after yesterday, I had to think about all the coaches and bosses I had. their job was to take whatever talent was at almost a stratified level, much like the size of shows…there seemed to be strata’s with clubs, the under 1,500 seats 5,000, then 10-20,000 arena, and then there were more arena tours and festivals and interchanging bands on a stage with massive crowds of hundreds of thousands of people.
the same can be said about athletes, where it was a limited number of slots and a limited number of quality talents that rose up. my question today was not, “how do you train a high-performance athlete, or someone motivated with a dream.” it is more about “how do you take anyone, wherever they are, and make them the best they can be?”
I keep thinking about my friends Ph.D. dissertation about “coaching the coach, and/or teaching the teacher.” and wondering what is the best way for systemic change to come into people and places where the idea of education has changed dramatically from a humanistic side. knowledge and information are abundant to everyone. I guess the question is over time, how do you bring the social construct of people who bond together in polarized clusters back together for the betterment of all?
as I type, I know there is a deeper question I am trying to dig down to, call it the root issue. it is made complicated as we are automating so much of what a human used to do with agriculture, and then on the humanistic side, I am seeing sensory environments popping up like we did in the lab 25 years ago, where I learned, “cool stuff, easy to manipulate and steer emotions….great for entertainment, but this will all go mainstream and not be too great for human beings – being human. it will allow clusters of experts to all agree with each other, yet, anything outside of that cluster will seem to have to overcome the very issues we have in public with anything that is different today.
I have to look up where Danah Boyd is today? probably heading some research group, as I would like to get 30 minutes of time to run by what all the largest Augmanity meets humanity and spaces does, and we would like it to do…hmm...
another digression – part of my problem is that I am not a good teacher. the reason is I was always better at making or doing. they why and how? you can take the time to formulate and explain to someone else, yet, it requires taking that closed brain thinking, of which, it simply slows you down from your normal spatial path, to get on a linear path. it is similar to going from a meditative of prayer state, or a moment where you are alone in nature and realize there is some other elements going on – then when you come among other people, the demands of time and obligations of “stuff” that the world values so much…well…it causes some turbulence in the brain going between the states.
is it healthy to live all in either states? I don’t think in the long term it probably is, but it is far more productive when you learn to do both. it is like altered states. I just found some old burning man slides (yea, it was a long time ago when I went) and I was the odd guy, never did or was offered drugs, yet, I found so many powerful folks in silicon valley ingesting psychedelics and other substances to go to a different perspective and space. truth be told, It was at burning man where I had an amazing experience by pedaling a bike 30 minutes out into the middle of the playa and stopping, sitting, and waiting.
we could have a great conversation between the idea of empathogens and the “sit and wait” methodologies. one produces something that does alter your perspective, the other has the ability to change yourself to the core. the choice is “which one do you wish to grow into?”
if you bring a highly motivated person in – it is easy to help them grow, as they work, try, keep going. what I see with many people on the planet, is if they fail on the first attempt they give up and quit.
I think I have the answer to the question that I could not get to 8 minutes ago.
“how do you teach the teacher to get the people they are teaching that to grow will take time, effort, resources and the room to fail (without fear from a legalistic rulebook where education has gone the way of medicine with rules and regulations)”
there was a young lad in the gym yesterday in undergrad, asking what I thought about cryptocurrencies/blockchain tech. as we talked, I asked questions and found he was in accounting at the local university and “hated” it.
“did you choose your major? or did someone else tell you that you needed a good steady degree to fall back on because in life you need security?”
surprised, he responded, “yeah, my dad told me to do accounting or a science-based theme…but I am really bad with higher math.”
“based on this short interaction of time, I can tell you that you probably will hate accounting, your personality is not cut out for it. you might want to throw some finance and business courses into your path….and if you really want to learn about cryptocurrency…get on a plane and go to crypto valley in Zug, Switzerland. right now it is all happening there.”
“what do you think of bitcoin?”
“I think it is a bit like tulip mania in the 1600’s. but I can see where the technology will reshape how companies finance and work to take a direct path to consumers. this is where I think the banks are lining up, as they all want the transactional fees for themselves. it will all change the marketplace until the reality of what a quantum computer is for the masses when it comes along.”
“crypto-valley…thanks, I never heard of it”
I had to smile, accounting is complicated, ever-changing, and filled with special interest groups influences. it also is about the past. I really suck at it. but if you work with today and the ideas of the future, I am fine there. I don’t see this young man ever being happy with accounting. it will be a stepping stone – but not for more accounting.
what I am curious about in this world is how to you break through the limits of regulations inside the market/company/society and allow the freedom to play and learn new things – not because you are forcing someone to get another degree or certificate – but you are allowing them to think and respond with internal motivation, not matter how goofy the system gets.
if anyone reading this has ideas for what I am really thinking about (I am sifting right now) please feel free to connect and chat about it. the problem is like my friend with physical therapy. they look at clients in amazement. “my best clients are the ones that technically should be dead with their accidents. they don’t complain, show up, work hard….meanwhile the guy with a minor injury. For whatever reason…almost doesn’t seem to want to ever get better. I don’t know why?”