Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Quote of the day

“You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.“ - Eric Hoffer

Monday, July 30, 2007

Fourteen Year Old Pianist

This is inspiration for everyone who is learning any instrument or has a desire to create music . . .

. . . and has 10 years to learn and develop thir skill.

Jennifer Lin at TED

Thursday, July 12, 2007

More on becoming an expert

Fastcompany magazine blogged on becoming an expert, in a similar vain to my previous Gretzky "field sense" post. You can read the Fast Company blog, or be lazy and read these excerpts.

"According to the HBR article, it’s not a high IQ, one’s gender or a God-given talent that makes you a top surgeon, actor, writer, computer programmer, musician...and you name it. The only innate differences that are at all significant, according to the article, are height and body size – and they matter primarily in sports. What truly makes the difference is intense practice.

And, by intense practice, don’t think you can become a real expert in a month’s or even a year’s time. As the HBR article puts it:

'The journey to truly superior performance is neither for the faint of heart nor for the impatient. The development of genuine expertise requires struggle, sacrifice and honest often painful self-assessment. There are no shortcuts. It will take you at least a decade to achieve expertise, and you will need to invest that time wisely, by engaging in ‘deliberate’ practice – practice that focuses on tasks beyond your current level of competence and comfort.' "

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Monday, July 09, 2007

iPhone: The Music Video

For those who think life and techno-lust should be set to music.