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Episode Info: Over on the random thought part of the podcast, we hear about Carrie being passive-aggressive at the campground bathroom, Shaun sing, and random people at Smokey’s Barbecue and Lobster. But here is the more intellectual stuff. Um. Slightly more intellectual stuff? This guy Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book Outliers and in it he outlines his belief that if you practice something for 10,000 hours and do that in a deliberate way, then you’ll become a top performer. Who are the outliers? They are the best and the brightest.  We don’t want you to freak out over that 10,000 hours bit because that’s like saying, “Hey Shaun, I know you can’t run more than 60 seconds right now, but this Friday you’re going to run for 93 minutes.” Spoiler alert: Shaun ran for 93-minutes straight on Friday. Carrie did too. Anyway, this guy named Danny Forest who writes on Medium breaks it down to something that feels a bit more doable. He says that he can learn soft skills in about eight hours and breaks it into working 30 minutes each day on those skills.  That seems a lot better than 10,000 hours, right? There’s a difference between competence and brilliance, but that half-hour concentrated focus is how so many of us build our skills. Even dogs.  So, inspired by Mr. Forest, the Farrar has three things he wants to learn:  Make movies on Adobe PremiereSpanishStained glass stuffHow to be a better parentAnd Carrie also made a list: Make movies on Adobe PremiereMake felted paintingsHow to self publishHow to drawHow to write travel storiesHow to be Anthony BoudrainSpanishHow to cook in the French style, but also to make kick-butt saltanas and samosas and all things in pockets, basically.What do you want to learn? To do? For writing, focusing on writing or reading about writing for a half hour a day is really an essential tip to becoming a better storyteller. You see that advice everywhere and you see other people countering that advice saying to ‘ignore all advice,’ which is also actually advice.  Yes, do your own thing and do what works for you. That should be obvious. But don’t forget that you can’t become a brilliant guitar player if you’ve never picked up a guitar. You have to put in the time.  Writing Tip of the Pod Practice what you want to be good at. Do it in small bites. You’ve got this. Dog Tip for Life Dogs are good at sleeping and practicing that. Be like a dog. SHOUT OUT The music we’ve clipped and shortened in this podcast is awesome and is made available through the Creative Commons License. Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song?  It’s “Night Owl” by Broke For Free. WRITING NEWS IN THE WOODS – READ AN EXCERPT, ORDER NOW! My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out! Gasp!  It’s with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an ex...
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