Posts Tagged ‘Expertise’

In Defense of Tenacity

Jackie Chan speaking

Everyone has at least one favorite Jackie Chan movie. I have two: Drunken Master (1978) and Rush Hour (1998). My wife’s favorite is Shanghai Noon (2000), and I’m sure you can think of a ton of other films he’s been in. The thing about Jackie Chan is, he is a beast when it comes to output.…

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Just Because You’re Good At Something Doesn’t Mean You Can Be A Dick

Boys of all ages, including over-grown ones, often mistake technical abilities for the whole of intelligence. Possessing specialized information and narrow analytical skills, like playing complicated guitar riffs, building a tricked-out sports car, or humiliating an opponent in a vicious political debate, are perhaps the weakest measure of how “smart” a person may be.
 
At most, activities like these require opportunity and labor: first you see someone else shred on his guitar, then you get your own an axe and practice, practice, practice. Exposure, time, and effort: these are the requirements of becoming deeply knowledgeable and highly skilled in the technical sense…

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