Browsing All posts tagged under »Skill Development«

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 […]

4 Tips For Maximizing Your Practice

March 28, 2012

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When I was researching deliberate practice I found a whole series of articles that took the 10,000 hour theory and concluded that if you want to learn a new skill you need to squeeze 10,000 hours of deliberate practice into your schedule over the next couple years.  If you couldn’t make that commitment you should […]

This Blogging Business is Hard!

March 14, 2012

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I started this blog to force me to write more frequently and at a level that was good enough to post publicly.  I thought that was the skill I would be developing.  I didn’t anticipate how much of a learning experience building and managing the blog itself would be. Recently my site was hacked.   I […]

Focus on Base-skills to Build a Solid Foundation

March 7, 2012

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A couple days ago I was practicing guitar and I realized that I had plateaued.  I had been making steady progress through an exercise book called Guitar Aerobics when I hit Week 6 and was challenged by every exercise on the page.  Even though they were supposed to build on the previous week’s exercises I […]

Getting the Words Out

October 26, 2011

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Lately I have been having this strong urge to become a writer.  The urges are so strong that I have considered throwing my entire livelihood and career out the window to chase this dream.  Well, that isn’t too crazy you might say.  Many writers through caution to the wind and followed their dream and achieved […]