Deliberate practice

I recently read the book So Good That They Can’t Ignore You. In it the author touches on a concept called deliberate practice, which is a learning method used to become really good at a skill or discipline.

I first heard about deliberate practice in the book Talent is Overrated a few years ago. I’ve always been interested in this concept as I have several skills in my life that I’m constantly looking to improve. In this post I talk about what I think are some approaches to good, result-wielding practice, using one of my favourite hobbies, jazz bass, as an example. My hope is that you can use these tips and apply them in the skill that you are looking to level up.

Book Goals (mid-2017 update)

One of my goals for this year that I mentioned in my 2016 postmortem was to get back into reading. I failed miserably at this last year so I decided to challenge myself to read at least one book a month. I’ve been doing pretty good on this, and I wanted to share some of the books that I’ve read so far.

BJJ is life

Every now and then I get insanely addicted to a hobby. Past examples include Magic: the Gathering, soccer, various instruments… the list goes on. My latest addiction is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). I started training back in September and have been hooked ever since.

basically me getting wrecked on the regular

Me getting wrecked at BJJ

I’ve been training 3 to 5 times a week and I honestly can’t stop thinking about it. I often find myself replaying techniques and past sparring sessions in my head. I do this when I’m on the train, when I space out at work meetings, and even when I’m trying to sleep. It doesn’t help that I have two coworkers (who are brown and black belts, respectively) that train me weekly and help me figure out why I get my ass submitted so easily.

An unexpected friendship

Back in April of last year I went to Japan and Vancouver with my good friend Gary. The trip involved many great moments like snowboarding in Niseko and Whistler, partying in Tokyo, and discovering new cities in northern Japan.

Snowboarding in beautiful Niseko, Hokkaido

But my favourite moment from the trip was unexpectedly making friends with an elderly couple.

2016 Postmortem

2016 is quickly coming to an end, and overall it was a great year for personal growth. In this post I share some of my biggest wins and things I want to do more of next year.

Lessons from moving

It’s already been about two months since I moved to Montreal, and I’ve learned a lot about myself during this time. In this post I share some things I’ve learned after moving to a new city for the first time.

Noobow: 1995-1997

Recently I was packing for my move to Montreal and I came across a stack of comics that I had drawn from 1995 to approximately 1997.

Noobow comic

Noobow: episode 1 of 57.

Adios, Ottawa

Pretty soon I’ll be saying goodbye to Ottawa and moving to my new home: Montreal.

fairmount

The Leafs finish last in the league, but I couldn’t be more excited

Last night the Leafs lost to the New Jersey Devils, clinching the last place position in the league. You may be thinking “lol typical Leafs, such a crap team”. True, they finished last place in the league with an abysmal 29-42-11 record, but for me this has been the most exciting season to watch the Leafs.

Talkin’ bout Grunt @ CodePen Ottawa

Grunt Talk

Photo cred: @dfmcphee

The other night I did a little talk about Grunt JS at the Ottawa Codepen Meetup. I’ve been using Grunt for some personal projects (including this blog) and fell in love with how easy it is to set up and how much time it’s saved me. If you haven’t used Grunt before, I’d recommend checking out Chris Coyier’s “getting started” article here.

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