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."
...and other thoughts on creating content, being pro-victory/pro-wealth/pro-expansion.
Jason Shen posted up a video, "Further Thoughts on “Winning Isn't Normal"" -
I appreciate the mention in there, and I thought, yeah, let's try this video thing more.
This video includes:
-Quick thanks to Jason
The coefficient of friction is a number that describes the friction between two objects. A combination like rubber on concrete would have a really high coefficient of friction, whereas a greased baby on a slip-n-slide would have a really low coefficient of friction.
There's more to it, though-- every pair of objects has two coefficients of friction, one for static friction, whch applies when the objects are at rest, and one for kinetic friction which applies when objects are in motion. The kinetic coefficient is always lower, which is why something can be stuck on an incline, but as soon as you give it a tiny push, it slides easily. We have mental coefficients of friction, too, and they react the same way.
Preparing for my trip to China last fall, I knew that my laptop battery wouldn't last for the entire length of the flight. Rather than being a champion and just read, I decded to download the first season of Breaking Bad to watch on my phone. Being the paragon of discipline that I am, I figured I'd watch the first half of the season on the flight over (after exhausting my computer battery with work, of course), and then watch the second half on the way back.
So I got on my flight to China and worked until my battery was dead. That was easy, because working on my laptop is what I do. I read for an hour or so on my Kindle and then decided to check out Breaking Bad. As everyone said-- it was great. I watched it for the rest of the flight.