23 September 2020

Commitment Vs. Technique


"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

-- Mario Andretti

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Too much time is spent teaching technique… 


Teaching people to be good at coding, playing guitar, chess, or even basketball. 

 

It's such a waste because the fact is, you can probably learn to be good at something, by simply choosing to be. If you choose to make the leap, put in the effort and deal with the failure, the frustration and the grind.


If you decide that there’s very little in the world more important than achieving proficiency in whatever skill you want to develop.


But if you’re like most people you don't want to commit until after you've discovered that you can be good at something. Kinda like my 10-year-old.  


So you say, "teach me, while I stand here on one foot... teach me while I chat up my friends via text, teach me while I wander off to other things. And, sure, if the teaching sticks, then I'll commit… Maybe."


We’d all be a lot more successful (and a lot sooner I might add) if organized schooling had been all about creating an atmosphere where commitment was the highest attribute. A committed student with access to minimal resources is virtually unstoppable.


Do you want to be great at something?


Commit.

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