Eat A Frog, We Dare You

Mark Twain famously said, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

And I totally agree. When I look at my action list for the day ahead, I’ve gotten into the habit of starting with the task I want to do THE LEAST. The one I’d just rather wait to deal with because it holds some type of emotional weight or it just feels plain hard - like sending a particular email I’ve been putting off, or working on a section of a lesson plan I’ve been avoiding because it’s not the easiest to tackle.  Let’s face it, most of the time, we’re gonna go right for the easiest or most pleasurable task on our list, first. Because, hey, we’re human.

But, I have to say when I start with "eating the frog" (doing the task I am avoiding/procrastinating), I can’t tell you the relief and pride I feel once it is behind me! It’s like a 10-ton weight lifted off my shoulders and all of a sudden I am breathing easier.  You know what I mean, right?


When I was teaching the Frog lesson in the Path Course a while back, one of my students suggested we name the pleasurable tasks “chocolate donuts,” which stuck.  So, now we have the counterbalance to frog-eating - a chocolate donut (or, fill in the blank with your treat of choice). And how much better is eating a chocolate donut — one of the tasks that delight you — once you’ve already eaten that frog?

One of the pillars of working the Path is committing to eating at least one frog per week (tackling one challenging task from your to-do list each week). You will be surprised how invigorating it can be, and how much more gets accomplished! 

[Click here to read more about Eating Frogs.]

And if you’ve been meaning to sign up for the Path Course — putting it off and leaving the website tab open in your browser? Well, then, this is it, YOUR first frog. Simply signing up for the Path — putting those first crucial steps of your plan into action is a huge win.

But don’t take our word for how good it’s going to feel once you’ve hunkered down an eaten the thing. Check out the links below from interviews we have done with Path Alum over the years — frog-eating experts. Our Artists in Action are working their paths every day, and it’s working. They’re working.

First Broads of Comedy, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson took the Path Course while working on many different projects, including their Youtube webseries, Broad City. Months later it was picked up by Comedy Central.

Ilana says:

“… you can plan to get from point A to point B, but you  may end up in some place you never expected, or you may take a detour that gets you to some other great place. The point is — plan and prepare for greatness, and you'll find it some way. But the Path Class actually does accomplish specifically what it sets out to do, every single class — empower artists to create their own path and to know that their career is in their hands.

Abbi says:


There are many many ways to be successful and satisfied in this industry. It doesn't happen the same way for everyone. When I took The Path class, I was still in the mentality that getting on a house team at the theatre was the way, the only way to get seen and heard. There are so many ways and if you find your own way it can take you places you never could have imagined."

Comedian and former SNL cast member, Sasheer Zamata recently mentioned The Path on Don Fanelli’s Need to Fail podcast:

“At the end of [the class] I was full sobbing… for the first time I was like, oh my god this is helping me organize my thoughts and my goals and my dreams and it’s making it very clear to me and very attainable.”

Actor, director, and composer Randy Redd says;

“I had surrendered my biggest dreams. I needed the vital tools that Path provides to dig my way out of my own fortress of fear, crippling self-doubt, and flourishing ambivalence.”

Comedian and Writer, Doug Moe, set the goal to write his book when taking the Path Course. He discovered he already had all the tools he needed, and yep, the book is published!

“I wish I knew back when I started that you already have the tools you need to get started. It’s so easy to feel like other people are holding you back when it’s actually more about you working from what your current resources are.”

Still have Path questions? Don’t let this frog eat you! Sign up for a free 15-minute Path consultation, HERE. This may be the last in-person Path class offered for a while and we don’t want you to miss out.

Featured Artist In Action: Randy Redd

Featured Artist In Action: Randy Redd

I LOVED having the opportunity to work with Randy in the Path Course a few years ago for so many reasons, one of them being how honest and real he was in his approach to the course work.  When he hit up against a block in the work, he didn’t run away.  He also didn’t rush past it. He sat with what was hard and listened long enough to learn something valuable about himself and his process.  “The best way out is always through,” really does prove to be true.  The work we do in the Path Course can wake you up to a lot of things about your life and career that aren’t working, as Randy describes when he says “I had surrendered my biggest dreams. I needed the vital tools that Path provides to dig my way out of my own fortress of fear, crippling self-doubt, and flourishing ambivalence.”

Featured Artist In Action: Caitlin Kunkel

Featured Artist In Action: Caitlin Kunkel

Today’s featured Artist In Action is Caitlin Kunkel, who is here to share about her path as a writer and how private coaching has supported her along the way, especially as she published her first book last month!!  This is a great insider’s view to how personalized the private coaching experience can be, and we hope you enjoy learning more about coaching from Caitlin’s perspective. Oh, and do yourself a favor and get her new book asap – it’s the perfect holiday gift for your feminist friends.

Striking The Balance

Striking The Balance

Let’s face it, the summer months require us to let go of any expectation for maintaining our routine.  I love my routine, but I have to admit I also love taking a break from it! As we enter August, perhaps you are returning from vacation or gearing up to travel some more before Labor Day. If you are like me, you are back and forth all summer long, splitting your time between work and travel, which can be wonderful and/or stressful, depending on your experience. However you see it, here are some tips to help you strike the balance this summer between making the most of your vacation time and being productive while at work.  

Featured Artist In Action: Doug Moe

Featured Artist In Action: Doug Moe

I am proud to be featuring a long-time Path Alum, Doug Moe, as our Featured Artist in Action this month. Since Doug took the Path Course back in 2010, he has continued to use the tools and do the work. I always tell folks at the end of the course, this work will be all about your commitment to it, and Doug is a true example of what can happen when you stay committed to using the tools and working with accountability partners, no matter how crazy life gets. Doug and his fab accountability partners have been meeting weekly for years now! I get to meet up with them every 6-12 months for a group session to check in on their progress and do some coaching. I always leave so inspired by this group and what they are creating for their lives and careers! This is what commitment looks like, and yes, it DOES produce results. Doug just published his first book (!!!), Man vs. Child, which he will tell you more about below – and we are super thrilled to see what's next for Doug. Enjoy his interview!

Featured Artist In Action: Zakiya Young

Featured Artist In Action: Zakiya Young

Our latest Featured Artist In Action is actress, singer, and model, Zakiya Young, whose talents have graced the Broadway stage (Disney's The Little Mermaid), numerous Off Broadway theaters, national commercials, and, as a mezzo-soprano, the concert stage. As you'll read, Zakiya's career is taking off these days, and we couldn't be happier for her! Let's hand it over to her.