“Put yourself on a path of passion..” – Chase Jarvis
There’s a number of exciting activities that can challenge and help make our lives a little more of an adventure. Such activities can be (to name but a few) physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, linguistic, creative, business, social, environmental, gastronomical, technical or technological.
According to Malcolm Gladwell and Dr. K. Anders Ericsson of Florida State University, it takes at least 10 000 hours to master any skill. To the contrary, Tim Ferriss, Author of three #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, applies the Pareto principle to learning anything, stating that you really only need to know 20% about a subject in order to become proficient at it. So essentially, 20% of deliberate practise will give you 80% of results. Everything else, is extra, often, a waste of time, depending on the outcome you’re after.
By mastering the new skills listed below, I will aim to reach a level which is meaningful to me, rather than aiming to become the very best at that one skill.
The aim is to acquire at least one skill every year for the rest of my life and hope to be doing so by utilising Time Ferriss’ method of deconstructing subject matter to it’s “minimum effective dose” (MED) and applying the principles of his DSSS (Deconstruction, Selection, Sequencing and Stakes) and CFE ( Compression, Frequency, Encoding) framework for learning, to read more about this, go ahead and buy his book: “The 4-hour Chef”.
Below is my list of activities/ challenges/ adventures for the next 30 odd years..
11. Become a skier
13. Become a coder
17. Become a wife
18. Become a mother
19. Learn Kung Fu
21. Become a pianist
25. Become a restauranteur/ bar/ deli owner
30. Become a grandmother
Of course this list is non exhaustive and will grow with time, however it’s important to have goals each year and these are mine for now.
Which skills/ activities/ goals would you add to your personal list?
Watch the video below, which is sure to inspire you to start smashing your fears and try something new: