So I was in the airport recently in Los Angeles and I picked up the book “Blink” by New York based author Malcolm Gladwell. I love to read in general and especially on planes. A few years ago I read his previous best seller “The Tipping Point” and it was a life changing experience. I could not put “Blink” down and by the time I had arrived in Dallas I almost had it finished.
Malcolm is a genius at observing the little things that lead to big things in this world and I highly recomend this book. After I finished it I gave it to my friend Lauren who was flying to London so she could read it on the plane. The first thing she told me when she got back was how much she loved the book as well.
We are living in a time quantum physicist call the “quickening” Information is readily available in an instant and there is so much of it we are walking around in a data smog.
Information is no longer powerful, there is too much of it!
And as for knowledge I would say the same principle applies. What is truly powerful in the world we live in now is clarity.
Decisions must be made in an instant and made with precision. Because opportunities disappear in a nano-second if you are not awake enough to seize them. I have a friend that I am teaching to play the guitar that shared with me a wonderful 4 step process to learning that was taught to him by his Defensive Driving Coach several years ago. It goes like this:
The 4 Phases of Learning:
1. Consciously incompetent- you understand that you have no skills or experience.
2. Unconsciously incompetent- you don’t understand that you have no skills and little experience (the 16 year old driver)
3. Consciously competent- you know that you have solid skills and experience, but still lack confidence and have to think to perform.
4. Unconsciously Competent- you have polished skills and enough experience to not have to think to perform.
I grew up playing baseball and I always have loved the great catcher Yogi Berra. I lived in Houston as a kid and he was a coach for the Houston Astros. I attended a baseball clinic for youths put on by Yogi and he said it best:
“You can’t think it and hit at the same time!”
This hall of fame guy is known for his way with words and there has never been a time that this is more true. So whether you are playing baseball, playing music or wanting to talk to that attractive person across the room. Go for it and just do it, you will learn something very valuable. You will learn to trust that “gut instinct” and be like a laser beam.
I am looking forward to the Superbowl this year. If anyone understands this phenomena very well it is a quarterback in the NFL. You know the average quarterback has at most seven seconds to release the ball or else. Peyton Manning is one of the best at this and this will be a great example to watch. I am picking Indianapolis to win.
All the best!