You ever just realize something so big, that you just have to sit and write it all down at once? Just to get it on a page where you can then try to process it again? I'm having one of those... Will try to summarize it all for you later.

ok, I can process it now.... I've been reading all these overviews of productivity books analyzing artists and inventors etc. and they all focus on the productivity tools. They all focus on the 10,000+ hrs to mastery. They all think that people can only master 1-3 things in their lifetimes and nothing more. That the genius or 'renaissance man' was essentially something of the past.And it got me thinking...

That just can't be true! So I looked over them again and they kept bringing up Leonardo da Vinci and this one guy who just mastered nearly everything and they couldn't figure out how he did it. So they focused on his journals (his productivity system). But then it hit me... All these people have been told in their lifetime that they can get more done if only they put more work into what they are doing and if they are organized enough...

Then I remembered that whole analogy or whatever of the 3 legged stool standing for a well rounded person etc. I see where they got their assumptions. But... When I looked at da Vinci's work, that's not what I saw. I saw something like the picture I'm gonna attach here.

That's not a stool. Leonardo da Vinci had interests that spanned sports, engineering, anatomy and art. Just to go into specifics... What does that all have in common?


Body Mechanics>Sports>Anatomy>Engineering>Drafting>Art

They're interconnected only in the fact that they revolved around one another with a core interest. The productivity sytem, the skills? That's just the bolts holding it all together.

If that's true, da Vinci didn't have to spend 10,000+ hours to master each thing. He spent all of his time mastering one. The rest came from it or were tools learned to become more efficient.

So, really. Almost all that productivity stuff is bullshit. As long as you know what tools for learning work for you and you know what your core interest is. You could be a da Vinci too.


That's it. That's was my huge realization of 2022. I probably won't get another one but I'm glad I figured this one out.

It was never about a field, a job, etc. it's about that one little core thing that keeps dictating all your interests. It might be so small you don't even realize it... But it's there and that is essentially what you have to focus on to be really amazing at something.

It makes me wonder... What other people we label genius could really have been good at. Would Beethoven have been good at math or chess in addition to music? Would it have helped him create more interesting pieces? Or is there a division between those who interlink interests through mastery of a core concept and those who dedicate themselves to a single field?

@RadioAngel Bob Ross said "talent is a pursued interest." I believe that

@RadioAngel I see a lot of it as being about the realization that expertise is just a do-the-thing away. Too many times in the last year I've found out about people who trained to olympic level fitness, on the side, within a span of a few years. Or performed similar feats of skill attainment, again, just by utterly doing it. The idea that we get one in a life... how could that be? how? Lives are so long. Even before the composition effect, and how glorious it is, but even if it took the full learning for each, a life is so long. Yet as you point out, they compound and build upon each other and are all one thing, so the possibility is even greater.

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