Sometimes, there will be no more in your way, only your action to take. A space appears because of your wake. Everyone’s had an idea that was without doubt evolutionary and would make a life-changing tailspin a sure-win, but most never execute it to the finish. It’s uncomfortable to perform decisions on a whim, to act on that idea that might fail…and most live for comfort. That gives us a HUGE advantage.
Barcelona were down 4-0 entering the second leg of the Champions League: Round of 16 face-off against PSG. The atmosphere coming into the Catalan stadium brimmed with tension, as one goal by PSG would cauterize any chance because away goals serve as a tie-breaker – and that’s exactly what happened in the 62nd minute. But in an incredible, sensational, and otherwise inconceivable turn of events, Barcelona came back to win with an absolutely stunning goal in the 94th minute to turn it around: 6-1, Barcelona. There were clear changes in behavior from the players and management that led to a composed comeback of legendary proportions.
Hedonism – sensual self-indulgence – is a way of life. Who wouldn’t want to live like a king being fed grapes like the robot in Futurama? Hedonism is great in the moment, and all we have is the moment – the logic is clear. Still, unconventional living – the theme of this blog – demands we live under no boundaries. It’s pretty hard to set boundaries on feeling good. Hedonism takes it to the extreme, so it’s not a great long-term strategy.
Performing professionals seem to do unreal, never-before seen feats: Steve Jobs’ distribution of millions of MacBooks, Julian Edelman’s Super Bowl catch, or Victor Pride’s deployment of a million dollar blog. These authorities appear to be born with their skills, but the truth is, they’re not that much different from you and me. Like an iceberg, there’s lots going on below the surface that led to their success.
There’s two sets of skills: necessary skills which you use often, and extra skills that you use when you least expect it. Ideally, we’d work on all of them if we just had the time! Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a technique we’re practicing belongs in one category or the other. Are picking the right skills to work on just based on luck? Nope. Just use a heuristic process.