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https://youtu.be/C2s0x2-49yo


“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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#1

redjack

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Ozzie

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can't seem to embed the video with this browser. my apologies. tried many times.
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Alexanderje

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Ozzie Wrote:
can't seem to embed the video with this browser. my apologies. tried many times.


Working for me! I'm absolutely bloody horrible at dancefloor stuff but I'll keep trying.
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Lorenz

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Yo Ozzie

I love the dance floor. I never had approaching anxiety while dancing, and it really get´s me into state. I´m so good with the dancefloor, I´ll be dancing even if there no one else dancing. (100% sober of course)
But I can´t always go out every day, so I do a lot of day game.
My question is, if you know any other good way, other then dancing, to get in state. Something I can use in the daytime to.
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MakeItHappen

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Whiplash, best movie 2014!
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Lorenz

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BlackJrCasanova Wrote:
Lorenz Wrote:
Yo Ozzie

I love the dance floor. I never had approaching anxiety while dancing, and it really get´s me into state. I´m so good with the dancefloor, I´ll be dancing even if there no one else dancing. (100% sober of course)
But I can´t always go out every day, so I do a lot of day game.
My question is, if you know any other good way, other then dancing, to get in state. Something I can use in the daytime to.


I walk to random girls and ask if they wanne dance lol



In bright daylight, on the street? You´ve got hardcore game dude. Respect.
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The Hawk

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Thanks Ozzie I like your stuff because it's just real stuff and not much fluff.

Would be greatful for an update on the book.

Cheers!!
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thx ozzi
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Great text, it's very important to emphasize how twisted society's stand on your needs and your mind is.
People just keep on doin what their minds tell them to do, instead of listening to their core, and truly take care of their needs. We turned into walking idiots, and then we go around crying like babies with way to trace our misery
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Postman

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Good shit Ozzie. Your writing is the best.
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see you later
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