A few years ago, I was doing a weekly ABC News segment.
One day, my producer asked me, “So how old are you?” I was 26 at the time.
“Aw, how cute,” she said.
That was weird. She was a 24-year-old Asian girl, so why would she call an older guy “cute?” It doesn’t make sense. She saw my quizzical look and said, “What? How old do you think I am?”
“You’re 24,” I told her. Duh.
She smiled. “I’m 34.”
On that day, I realized something profound: Asians never age.
So it was with great pleasure that I read an AP story about Asian people that’s remarkably related to what I write about on IWT every day.
How many people do you know that want the “simple” solution? It may not even work, but they prize simplicity over everything else. These are the kind of people who ask questions like, “What’s the ONE thing you’d recommend…”
HEY IDIOT. TOP PERFORMERS DON’T WANT TO KNOW “ONE” THING. THEY WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING. BY ASKING FOR THE ONE THING, YOU HAVE JUST RAISED YOUR HAND AND BASICALLY TOLD EVERYONE, “I’M A LOSER AND I’M NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE USELESS ANSWER YOU’RE ABOUT TO GIVE ME, WHICH BY THE WAY IS USELESS BECAUSE I ASKED A USELESS QUESTION.”
Back to the article. It turns out that Koreans totally dominate the field of archery, so Americans have been crazily trying to get Korean coaches — any Korean!! — to coach their teams.
“The ‘must-have’ item for medal hunting archers at the 2012 London Games, Korean coaches have become a necessity rather than a luxury with the United States, Malaysia, Brazil and the Philippines among the countries paying for their expertise.
The clamour for their services is understandable — South Korean archers have won 30 Olympic medals, 16 of them gold, and hold every world record with the Olympic-style recurve bow.”
Why though? What do Korean instructors do that Americans don’t?
“Rabska said South Korean archery students continued to practise the most basic elements until they had perfected the technique and biomechanics.
“Those kids have six months intensive training before they shoot their first arrow.”
The approach in the West is much more direct. And much less successful.
“What we often tend to do in the West is just stick a bow in their hand right away and then spend the rest of the time trying to break bad habits,” added Rabska, who coached and worked closely with Lee at USA Archery.”
This is similar to so many things in our culture: Just get started! (Which is not always good advice.) Give me the one thing to do! What are some crunchy tactical tips??
Oh, you want me to learn about strategy? Hold on mister. You’re saying I need to take time — months, sometimes years — to perfect my craft? No! Get out of my way! Give me the life hacks so I can do it today!!
“You know, practise doesn’t make perfect. Practise makes permanent. The more you practise the wrong things, the more you lay on the hard drive and the harder it is to get rid of it.”
The Korean approach demands such sacrifice that it will not work with some athletes or sporting cultures. Some want immediate gratification in the form of medals or championships instead of long-term, long-lasting success.”
God I love Asians — and not just because they don’t age. Because they actually understand that extraordinary accomplishment comes from extraordinary work.
In a classic move, Americans completely miss the point of building deep expertise, creating long-term habits, and truly crafting mastery.
“Some countries were so desperate for the Korean archery magic dust they hired South Korean coaches — but from different sports, said Rabska.
“It’s unbelievable,” he laughed. “I won’t mention any team names but they are horrific as far as technique is concerned, with no understanding of the biomechanics of archery.
“It was like: ‘We need a Korean coach. Hey, there’s someone looking for a job from wrestling. Fantastic, we got a Korean coach!”
Yes, that’s right. They just hired a random Korean person hoping their Koreanness rub off on them. At least when we start seeing white guys playing cards, drinking, and singing Karoke on Christmas, we’ll know why.
This reflects everything that’s wrong with Americans in general, and in particular all the moronic people who want SUPER TACTICAL TIPS without understanding any strategy or the systems that support it.
I’ve written about this before, when I covered how I traveled for 3 weeks and made passive income. It’s why I insist that my students go through deep theoretical training when they take my courses. Then — and only then — do I give them my tested scripts and tactics. Only when they’re ready to handle them ethically.
If you find yourself searching for tactic after tactic, take an honest look in the mirror. How is that working out for you? Is it worth clicking to 50 new blogs every day to try to find that new productivity app?
Or is there perhaps something deeper beneath the surface? Something that your internet marketing friends don’t talk about? Something about not just HOW to do something well….but WHAT to do in the first place to live a rich life?
To put it bluntly, I could give you my most powerful tactics on negotiation, earning more, automation, and psychology, but if you don’t have the strategy and systems to use them, they will fail.
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Or not. I don’t care. I’m going to get some food.