something different this year?  Instead of disguising yourself as someone else, grab the opportunity to break out of a worn-out role and express your true self. Let’s be honest.  Most of us don’t answer our true callings and go after our heartfelt dreams because we’re scared.  What if we crash and burn?  And by that I mean, we lose all our friends, our money runs out and we end up homeless, unable to afford even a...

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You Were Born with Rockstar Superpowers

Posted by on October 6, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

Our superpowers make themselves known to us when we’re children, teenagers, and young adults. But often we forget about them later in life because our parents and teachers ignore, minimize, or even attack our authentic natures. According to Brené Brown, 42% of kids are shamed away from pursuing some form of creative expression in school. “Pamela” was a 40-year-old wife and mother who took my creativity workshop because she yearned to be an author. Both her husband and son wrote fiction, but she couldn’t jot down a single word. She...

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Seven Ways to Find Your Superpowers

Posted by on September 25, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

After teaching creativity and self-actualization workshops for 20 years, I can tell you with certainty that you were born with a creative gift that no one else in the world can express like you. Your innate skills and passions are your superpowers. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop these intrinsic talents and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star. But when you’re forced to conform to someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove. You’re either unaware of your individual aptitudes...

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Your Superpowers Make Time Disappear

Posted by on September 9, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

How do you know when you’re using your superpowers? Time disappears. No drugs necessary! Whenever I write a song, I seclude myself in my studio and emerge several hours later feeling content and spaced-out with a new tune that seems to have written itself. Time seems to vanish. I close the door, pick up my guitar, and emerge several hours later feeling content and spaced out. I feel as though I am one with my guitar, my microphone, my voice…they all merge together to form a seamless blissful experience. As Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te...

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Your Superpowers Choose You

Posted by on September 3, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

Brené Brown

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~ Nelson Mandela One of the best ways to discover your superpower is to notice what fills you with passion and curiosity—not your parents, teachers, or friends—but YOU. But be willing to experiment to find it. Your superpower isn’t always what you think it will be. My client “Jane” was a burned-out Fortune 500 executive who longed for a creative outlet after her workday ended to balance out her life. She assumed it...

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Your Superpowers Come Naturally

Posted by on August 30, 2019 in True Self | 0 comments

Your superpowers are right in front of you but you may not see them. They come so easily to you that you take them for granted. You think everyone has them, too. They don’t. I didn’t realize I had musical talent until I was forced to compare myself to other graduate students during a music perception test at Princeton (where I was studying to get a Ph.D. in psychology). I was surprised to learn I’d scored off the charts. That discovery led me to ditch my career as a psychology professor and follow my dream to become a rock star a few...

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