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Learning to Dance in a Year

July 23, 2013


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 […]

If It Was Easy Everyone Would Be Doing It

March 18, 2013


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 […]

Quantified Self Meetup: Show & Tell Talk Outline

November 12, 2012


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 […]

My First Two Fans… I Mean Readers

October 13, 2012


I just finished writing a response to a comment and I turned to my wife and said excitedly “I have my first two fans!” before quickly correcting myself and saying “readers.” Jerome has commented here, here and here.  and Milt has commented one other time.  That means that they are repeat visitors, readers and commentators (is […]

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

October 5, 2012


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 […]

How to Cram for a Math or Engineering Exam in 24 Hours

September 24, 2012


Seeing as how I write a lot about deliberate practice and appear to be pretty disciplined and routine in my approach you wouldn’t be surprised to find out that I was a Biomedical Engineering major in college.  I think you would be surprised to find out that I rarely went to class and regularly pulled […]

150 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

July 25, 2012


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 […]

Stop Moving the Goalposts

July 18, 2012


We have all done it You lose 5 lbs successfully and then set a goal to lose 10 more. You finish the half-marathon and then sign up for the marathon. You stop drinking sugar drinks and then decide to quit all carbohydrates. It seems like we are hard-wired to keep pushing and striving after any […]

I Don’t Know How To Do That

June 13, 2012


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 […]

Are we there yet?

May 2, 2012


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 […]