Learning to Dance in a Year

July 23, 2013

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How many hours of practice does it take to learn how to dance?  It took Karen Cheng 500 hours over a year and her video tracking her progress over time is a viral hit with almost 3 million views in two weeks. I was blown away when I saw this video and have been thinking […]

Highs and Lows of Sailing a Pocket Cruiser with my Family

July 16, 2013

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This is the second part of the story.  Start with the first part to get the whole story. Last month I accepted a job offer in the San Francisco Bay area and it forced us to make a number of big decisions.  One of the most difficult ones was whether we should keep the boat […]

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Highs and Lows of Sailing a Pocket Cruiser with my Family

July 9, 2013

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You know that feeling when you are searching on Craigslist or Ebay and you are tempted to buy something really expensive and indulgent just because it looks like a lot of fun?  Well, we did that a year ago when we impulsively bought a sailboat. I was bored one night and I hopped on Craigslist […]

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300 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

July 1, 2013

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Over twenty months ago I set a goal to practice guitar 400 hours in 2 years.  I recently completed my 300th hour of deliberate practice and I have recorded and edited another video to track my progress. Over the last 50 hours I focused on improving my sight-reading abilities and practicing barre chords (My Daily […]

Posted in: Guitar, Learning, Practice

Slow and Steady Approach to Becoming a Chef

June 24, 2013

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It is a common belief that you either know something or you don’t.  That skills and knowledge are somehow gifted to some people and not to others.  The truth is that we all lie somewhere on a spectrum from knowing very little to knowing a lot and that only through practice can we climb the […]

Posted in: Learning

My Plan to Fix My Writing Routine and Stop Sucking

June 10, 2013

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My recent post “Why I Quit Reading For 45 Days” sucked.  I wrote the post under time pressure and as the deadline approached I had to stop writing and start editing even though I knew it was in poor shape.  As soon as I hit publish I felt regret, shame, and disappointment. I started this […]

Kelly and Jake: Getting Back Together

May 27, 2013

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This is the second part of our story.  Start with the first part to get the whole story. Over the years Kelly and I would see each other sporadically.  We saw each other in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving break and she dropped by Johns Hopkins on a road trip to her summer internship.  We were […]

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Why I Quit Reading for 45 Days

May 20, 2013

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This year my New Year’s Resolution was to quit reading for the entire year. My plan was to stop reading anything unnecessary for work or survival and that included my RSS feed, books, magazines, news, and research. I managed to make it 45 days. Everyone I told about my goal looked at me like I […]

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Are You Busy Enough?

May 13, 2013

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Every minute of my weekdays are accounted for from the moment I climb out of bed at 5:30 till I finally lay down to sleep at 10:00 at night.  Here is my regular schedule in case you are wondering where the time goes: 5:30-5:50    Shower and shave 5:50-6:30    Prepare breakfast and pack lunches for wife […]

Diagnosing and Resolving a Problem Using Deliberate Practice

May 6, 2013

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Most articles on deliberate practice describe the general guidelines but rarely detail an actual example.  I recently experienced a classic arc of deliberate practice where I encountered a problem, struggled to make progress, diagnosed the issue, simplified my approach, improved my technique, failed to follow through and then finally implemented the lessons learned. Encountering a problem […]

Posted in: Guitar, Practice