Month: April 2010

Learn Like a Baby

Several readers recently forwarded me this video. Not only because it’s deadly cute (man oh man, is it ever), but also because it provides valuable insights into increasing our learning velocity. There’s more learning per second going on here than almost anything I’ve ever come across.
On the surface, Li’l Edward tumbles around like a dervish, …

The Power of Play: 3 Tips

I spent last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, giving a few talks. It was big fun on a lot of levels. For one, the Olympic team is in good hands–as proven by the medal-haul of Vancouver. For another, the coaches are a friendly, hard-working, and deeply knowledgeable bunch. (The cafeteria …

How to Read

We all know that world-class writers write differently from the rest of us. What I didn’t know — at least until recently — was how differently some of them read.
Check out these links to the private books of two pretty fair writers: Mark Twain and David Foster Wallace. They’re worth exploring, because 1) it’s as thrillingly …

The Uses of Madness

When I was in grade school, my ironclad bedtime routine included setting out the next day’s clothing. I didn’t fold the clothes, but laid them carefully on the floor exactly as I would put them on: pants next to socks, socks next to shoes, and so on.  An unsuspecting passer-by would assume either 1) a …

The Rule of Limits

I love this video, first because of the kid’s uncanny resemblance to Young Forrest Gump. Second, because of the reaction of the other kids  — they’re stunned, thrilled, and ignited by his performance. (If he can do it, why can’t I?)
But the main reason is that it holds a useful strategic lesson. This kid has …

What Shape is Your Talent?

Spiderweb? Loop? Or Funnel?
Let me back up a second and start with a simple idea: Skills are really circuits in your brain.
I think this is a cool and useful idea, first because our brains are plastic and changeable. And second, because it leads us somewhere even cooler and more useful. Shapes.
All neural circuits have shapes. In fact, …