Those that know me know a couple things:
- I don’t shut the fuck up
- I love to tell stories
Oh and one more thing: I hate people that park next to me in a parking lot when I park my car at least 20 spaces away from everyone else. Do you think they do it on purpose? I think they do it on purpose.
So, what does this have to do with me blogging? Is it because I love the sound of my own voice? Yes. More so, I don’t want to be that guy at the Italian Club when I’m 75 years old that is known as a great storyteller. I just don’t .
We all know the type.
A guy or gal that can just blow your socks off. You know the characters, the setting, the intention, the obstacle, and finally the outcome. It doesn’t matter if the whole thing is bullshit, completely embellished, or remarkably true; All we know is, we want another. If you’ve never met someone like that, you need to.
But what am I doing right now? Other than making you regret you started reading this? And judging, I know you’re judging me,
“What the fuck is going on with Keith?”
“He goes to some Tony Robbins thing, probably had some drink that had acid in it, now I keep seeing this shit on my Facebook”.
“It’s probably all the drugs he used to take, they melted his brain.”
The real reason, myelin. What is myelin some of you may ask?
Myelin is a mixture of proteins and phospholipids forming a whitish insulating sheath around many nerve fibers, increasing the speed at which impulses are conducted.
What the fuck does that mean? Imagine Tiger Woods learning how to hit a driver at age 3. He was told how to do it, he tried, he failed, he thought about it, tried, failed, thought about it, tried, failed. But each time he was getting a little bit closer until he got it. The nerves you fire off to perform that act are getting stronger and develop myelin to making them more efficient and faster.
Simply put, you get really, really good by trying and failing continuously. As long as there is deep thought, which creates deep practice, which creates a passion to be exceptional.
Are we following along? Are we figuring out what I’m telling you?
When I first heard of myelin I was intrigued. So I investigated by buying a book called
“The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill” by Daniel Coyle. I’m only a few chapters deep, but the premise is how the truly great, practiced in a way that many of us could do, just choose not to do out of fear of failure.
Think about that, there is something we love to do, but we are afraid of going out and subjecting ourselves to scrutiny for fear of someone’s opinion.
The boy that loves playing guitar but will never play it outside of his room or garage. The writer that only journals to herself. The boy the dreams of being an actor but fears he is to ugly to be one.
Jonah Hill is an actor, what the fuck is your excuse?
Point being, you’re going to see more of these. The stories I will practice on will be observations, explorations, or simply nothing about nothing, but they will be mine to be scrutinized by you.
Some of you may hate the majority of what I say, I’m just looking for the one thing you like.