Recently, in suggested videos on youtube, I came across Robert Greene’s TEDx Brixton talk on “transforming oneself”. Greene shares with us the transformation he underwent in his life, all that endurance and words of others as heavy as punches on one’s face and then managed to write 48 Laws of Power in 1998 that became a bestseller eventually.
In the video, Greene discusses creative process and that Dr. Anders Ericsson’s 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice otherwise celebrated by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.
Greene emphasise on power, patience, social intelligence, self-intelligence and acute realism. He is a very calm speaker or perhaps intended to be for the occasion. He urges one to delude the illusion of someone’s success that is often termed as “got lucky”. Instead of grasping these illusions, one must focus on the development of habits, accumulation of knowledge, and ability to be unaffected by the criticism. We should not ignore the these deep in nature aspects in order to change ourselves for betterment.
If we ignore those deep aspects, we will become inmates of the cycle which recurs after a very short period of time.
The answer, the key to the ability to transform ourselves is actually, insanely simple. Stop fixating on what other people are saying to doing, on the money and other outward appearance of things. Instead, look inward. Focus on the smaller, internal changes that they lay the groundwork for a larger change in fortune. It is the difference between grasping an allusion and immersing yourself in reality. And reality is the what will liberate and transform you.
Greene then discusses an individual’s fundamental uniqueness through an activity and how its charm is lost when one starts to age and is harmful for one’s own conscience as one depends on what others have to say more than what is on his mind. He tips on how to start reflecting back on the unique fundamental activity and create a framework to explore and an acquiring an increasing number of skills. Obstacles and mistakes are part and what cultivate our experiences. This helps in making our weaknesses our strengths. To gather skills with the ones we already have is a key to transform yourself. Thus,
In any event, the goal that you are after is learning and the acquisition of skills and not a fat pay check.