A great post I stumbled upon over at Hacker News entitled How I Tricked Myself Into Being Awesome really got me thinking in terms of three themes that I’m covering here at Quantifire.net – namely, Focus, Consistency and Learning. In his post, Chris Strom, the author of the post, details how he “tricked himself” at being awesome.
In the last 365 days, he accomplished the amazing feat of authoring or co-authoring 3 different books, on technologies he knew nothing about.
What was his secret? Did he somehow get a stroke of genius, get help from experts or outsource it? Nope. He blogged everyday for an entire year and publicly committed to it.
I have nothing but respect for someone who can cultivate the discipline to commit to learning and reflecting on a daily basis – especially when he was maintaining quality time with his family. That sort of focus, execution and consistency is the foundation for becoming remarkable in your own right.
If you’re constantly learning on a daily basis with a single-minded laser focus, you’re BOUND to reach your goals and create some really cool shit along the way 🙂
Much like how Chris Strom made his public commitment, I am striving towards learning how to do data visualizations (infographics) using a number of technologies, including data mining and web scraping as mentioned in Nathan Yau’s Vizualize this.
That would also mean posting my work in Illustrator for the next year – to reflect on my progress as well.
To close off this post, I’ll just embed this Michael Jordan “Become Legendary” commercial that’s in line with my mood right now:
What are you devoting your time and energy to become more consistent at?