Geeking Out & Outlying (feat. Trainstation)
If you’re an old friend, or have been following my blog since early 2012 at least, you’ll know that I’ve always had problems with sustaining hobbies or interests.
This year, I’ve found something that I feel I can now seriously geek out on because 1) when I look back at my life, it’s something I’ve been consistently interested in, digested every now and then in little bites, 2) it provides value to the world, and 3) it can feed me.
While I acknowledge my constant love and value for other activities I have and continue to engage in, such as Muni, diving, and my elusive love affair with local textiles, I acknowledge the need for practicality, and this doesn’t have to mean settling for a job you hate and giving up on your dreams.
One of my sicknesses is that whenever I get even remotely close to claiming some semblance of ability in a certain skill, I almost always inevitably stop and move on the the next skill.
Journalist and bestselling author Joshua Foer calls this the “OK Plateau,” where we have gained sufficient skills for our needs (or in my case, sufficient dabbling in something) and stop pushing ourselves. But experts or those who Malcolm Gladwell might call “outliers” do it differently. Watch this insightful talk to learn strategies for developing expertise in any field.