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In chapter one of Money Ball, Michael Lewis talks about how Billy Beane’s talent lead to his failure as a baseball player. I don’t consider myself a very talented person, but it has affected my skill level. Now if you know me, you know I’m average in all my pursuits. But i do have talent, and it lies in my ability to go from beginner to average in a short amount of time. But just like Billy Beane, this may be a curse.
At the start of learning something new, my curiosity quickly helps me flow through the basics. I learn too fast, I would think. Soon, the learning momentum slows, but my thoughts do not. My desire to gain complicated techniques overcomes my discipline to master the basics. I expect what I’m learning to be just as easy as when I first start, but my expectations are too high.
Then comes the draw of learning another skill. I yearn to enjoy the rush of quick improvement again, to feel out the nuances of a different skill. All this simplifies to my lack of patience. From this, I create a ceiling of mediocrity, unable to be significant. Talent has held me back. Without acknowledging that I’m not as talented as I think I am and putting in the practice, I will always stay average.
Has talent ever held you back?
The tax man bent me over and had his way with me this year, but it looks like I am going to Niagra Falls in July and possibly Alaska in August. I might do a big trip in the Fall, somewhere in Europe. The biggest trip ever is going to be Brazil in July 2014 for the world cup.
Still working on my first book, if I become a multi-millionaire I'm buying everyone a new R.V.
Imagine a company that makes cars sending out a message to all it's buyers saying "Hey, check out our competitor, you might like him". Imagine a car company helping another car company that is just starting, to grow faster and take more of the market.
That would be crazy. Because car selling, and most things, are a market that is fully served, and one where each person has a low appetite (aka one car and they are satisfied). If one person gets a customer, the other must lose that customer.
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Teaching can only help learning if the learner agrees with what the teacher shares.
You know the saying "You can lead a horse to water, but can't make it drink". Imagine now that a horse also drank oil and wine. If the horse is thirsty for wine, it needs someone who can lead it to wine. Then it will drink.
That's what we as humans are. We have an array of different possible wants out of life (like different drinks we may want). Some will not give us happiness, so we should not do (drink) them.
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This post is an extension on the post Patriotism and Religion: Why I Think It's Stupid & How To Make It Smart. I ended that post with this thought:
And this is why I think loyalty to the first one you encountered is stupid:
I could never agree with a person who had a deep loyalty to the geographic region they were born in or the ethnic roots of their parents.
With the rare exception of one who is born and raised in one area, moves himself to another, and decides that the new area has earned his loyalty through it's superiority. The loyalty of these people, I can admire.
But the kid in America with a Russian background who feels a great pride and loyalty to all things Russian would feel the same pride and loyalty to Italian things had they been born in Italy. This pride is not born of their country's superiority to another, but instead of the random chance of where they happened to be born. This pride is based in their ignorance of other countries.(This all applies to religious belief as well.)
And I see no benefit to humanity or the universe that is born of ignorance.
So, one of the big things I'm going to show in my next RV update video is the home theater I built into it. Right now I have a lycra/polyester fabric that I currently use for a screen. When I pull it taut, the sides bow in, giving me a smaller rectangle than is optimal to use for projection.
I would like to edge the screen with black non-stretch webbing to create a frame. My two ideas are as follows:
1. Maybe just having the non stretch webbing will force the screen to be rectangular and not bow in.
The Marijuana Productivity Experiment
July 31st. 1pm.
Me and my buddy Kush are breaking in the morning at my place.We've got a spliff lying around and he wants to get high. I want to do some work.
Kush, unrelenting as usual, says to me, "You know what I do when I need to do intense study for a test?".
"What?", came my sarcastic reply, already expecting the answer and thinking he was joking.
I don't know how weed works or changes your perceptions (I have a basic scientific understanding, but not depth).
However, I know that it changes my perceptions and increases my tendency and ability to think deeply.
I philosophize much better when I am high. And, when I'm not with other people in the room, I turn to writing it down (which means I can share it with the world, instead of a small group of immediately reachable people who might not get value from my philosophies).
This means that I come to realizations that could change my life (this has happened at least once, with the realization that perception is reality, and I think more often).
It was over two years ago that I first stumbled upon Tynan's site. I was in graduate school in Washington DC, one of the most expensive places to live and was inspired to buy my own RV. I wouldn't have to pay rent, and I could still live in any city. I purchased my Rialta almost two years ago from amazingly enough another Tynan convert. What's the odds of that?
Last year, I traveled south to Florida stopping by in a bunch of cities but not often living in the RV itself. Today, I'm traveling west to Colorado and then the West Coast. I'll be making stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and likely somewhere in between Chicago and Boulder/Denver, maybe Omaha? I'll be volunteering at a Buddhist Geeks Conference in Boulder and staying around the area for a while before heading further West to Vegas, San Fran, and/or Oregon.
I never made a lot of modifications apart from the wood floor that the last owner already put in place and the solar panels I installed. But I'm thinking of selling the RV after this trip anyway. I got an opportunity in Boston, and RVs don't fare well in the winter on the East Coast. Or I might just keep it at a friend's place on the West Coast. Will see.
I'll be documenting the trip more here and on my blog. Hopefully, everything works out, and I'll fulfill my dream of going cross country after I first read On the Road back in high school.