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PEAK…Anders Ericsson (part 3)

    DELIBERATE PRACTICE is the gold standard, the ideal to which anyone learning a skill should aspire. To become excellent, in whatever discipline, requires several thousand hours of practice. There are no shortcuts and no “prodigies” who reached an expert level with relatively little practice. Anyone who wishes to […]

PEAK…Anders Ericsson (part 2)

    Much of DELIBERATE PRACTICE involves developing ever more efficient MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS that you can use in whatever activity you are practicing. A MENTAL REPRESENTATION is a mental structure that corresponds to a collection of information, or anything else that the brain is thinking about. A simple example is […]

PEAK – Anders Ericsson (Part One)

    We can create our own potential. The brain is adaptable, and training can create skills. DELIBERATE PRACTICE remains the gold standard for anyone in any field who wishes to take advantage of the gift of adaptability in order to build new skills and abilities. We have far more […]


    We forgot WHY we are making fragrances. Years ago we sold dreams, emotions and experiences, today we sell fragrances to make money. We should be making fragrances to communicate to the soul of the individual, as we did in the past. Making money can and should be the […]


    All work creative or not is based on the help from others. They may be colleagues, mentors, teachers or casual observation of work from others that contributed to your work today. T.S. Eliot said, ”Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.” Bob Dylan described his creative process as one […]


    Anders Ericsson has reminded us of the value of hard work. The psychologist did the research that led to the so-called 10,000-hour rule (deliberate practice). He downplays the importance of native-born genius, such as people as Mozart. He emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice—painstaking exercises to perfect some […]


    In the pursuit of elegance Mathew May has said, “how elegant if we can improve our thought process by learning how to stop thinking.” Elegance is acquired by leaving out the right things. Humans are natural born adders, that is why elegance being subtractive is elusive. Our addiction […]


  The theme is the need to replenish yourself and others. If the well is not taken care of it can dry up and be of no use to others. To replenish others you must support them and give them room to flourish. Be of help to others. Create an […]

THE RISE…Sarah Lewis

THE RISE —-Creativity, the gift of failure and the search for mastery-     Sarah Lewis   Mastery requires endurance.  Mastery is also not the same as success.  Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved line, a constant pursuit. Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. […]