Stories of deliberate practice

Outliers is an excellent place to start. It features the story of Mozart’s “genius” and the Beatle’s “overnight success” told through the lens of the 10,000 hour rule and deliberate practice. (More on Mozart here.) If you don’t feel like…

Anders Ericsson on deliberate practice

Repetition is the mother of skill Tony Robins* Tony Robins is mostly right. 10,000 hours You’re probably familiar with the 10,000 hour rule as ‘discovered’ by Anders Ericsson and popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in ‘Outliers‘. If you haven’t heard much…

In the way of it

For my youngest son, putting on his shoes is a BIG JOB. Catch him in the right mood, and he’ll get it done. But if there’s the slightest distraction in his path or in his mind, if he’s upset about…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice…

On making stuff: that Steve Jobs quote

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have…

In their hands

Make something people can use. Put it in their hands. See what happens. If they’re eager to pay – attention, time, money – you’re onto something. Watch them. Listen to them. Tweak it. Make more of it. See what they…

Too many buckets

You can fill a bucket pretty quickly under a tap. But try and fill a lot of buckets at once – a drip here, a squirt there – and it can take a long time before you have enough to…

Show me the money

Love it or loathe it, you’ve got to know where the money’s going to come from, and where it all goes. Get it right from the start – it’s essential to the health and credibility of your project or organisation.…

The Big Push vs Regular Time

Two approaches to getting work done: The Big Push The Big Push works well for defined tasks with clear deadlines. Block out some time, gather what you need, and thrash. Get the job done. It works especially for urgent tasks…

Starting line

Where’s the starting line? Sometimes we’re a few steps further down the track than the people we want to take with us:  we’ve given it more thought, we’ve done it before. We want it more. We’re so keen to get…