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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 […]

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

September 24, 2012

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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 […]

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 […]

Achieve More with Beeminder

July 11, 2012

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I don’t know if you have noticed, but all my blog posts go live on Tuesday night.  Why Tuesday night you may wonder? It just so happens that my Beeminder blog post graph will crash if I don’t tend to it by midnight on Tuesday.   In other words, if I don’t write a blog post […]

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 […]

10 Topics to Inspire Your Daily Writing

June 6, 2012

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About 7 months ago I set a Beeminder goal to write 750 words a day.  Since then I have written 135,000 words!   When I set that goal I thought it would force me to write material for this blog on a more regular basis.  While much of the material posted here has come from […]

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 […]

100 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

April 25, 2012

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