Tag Archives: deliberate practice

Mini-Habits: (Don’t) Break the Chain

It’s been an app-y summer.   I’ve finished graduate school and though I am preparing to start a new career as a school librarian, there aren’t as many looming deadlines and forced readings as last year.   I’ve installed a … Continue reading

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How to Get Ahead Without Losing Your Head

I finally got around to picking up a copy of The Last Samurai:  The Life and Times of Saigo Takamori.  After watching the Hollywood Tom Cruise version of history, I realized it is time to get a real historian’s re-telling … Continue reading

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Small is the New Big: Samurai Chain Reaction

Taking five minutes to do something you love or practice is more than a small act.  Taking five minutes does more than place a bookmark in your life for important projects.  “Five Minutes” is  a revolutionary act because  but because … Continue reading

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Take it to the Edge and Empty Out

In order to have something, you actually need to leave it.  In order to remember something,  you need to take it to the point of almost forgetting. In order to listen to the music, you need to have silence. Yep, … Continue reading

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Samurai Getting it from All Directions

I loved it when Daniel Coyle, author of The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code, mentioned the skateboarders highlighted in the documentary Dogtown and Zboys.   These outsiders and misfits changed skateboarding forever.   Part of how Coyle explains how they … Continue reading

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“Weaponize” It

I’m trying to re-envision for work, for myself,  my audience and students.   I bought Zen and the Art of Making a Living, by Laurence G. Boldt, many years ago but was put off by its size and its tendency to … Continue reading

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Give Up Samurai: We are the Two to Five Percent!

So it is in any situation you find yourself, no matter how overwhelmed you feel, no matter how much you may feel you are at the mercy of things that are just beyond your control, some part of it is … Continue reading

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Ronin Samurai: Go for Nuggets

Yeah, well I don’t really know a lot about samurai despite the title of the blog.  But I do know that ronin samurai were masterless samurai, who lost their position through various events.  According to Wicker-pedia, in Japan “ronin” also … Continue reading

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Water and Fire Samurai

Mixed metaphors time kiddos.  Keep treading water.  Keep the fire burning. With three more weeks left of school, the demands on my time have ratcheted up to hyper levels.   Last minute student essays and administrative demands all put an extreme … Continue reading

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Shut the Samurai Up and Give Up!

“Practice with no hope of fruition.”  Terre Roche I’ve practiced more guitar lately because I have given up.  I’ve given up on becoming great.  I’ve given up on having to know everything instantly.  However, I know that I am not … Continue reading

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