Curiosity is a powerful tool. It makes us question our surroundings and compels us to ask why things work the way they do. It kicks the mind into exploration.
But the addition of courage takes curiosity a step further; it tries to fill the void through hands-on experimentation. These small tests are fuel for failure in disguise as they convert ignorance into knowledge.
Playing in the NBA is a pipe dream for most of us. But by playing basketball you may acquire the leadership and motivation to move on to coaching or take what you learned and apply it to something else like another sport, job, or side project.
The whole point is to build up enough confidence to take action, to persist a little bit, but also to identify your strengths and see new opportunities. Your job is to find the gaps and build up the courage to fill them in.
You have to be somewhat unrealistic to give anything a go; otherwise, you’ll hesitate and hold back. You’re just shooting to make a point to yourself that anything is possible if you believe in the unbelievable.
The design of the classroom is a technology, and you can interpret that in a lot of different ways. Architects can make that look more, and less, typical. But the point is the instruction, the interaction in the classroom, not that it looks more like a circle or more like a square or whatever else.
I have a brain training app — it's called writing and it's the hardest thing I do.
The code of writing is practice. You can't possibly get writer's block if you force yourself to publish something every day.
When's the last time you got talker's block?
Writing is creating. It's an art, like painting and drawing where the end-game is clarity, abstraction, or intricacy weaved together.
It's not the writing that bogs down writers. It's the editing. It's the painful process of crawling through the brain dump you just took on paper. As the Marines say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”