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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 […]

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 […]

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Also

April 15, 2013

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I find it amazing and motivating that humans continue to push the envelope of performance in every domain year after year.  I was doing some research on deliberate practice and music and I came across this quote (emphasis mine): Recently we investigated historical changes in music performance by focusing on the complexity of performed music.  […]

Grit Your Teeth to Achieve Success?

April 8, 2013

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Are you the type of person who starts working on a project passionately only to abandon it weeks later when something else catches your attention?  Did you have trouble choosing your major in college or settling on a career path?  Do you struggle to stay motivated when you encounter boredom, challenges or setbacks on a […]

If It Was Easy Everyone Would Be Doing It

March 18, 2013

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One of my readers dealt out a little tough love in the comments of last week’s post.   He thinks I am sounding defeated, lacking passion, feeling sorry for myself, not being a man of my word, and being a quitter…. I hear what he is saying Many of my recent posts have focused on […]

Pushing Through a Learning Plateau

November 26, 2012

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It is amazing how quickly you can progress when you start learning a new skill.   It is self-reinforcing, motivating and downright addicting to make advances every day and it is easy to get used to that feeling.  Unfortunately, everyone eventually hits a spot where they stop making obvious improvements.  A learning plateau. I hinted in […]

Most Popular Types of Goals On 43Things.com

November 19, 2012

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43Things.com claims to be the world’s largest goal-setting community with over 3 million members setting goals, sharing their progress and cheering each other on. I recently discovered the site and have found myself returning several times to check out their list of Most Popular Goals.  Unfortunately the goals are not grouped or organized very well.  […]

So You Want to Be an Outlier? Don’t Plan on It.

October 5, 2012

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Almost every article you read about learning, becoming an expert, or deliberate practice will reference the 10,000 hour rule popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.  The basic idea is that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a master, expert or Outlier.  Many people have stretched this idea to say that […]

My Theory for Living a Long and Full Life

August 30, 2012

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As a child I remember hearing adults complain about how fast their lives flew by.  “Appreciate your youth” they would say, “because in a blink of an eye you will be my age and wonder where all the time went.” I am not going to lie.  The thought scared me then and still scares me […]

My Baby’s Momma is a Badass

August 1, 2012

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On Sunday July 22nd at 7:41 PM Lincoln Robert Jenkins was born. The addition of Link to our family has been an amazing experience but I won’t bore you with a post about our healthy baby boy and how much he has changed our lives. Instead I would like to share a story inspired by […]