Got a really, really cool reader letter sharing this video -
I was initially introduced to your blog by Jason (Shen) and have become a regular reader since then. I'm pretty obsessive so I've gone back and read all the previous posts and saved the excerpts I like and/or could learn from.
I found "Positive Sum Games Don’t Require Natural Talent" to be one of the most insightful ones and while watching the climbing movie Progression (inspiration) today I saw a clip that really resonated with me and was in line with that idea. I thought you may like it.
I personally don't care much for being the champion and prefer to do things for their intrinsic value but overall I love the dedication. Being best in the world at 1 particular thing is obviously greatly aided by talent but the principle still applies:
My training is very scientific
It's important to take every aspect seriously
Everything is scheduled according to a plan
It's very important to never deviate from the plan
Even when every muscle and every joint are burning
I must continue training
It's a sacrifice but it's the only way to be the best
When I'm preparing for competitions, I train 7 days a week
Each day, I do at least 2500 moves to build endurance.
Sometimes I put up to 20 pounds in the weight vest
If I want results I must increase the intensity
The other climbers are really talented
So they don't need to train as hard as I do
But I have to work fucking hard
I haven't had a rest day in 3 months
My talent is being a masochist
The training totally breaks your body and your mind
But it's worth it to be champion
Wow, I really appreciate that. That climber is my new hero, I want to read/watch more about him.
Thanks, Can. Can Sar's site is http://www.cansar.com/ - I like it, it's a bunch of short snappy useful insights. Thanks for the great letter and cluing me into that video, excellent stuff. Also a big thanks to Jason Shen - I'm always grateful when I get to connect with cool people.
Okay, much gratitude and celebrating all around. Watch the clip if you haven't - it's two minutes long, the guy is tough as nails, and I'd almost guarantee you'll be inspired after watching it.
I wonder how he would do if he didn't have the immediate goal / pressure of winning the competition. Probably a very naturally driven person, but he mentions it multiple times. It seems most extremely driven people have very concrete goals.
Of course, you can use that insight two ways: "I would do that if only I had a target." or "I can do that, but first I should pick a target."
Jason Shen quoted me on his website -
"As soon as they put their hands on you… (quote)"
I’ve got some sets of names I’d name my sons as they’re born. They’re unconventional names – Cosimo Marshall or Aurelius Marshall if the boy’s mother was Italian, Zhuge Marshall if he was Chinese. The boy will likely get teased.
That’s fine, tease back.
But son, as soon as someone puts their hands on you, they’ve crossed a line. Fuck them up. It’s the only thing these vicious freaks understand. They’re wild animals. They make violence on you, you need to show them that you’re the stronger, bigger animal. When someone attacks you maliciously for no reason, you need to impose your will on them. -Sebastian Marshall – Blogger, Strategist
And somehow we're done with 2011 already. Last year I made one goal (getting this site to the top 50k in Alexa), and I didn't make any effort whatsoever to reach it, so at this point I'm giving up on yearly goals. But I will say this-- if SETT isn't rocking and rolling by this time next year, I'd better be a famous rapper.
I may be blind towards the future but hindsight is 20/20, so I'm going to a quick summary of the year.