Mahalo Mondays #17: Timekeeping, space ape, making fewer mistakes
Mahalo Mondays is a newsletter on the most interesting I’ve learned or found over that week. It’ll range from articles, tips, videos, hacks, and other fascinating things that would broaden your perspective.
Mahalo means many things in Hawaiian (expressing gratitude), but for me, it’s a way to show appreciation and love to those that I’ve learned from. So I want to showcase their work and share it with all of you.
Quote of the week:
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
Ape in space:
Perhaps one of the strangest and funniest videos I’ve seen:
His twin, Scott Kelly, pulled a few strings for his brother Mark to receive this “care package”.
It reminds you of the old saying of never growing up.
Making fewer mistakes:
One of the major differences I’ve seen between experts and beginners is the number of mistakes made. A beginner makes all of the mistakes — which takes a lot of time and knowledge to fix and correct. An expert does not make those mistakes and can spend time working on things that do matter.
When you’re a beginner, everything feels important and you’ll have to tend to those issues. When you’re an expert, you know what’s important or not. When you know what’s important or not, you can efficiently maneuver and maximize your time with crucial issues.
I see this example the most with Brazillian Jujitsu (BJJ). A beginner will think of a simple hand grab as a red flag and spend all of their effort to break that grip. Which in turn affects their ability to do anything else. An expert will recognize if that hand grab affects his ability to move to another dominating position or their path towards a submission. When you make fewer mistakes, you lower your own chances of getting submitted, which is the ultimate goal of BJJ.
so make lots of mistakes and figure out how to not make those same mistakes if you want to become an expert.
Until next week,