A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets To Grit And Resilience

Eigentlich einfach. Und wenn es nicht einfach ist, dann ist es zu ernst.

1)Purpose and meaning. It’s easier to be persistent when what we’re
doing is tied to something personally meaningful.
2)Make it a game. It’s the best way to stay in a competitive mindset
without stressing yourself out.
3)Be confident — but realistic. See the challenges honestly but
believe in your own ability to take them on.
4)Prepare, prepare, prepare. Grit comes a lot easier when you’ve
done the work to make sure you’re ready.
5)Focus on improvement. Every SEAL mission ends with a debrief
focusing on what went wrong so they can improve.
6)Give help and get help. Support from others helps keep you going,
and giving others support does the same.
7)Celebrate small wins. You can’t wait to catch the big fish. Take
joy where you can find it when good times are scarce.
8)Find a way to laugh. Rangers, SEALs, and scientists agree: a
chuckle can help you cope with stress and keep you going.


7 Lessons I learnt by interviewing over 40 successful language learners in less than a year.

1. Don’t focus on the method

Immer wieder taucht die Frage nach dem „Trick“, dem Supershortcut, dem
Übersystem auf. Gerade im Jazz mit der Überfülle an Scalen, Voicings etc.
Just learn it, kann ich nach Jahrzehnten bloss sagen. Just learn it. Keine

2. Be consistent

Jo. Jeden Tag. Oder zumindest jeden Tag, an dem Du isst. Und nicht von
allem etwas sondern große Mesablöcke. Wochen, manchmal Monate. Manche
Topics verfolgen einen Jahre. „Amateurs practice something until they get
it right. Professionals practice something until they cant get it wrong.“

3. Have confidence

Ohne den Glauben das man das schaffen kann sinnlos. Klar.

4. Don’t rush it

Eile mit Weile. Festima lente.

5. Seek out like-minded people

Als Rocker unter Jazzern hat man die falsche Lernkultur. Und umgekehrt.

6. Focus, focus, focus

Was sonst? Abschweifen de Luxe?

7. Have fun

Wenn mans nicht mag, beisst man sich nicht jahrelang durch etwas durch.

Easy, huh?

7 Lessons I learnt by interviewing over 40 successful language learners in
less than a year.


Supplemental Memory

Notizen machen. Wiederholen. Geschichte. Schreiben.

Jonathan Swift’s A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet:

A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that ‘great wits have short memories:‘ and whereas, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort, is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation. There you enter not only your own original thoughts, (which, a hundred to one, are few and insignificant) but such of other men as you think fit to make your own, by entering them there.


January 4, 2015: Warning, or False Alarm: Why Safety Professionals See Near Misses Differently than Everybody Else

„When you do something that might have caused an accident but doesn’t,
there are two ways to interpret the near miss: as a warning that you should
be more careful, or as evidence that the behavior in question is actually
pretty safe. Safety professionals tend toward the first interpretation;
everybody else favors the second. „