Patrik and I were chatting the other day, and he suggested that we have some fun, and that I involve the PaleoHacks community and pose this question to you guys.
If you could become world-class in anything in 2013, what would it be? If you had a gun against your head, how would you approach it?
Give me your best answer in 300 words or less and the winner will get a 20 minute call with me to talk about anything they like: Paleo, blood testing, performance enhancement (chemical, dietary, or otherwise), or simply accelerated learning hacks.
A world class Pianist.
Because I love the thought of being able to play the piano but was put off when I was age 11 by a piano teacher who bored me into learning theory, sucking my intrigue and enjoyment of mashing keys and creating cool melodies. Each lesson was a painful introduction to doh-re-me. After badgering my dad to send me to the piano lessons I told him I wanted to quit. And since then I haven't touched a piano.
If I had a gun to my head.
Learning from teachers who can break things down into small chunks and keep each chunk engaging is what I'll be looking for. Specifically, those who have taught adults from scratch and have had them playing in concerts/national/competitions in a short period of time.
I'd be a world class speaker and conquer my stutter. No more words are needed lol. I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to BUT that.
I'd be a world class organic biodynamic farmer with some sexy butchering technique thrown in. So far my farming is limited to some herbs on my urban balcony. I used to work on my grandfather's farm, though and I love nothing more than working outside like that. First step in my five year plan is to move out of the city and start a backyard garden and get a couple chickens. Maybe it'll sprout, so to speak, from there.
Focus: I would like to be world-class at focus, just like Bradley Cooper in Limitless, only without the drugs.
We often talk about what's the best way, or fastest way to get better at something, but I think the real key is being able to choose a pursuit and focus on it with all of your attention. As Leo Babauta of ZenHabits says:
my ability to focus on a single task has dramatically improved, and that one habit has changed my life.
If I had a gun to my head:
Hey, this is starting to sound like a pretty good plan. Maybe I should just do it :)
If I could become world-class anything, I'd be a world-class computer programmer. It has always fascinated me. As for how I'd react to a gun against my head: To be perfectly honest, I'd probably loose my bowels all over the floor and quiver like a scared rabbit. How I would like to approach it? I'd like to be able to disarm the gunman with some sort of ninja karate move, OR, maybe try and get whoever's holding the gun to really think about what they're doing. It really depends on why they're doing it, huh? If it's to get my money, I'd throw my wallet at them.
I'm going with world-class thinker.
At gun point you would have to be calm, organized, methodical, logical, and predictive. These traits seem to be necessary to succeed in most things and I can say I'm deficient in at least a couple.
Possessing those qualities is the key to becoming world-class in anything else.
Mixed martial arts. Seems like a fun job and world class would mean I could earn a pretty good living. Gun to my head? I'd move to live near a world class gym and train full time. And maybe wax my chest and get some tattoos.