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Quantified Self Meetup: Show & Tell Talk Outline

November 12, 2012

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This coming Thursday I will be attending my first Quantified Self Meetup and have signed up to give a Show & Tell talk.  This is the part of the program where people describe projects or self-experiments they have done.  In order to give some structure and continuity to the talks the QS moderators have provided […]

200 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

October 22, 2012

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Some time last week I quietly crossed over the 200 hour milestone.  I suppose some people might celebrate or make a  big deal out of it but it didn’t feel like a special day.  I sat down and practiced my 35 minutes like I do most nights.  I logged my time in Beeminder and I […]

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 […]

Digging Deeper on Dan Spitz: Master Guitarist and Watchmaker

September 17, 2012

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This is the Biography of a man who not only left his band when they were still on top, selling millions of Cd’s, countless platinum albums, platinum video’s, platinum movie soundtracks as well as three Grammy nominations for music he co-wrote and co-produced , but who left music in his past and didn’t turn back. […]

Sensory Overload: How Your Brain Triages Information

August 15, 2012

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What do you really hear? The other day I was listening to music in the car and a familiar song came on.  I had heard this song a hundred times before but this time it sounded different.  I could hear each pick movement as it was occurring.  Down…Down…Down-Up…Up-Down-Up…Down.  I could hear as the musician progressed […]

150 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

July 25, 2012

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Over 9 months ago I set a goal to practice guitar 400 hours in 2 years by averaging 35 minutes a day.  I just crossed the 150 hour mark and I have to say that I am really starting to have fun.  Somewhere between 100 and 150 hours my practice sessions started sounding almost pleasant […]

3 Lessons Skiing Taught Me About Learning

July 4, 2012

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Beginning of the Story I learned how to ski as an adult.  I had been a couple times in my teens but it was sporadic and I wasn’t physically or mentally prepared to really learn the sport.  In my early twenties my roommate and best friend Pete agreed to teach me how to ski. I […]

I Don’t Know How To Do That

June 13, 2012

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I hear people saying things like this all the time:           I don’t know how to cook.           I don’t know how to speak Spanish.            I don’t know how to play guitar. and it makes me wonder, Have you lost the ability to learn as […]

Who Do You Envy?

May 16, 2012

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If you are trying to figure out what type of work will make you happy then it is useful to pay attention to feelings of envy.  Feelings of envy can give you insight into what drives you. Who do I envy? I am envious of thinkers.  Not just any type of thinker.  Specifically, thinkers with […]

Are we there yet?

May 2, 2012

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Over the last 7 months I have deliberately practiced over 100 hours on the guitar.  I have tracked and motivated my progress by using Beeminder and I have recorded myself at 50 and 100 hours to demonstrate where I started and hopefully how far I have come. To tell you the truth, I never thought […]