Blogging takes me more time

When I was 12 years old, I had been taking piano lessons for six years.  I was still playing at an early intermediate level.  My parents, finally wearied of nagging me to practice each day.  They allowed me to quit.  “He must have other strengths,” they said.
Why did I make no progress?  Many years later I learned the reason.  I wasn’t lazy.  I wasn’t stupid.  I had a learning disability which prevented me from gaining traction.
Today I cannot play the piano.  I wasted six years.
But it was not a waste.  I learned about myself.  And I can still read music when I sing.

Also, I have ADHD.  Severe ADHD.  And a few other brain issues.  So writing a blog post sounds like this:

“Today’s topic—-what should I eat for lunch?——the topic is important—-—maybe a sandwich——-so, as I was starting to say——peanut butter or humus——-What is today’s weather———I’m going to try this later.  Wait. . . humus on a sandwich?”

The process takes a long time.

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Should I eat blueberries as brain food?

Not a big problem.  To create, everyone must spend more time and energy than expected.  I might take a little longer than some people, but I am able to overcome my disabilities and eventually create.  I might I have other strengths which enhance the finished product.

ADHD people are like David Banner and the Incredible Hulk.  You know you have a superpower, but you cannot rely on when it will be available.  You might need your creative abilities during a brainstorming session or when sitting down to design.  But the Hulk might stay dormant.  The late that night, when it is time to sleep, creativity forces explode. 

Do you have weaknesses that must be overcome before you can create?  Feel free to share with me.  One strategy: focus on building your strengths first.

 


What are you trying to learn?  What are your struggles?  What issues would you like me to address?  How exactly can I help you?  I would like to hear from you.  Either leave a comment, or confidentially contact me at Brock@BrockStout.org.

The Future is Bright. Again.

33827D53-A51E-47E3-BAD5-445E75CBB4B7In 1976, my school teacher said the world was past Peak Oil.  She said I would never obtain a drivers license, because no cars would exist.  Petroleum would be too scarce.

The world was ending!

So I gathered all my money from delivering newspapers.  I invested it all in bicycle parts and repair tools.  I bought wrenches, a wheel spoke tightener, a chain repair kit, and a pile of spare parts.  I hoarded.  I prepared for the world collapse.

0037A3CC-0147-4AFE-A607-E08C61928310But we found more dead dinosaurs.  We have burned gazillions of barrels since then. And the known reserves are far greater today than in 1976.  We were saved by a MIRACLE.

The world ended again in 1997 (currency crises), 2000 (Y2K), and in 2008 (mortgage crisis).  Each time I bought extra food and toilet paper.  But miracles occurred.  New futures arose.


The world today is messed up.  Almost every developed country is insolvent. Governments falsify statistics to justify more invasive policies.  The foundations of ethics and morality are crumbling.  A cycle of violence might be starting, similar to the one that started early in the 20th century.  The world is ending!  Again.

I choose to believe in miracles, because I have seen them so many times.  I believe that if we are good and wise, another miracle will rescue us.  I choose optimism over gloom.

What’s the most important thing you can learn?

Hot air balloon over landscape of Bagan, Myanmar.

I have been studying human performance for a very long time.  I hold a PhD in human capital development.  This blog’s purpose is to encourage you to teach yourself to be successful.  Various topics are covered.  But what is the most important thing you can teach yourself?

That thing is a different thing for each person.  What is yours?

Please message me.  I will research topics for you.


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Can YOU change the world?

Did a teacher ever make you feel ashamed?  Did anyone ever tell you to “just get motivated,” so you could learn faster, or pay attention better?

Steven SpielbergStephen Spielberg was a lazy student. At least that’s what his teachers thought.  In reality, he had dyslexia.

He took two years longer than his peers to learn to read.  He was bullied throughout his school career. He was not diagnosed until he was 60.

In an interview, he explained how he succeeded.  Through his art, however, he was able to push aside the shame.

Spielberg changed the way movies are made.  He found a way to either ignore his barrier, or to make it into a strength.  You can do the same thing.

Well-meaning parents, teachers, and bosses try to motivate people with learning disabilities in order to motivate them.  Because people can focus better if the alternative is crushed morale, they reason.  You can forget about all those incidences in the past, and look forward.  You can create like Spielberg did.  Stay tuned to this channel.


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Stop Killing Creativity

61E86D67-40F3-4C26-82BF-62C083FCD170Korea is being crushed between low-cost countries, and high-cost-but-innovative countries.  If Korea is to survive as a First World country, it must become more creative.  Korea must become the Finland of Asia.

I spent some time in Korea this week, searching for creativity examples.  I’ll share some examples in the future, because Korea is full of amazing people.  I will remark here about two socio-cultural opportunities for Korea to improve.


#1: Nourish Creativity

I worked for three years in Korea’s technology research capitol, Daejeon.  Samsung, LG, and other tech firms develop new technology alongside university and governmental research facilities.  While living in Korea, I often heard the complaint that Korea “needs to be more creative.”

I disagree.  I believe that Koreans are very creative.  Korea is a world leader in patent registration.  But I have a theory, based on a few data points.

I postulate that Koreans excel in creative potential, based on the neuroscientist’s view of creativity: when the brain needs to understand something new or to solve a new problem, it accesses memories.  Because Koreans study so much, they have more data to access for solving problems.

However, once creative young people graduate and join companies, their ideas are crushed.  In the strict top-down management style of the culture, only the boss has good ideas, and subordinates follow.  Young people stop proposing ideas after they are crushed a few times.

If young Koreans were able to propose ideas and act on them, their creativity muscles would grow rather than shrink.  And companies would greatly benefit.


#2: Look to the future, not the past

Stoking resentment against certain ethnic groups or social classes by those with power agendas is not confined to Korea.  It was the basis of both Marxism/Leninism and National Socialism, which both seem to be resurging rather than shrinking.  Korea has their own version: hating Japan.

“I love Japanese, but I hate Japan,” I often hear Koreans say.

My advice to Korea and to everyone in the world: turn away from hatred.  A few individuals seem to benefit when they make others angry against Japan for their behavior during the colonial era.  Many Japanese soldiers mistreated Korea, like the Mongols and soldiers in some Chinese dynasties.  But no one stages anti-Mongolian rallies in Korea.  I suppose the memory is more vivid because the Japanese colonial era is more recent.  But Japan has also assisted Korea’s economy in many ways.  Along with the U.S., they funded corporate growth.  They also built crucial infrastructure.

Misbehavior should never be excused.  But looking to the future is more beneficial than ruminating on the past.  Fueling resentment for ancient misdeeds does not build a glorious future.  Please let the wounds heal, and move forward.


Korea is just an example here for all of us.  Many people in the world are caught in hate cycles, either because someone earns more money or because someone is an outsider.  Everyone in the world needs to change in two ways:

1. You are ignoring an important source of creative ideas.

2. You resent someone or something, and that resentment is a creativity block.


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