About John Black

Currently interested in art, computing, management, social media, games, science, politics, music, animation, internet, business, flow, dance, running, parenting - but it changes often.

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  • John shared from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
    As for so many other grit paragons, the common metaphor of passion as fireworks doesn’t make sense when you think of what passion means to Jeff Gettleman. Fireworks erupt in a blaze of glory but quickly fizzle, leaving just wisps of smoke and a memory of what was once spectacular. What Jeff’s journey suggests instead is passion as a compass—that thing that takes you some time to build, tinker with, and finally get right, and that then guides you on your long and winding road to where, ultimately, you want to be.
    Note: Think of passion as a compass not as fireworks. From "Grit" by Angela Duckworth.
  • John shared from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
    What Jeff’s journey suggests instead is passion as a compass—that thing that takes you some time to build, tinker with, and finally get right, and that then guides you on your long and winding road to where, ultimately, you want to be.
    Note: Think of passion as a compass, not as fireworks - from "Grit" by Amy Duckworth
  • John shared from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
    “Yes, but the main thing is that greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable.” Dan’s point is that if you had a time-lapse film of the hours and days and weeks and years that produced excellence, you could see what he saw: that a high level of performance is, in fact, an accretion of mundane acts.
    Note: "..the..thing is.. greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats..each one doable."
  • John shared from Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
    Dan Chambliss, the sociologist who completed the study, observed: “Superlative performance is really a confluence of dozens of small skills or activities, each one learned or stumbled upon, which have been carefully drilled into habit and then are fitted together in a synthesized whole.
    Note: Superlative performance is..dozens of small skills..carefully drilled into habit..fitted together...
  • John shared from Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
    Deliberate practice is for everyone who dreams. It’s for anyone who wants to learn how to draw, to write computer code, to juggle, to play the saxophone, to pen “the Great American Novel.” It’s for everyone who wants to improve their poker game, their softball skills, their salesmanship, their singing. It’s for all those people who want to take control of their lives and create their own potential and not buy into the idea that this right here, right now, is as good as it gets.
    Note: #deliberatepractice
(Charlottesville, VA)
John Black
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