Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stephen Duneier - How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals

I'm ambitious and I think I have an attention span of just 5 seconds lolz.

That's why I really love this talk. Aside from it being entertaining, I love that he achieved seemingly amazing things, but like I always believed they were achieved because a person put effort to it.

How did he do it when he said he cannot focus to anything for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time? He used the term: marginal adjustment.

Here's a transcript of a part of his talk that I want to apply:
"...through the second year of college I was  a really consistent c- student, but then going into my junior year, I had enough, I thought I want to make a change, I'm gonna make a marginal adjustment and I'm going to stop being a spectator in my own decision-making and start becoming an active participant.

And so that year, instead of pretending again that I would suddenly be able to settle down and focus on things for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time, I decided to assume, I wouldn't. And so, if I wanted to achieve the type of outcome that I desired, doing well in school, I was gonna actually have to change my approach and so I made a marginal adjustment.

If I would get an assignment, let's say read 5 chapters in a book, I wouldn't think of it as 5 chapters, I wouldn't even think of it as one chapter, I would break it down into these tasks that I could achieve, that would require me to focus for just 5 or 10 minutes at a time, so maybe 3 or four paragraphs, that's it, I would do that.

When I was done with those 5 or 10 minutes, I would get up, I would shoot some hoops, do a little drawing, maybe play video games for a few minutes. And then I'd come back, not necessarily to the same assignment, not even necessarily to the same subject, but to another task that required just 5 to 10 minutes of my attention.

From that point forward, all the way through graduation, I was a straight A student. Dean's List, President's honor roll, every semester."
Here's the full talk:


That's what I'm going to do too for this one thing that I've always wanted to do but never really done anything to achieve it: Learn to play the piano.

***I'm going to play the Lakehouse by Rachel Portman***



I really want to do that, but I have lots of excuses not to achieve it. It's the most tangible thing to achieve for me at this time.

I have a lot of other goals like learning kpop dances, have a blog with lots of visitors, earn money through my blog, but it seems too much for me, I can't wrap it around my head how I can achieve these, but with the piano thing, it's simple, but the keyboard, have piano lessons then practice. Simple but not easy lolz. 

I will update this blogpost later with more of my thoughts, for now, I'm going to publish this so that i will have a reminder to do a marginal adjustment.


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