January 24th, 2017
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“I wanna be great”, says the main character while his hands bleed from drumming and

pushing himself over the limit of human resistance. In other words he claims “I won’t be

forgotten”. He was wrong in the movie about that. He misunderstood true greatness. He

thought to be great all he had to do is to forget his real needs and spend more time

drumming. He got worst that way. Because greatness comes when you understand your

personal rhythms and utilize them wisely.

Nurture vs. nature

The movie is about that whole debate which for the Japanese is a mute point. Japanese

culture praises balance over skill. Skill comes from a balanced approach. Western culture is

not about balance, it is about speed. We focus on time. “How long will take me before I am

good at this?” Japanese culture doesn’t ask such questions. For them it is the wrong

question to ask. For them, a balanced approach to skill and patience are the key ingredients.

However, they are the pioneers and market leaders of electronics and software. Literally they

are the true champions of making things smaller and ever faster. But Japanese culture is not

about speed. Speed is a by-product.

“Faster, Faster”

His conductor yelled at him while he pushed himself with bloody hands. It was torture. His

conductor wanted him to learn things through pain and blood. Pain is a great teacher. Nothing

imprints urgency faster than pain. I am a true believer in pain. But also I believe in balance,

meeting your basic needs while striving for greatness. I believe in inspiration, but not by

itself. You need sweat and blood. This is why most geniuses go insane. They get suicidal

because their lives are unbalanced, one dimensional. Can you meet your basic needs while

striving for greatness? Western culture says no, while Japanese culture says yes and it is

necessary. In the movie, this part is represented when he has a near fatal car accident while

distracted driving. He lost his mind with his obsession and also his shot at greatness there.

The movie is clear on this. What can happen to somebody who forgets he is human?


Sustainability

Looking at an activity as a marathon, and not a dash to greatness. Most people would not

make it because of their short-sightedness. They see things through the eyes of time.

Eastern culture looks at the world as a continuum where things happen over and over.

Nothing new for mankind. Only the names change, behaviours repeat themselves. Eastern

philosophers don’t talk about time as a factor. They look at sustainability. Long term

development. Speed is detrimental to development because people burn through cycles and

don’t become whole. It slows them down in the end because the fundamentals are not honed

in.


Music as a skill intensive activity

Learning an instrument is one of the most painstaking, technical feats ever performed by

humans. It requires repletion to the max because hand eye coordination needs to be exact.

Piano players play 8 hours a day minimum. Imagine not meeting your basic needs and

playing for 8 hours everyday. How can you endure without breaking?

“I am here to push people beyond what’s expected of them”

The conductor is a man that believes “single purpose” means forgetting about yourself, your

real needs. He thinks that the real person is “expendable” and a good job is not enough. “Is

there a line?” asks the main character. His philosophy is charming. I love it. But it is

extremely unhealthy. Needs to be taken with a grain of salt or least know what you are

missing. Life doesn’t rewind itself again for you to live it. If you become dedicated to one

activity at the expense of others you risk burn out. Again, that’s  a choice you have to make.

There are plenty of brilliant people saying exactly the opposite. They claim they became

really good when they found balance in their lives and stopped being obsessive. But again

this is a matter of personal choice.

You can see clearly that the person who wrote the script loves the conductor’s point of view.

They also offer doubts about his way of thinking and his teachings. It is hard not to love the

conductor and his approach to music greatness. He is a true believer. But in the movie they

plotted out his demise. The entire movie we are waiting for it. We are intrigued about what will

be the end of this guy. Can he sustain it? Can I as audience believe in this guy? Without

spoiling it for you, the movie has a finale with a reveal. The writers were playing with you all

along. “I smell a rat” I say.

Overdoing Things Might Cost You

I keep saying to guys that they want sustainability when they approach pickup, not

obsession. Quality over length of practice, depth over shallow approaching of women,

maximizing learning profits in short periods of time, Why? It prevents boredom and burn out.

It keeps things interesting. I always stop writing on highs. Go away and come back later to

keep writing. My writing production has improved over the years using this simple trick.

However it sounds like I am sabotaging myself by walking away on highs but I am not.

Hemingway used to do that. By doing that you maintain interest on a topic and yes, you

produce more.

In the end(spoiler alert ahead), the main character in Whiplash lost a bit of love for his

instrument due to overdoing it. I am not going to spoil it for you but he was shooting himself

in the foot. He was killing his motivation to become a great drummer. Anything you overdo,

you end up paying for it. Balance is key. For me, it is all about motivation and keeping things

interesting. Why? I have ruined plenty of hobbies for myself by overdoing. I got tired of them.

Your Lesson

Self teaching is key in any skill development activity. You need to have the ability to teach

yourself like the guy in the film. Self education is an ability in of itself. It is a skill. For me

self teaching is the only way to go. I learn what I can with a coach or instructor and teach

myself the rest. I don’t expect coaches/teachers/instructors do all the leg work for me. I am

my own teacher. I use teachers and qualified people simply as guides.

Anyway, hope it helps and see you later!

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I always felt fake trying to make me feel positive, kind of forcing it onto my perfectionist

nature. I tried to escape it. I have a tendency to control the world around me, in a way; it is a

trying to avoid my negative feelings inside. That’s where my perfectionism took me.

Whenever I tried to stop my negative thinking I felt guilty for it. Which led to beating myself

down and further negativity. I was more like a watch dog for negative thought.

Concluded that I was trying to too hard at being positive.

Trying to hard at being positive made me more negative. I was always fighting. I was being

controlling. That is not being positive. Even having a “positive” agenda it made me controlling

and negative in the long run. Why? Because I saw everything at the mind level. I never

thought about my body as part of it. Most emotions are felt in the body; symptoms of fear

appear in the body. I was ignoring those in favour of the mind. I was a brainiac.

Positive thinking didn’t make me more positive

It actually made me more judgmental, more in my head trying to find “reasons to stay

positive”, looking at the “silver lining” of things. I found I was forcing myself to be positive

instead of actually being positive. I noticed that naturally positive people rarely use logic, at

least not in an obsessive way. Getting logical, in the name of positivity, gets you negative,

because you get into rigid thinking. Most natural positives, they flow with reality, they don’t

try to change it. They kind of roll with it, not try to control it. In controlling it you become

miserable because you can’t overcome reality and its “swings”.

Imperfection

I was still imperfect at being positive. I made mistakes in real life, wrong decisions that

invariably brought me down from the positive mountain of logic I had built for myself. Positive

thinking didn’t give me any respite because I was still being logical—and I hadn’t really

changed. I was still fighting, judging, being “good at it”, and wondering when life would finally

get positive for real. The old “fake it till you make it” strategy.
 
Using my head, being logical was the problem, overanalysing things, trying to be perfect at it

became the issue.

Being Non Judgemental

If you stop judgement, if you can, trying to figure things out, and accept reality as it is you

become more grounded. Acceptance is the opposite of changing, fixing and control. It makes

positive immediately because the need to “arrange” is gone. Acceptance takes practice.

Staying with the disarray of reality, with the uncomfortable symptoms is what defeats

negativity. You find out, nothing is ever that bad. Your mind creates fear out of nothing. It

creates these scenarios you are trying to control when in reality there is nothing to control.

No need. You only have to stay on course. Life drives itself.
 
Accepting the Bad

There are things you don’t like about yourself. Sometimes trying to change them makes

them stick rather than getting rid of them. I normally ask my students to tell me something

“uncool” about themselves and start conversations with people using “uncool” stuff as an

opener. They are surprised to find out people not only they don’t care they embrace those

things. Why don’t you embrace those parts of you? If you pay attention, those parts of you

are not that bad after all. In certain situations they have been assets to you. Love every part

of you, not just the good stuff. If you do, you will find others follow suit. It is usually self

perception. Sometimes the job is thought of as a deal breaker. For example, “ my job is

boring”, or “menial”. You will find that people don’t care as much, it is only you.

People

Tim, former RSD instructor deluxe, instead of trying to control things to happen a certain way

or resisting what “is,” he would chill out. This doesn’t mean to not do anything. It simply

means being clear on what you want, setting your intention, doing what you can to achieve it

and then let go. Finding the “natural” way simply means being clear on the bad traits,

responding instead of constantly initiating, and letting the universe bring you the results

you’re supposed get. Loved being around that guy who was always making jokes and having

fun out of ridiculous situations we got into travelling.

If you find yourself feeling down after being around certain people, limit the time you spend

around them. Instead, spend time with  friends who are uplifting, and seek out new friends

who leave you feeling positive. Life can be hard, and no one wants to be bogged down by a

partner with a negative outlook on life. When you look at the brighter side of life, your

interactions will be positive and more enjoy.

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Hey Guys:

I have decided to throw a video for newbies and advanced alike. These are mistakes I see in

both. Most advanced guys forget the fundamentals once they start getting results. They

think they are “above” them. They make up for their forgetfulness with “game”. They struggle

as a result. So this video could be a reminder for them. For newbies, they can profit from the

straightforwardness of the lessons here. You can apply them right away and improve your

game quickly.

In this video you will learn:

1.       Group Dynamics: what makes a group take you in on a cold approach

2.       The concept of Newcomer hostility

3.       How Positive Traits operate in groups and turn groups around

4.       How to “mask” your incompetence of a newbie you enter a big group

5.       Become Aware how the group impacts your behaviour and be ready to change

negative traits that result from it.

I hope is useful. 



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