Smaug the Grandmaster [Sherlock the Maestro]

Smaug the Grandmaster [Sherlock the Maestro]

What are your expert skills? Now and in the future? What will you spend your days on mastering? As you can see, this is an area that I’m very interested in. I will now give you a run-through about how you can become a Master of your own life, skills and passions. What insights can Sherlock Holmes, Smaug and Tauriel give us on the quest of living? — Life can be made more social. We can have more intent in our thoughts and actions. The Brain is the most astonishing invention of the Universe. Start treating it with the Awe it inspires and it will start giving back to you. Life is about making a flourishing society here on Planet Earth and we can become skilled experts in helping it along. Below I will give my thoughts on the subject. Do share your thoughts too below, in the comments or find me at my next social event and discuss it. 

Here be Dragons!

Becoming a Master Expert [Skill Up Your Life]

Smaug the Grandmaster

Smaug the Grandmaster – Greed-King Unparalleled and Death-Dealer Extraordinaire 

We all now that it takes time to master a skill. And Malcolm Gladwell’s 10.000 hour rule is jet an arbitrary number for becoming an Expert. Some take less and some take more. I went and saw The Grandmaster last year and it certainly takes more than 10.000 hours of training to become a Grandmaster let alone a Master in Kung Fu. Yet if you break down any skill in small pieces you can become a novice in every skill-piece in just 20 hours according to Josh Kaufman.

So I went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or as I will call it The Hobbit: Grandmagistra Tauriel & Grandmaster Smaug. What did I think of the Movie? On a personal level this an awesome movie. The best Visual Movie I’ve seen. The fairy tale feeling is nothing short of a masterpiece. You are actually there with them in Midgard. Witch brings me to my first observation:

The Master Team [Together We Can Build Everything Ever]

To make a movie like this and the first trilogy you not only need a super team of experts and masters in each and every skill required. When you put them all together in the right teams you create something more than the sum of the whole. The emerging outputs of such a creative teams is just amazing. No-one can argue against that. In-movie wise we have the Dwarfs. What they have created in Erebor is also a fictional masterpiece of engineering. When lead by a strong vision where everyone has put their heart into their own master craft, there is no limit to what we can create together.

That’s why I’m advocating using storytelling so much to help shape the future into what we want it to be. Soap Operas and Reality TV maybe great ways to stimulate our unquenchable thirst of our social brains to get more social stimuli? But when it comes to building common visions for our future, not so much. Then we need stories with a lot more philosophical thoughts going into them.

Then we have the fictional Master teams as well. From Tauriel and Legolas in the The Hobbit to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in Sherlock. Both connected through Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

“When your art fails, make better art”
“It’s never too late to redefine self-control, to change long-ingrained habits, and to do the work you’re capable of”
Seth Godin

So why does it take more than just the 10 000 hours, to become great at something? If it was easy everyone would make Masterpieces like this. And even this movie I find too lacking in its philosophical parts. How should we all get better in our trades? If we are to make better art like Seth Godin says we better get good at it. I will try to find out how.

Tauriel the Champion [What Is Time Well Spent?]

Tauriel

Grandmagistra Tauriel – Wicked Bow-Woman and World-Thinker Fantastique 

The stunts that Tauriel and Legolas pulls when fighting the Orcs in The Hobbit is very spectacular indeed. But when you think about it, what a human grandmaster learns in 40 years of training, is nothing compared to how much training a 600 year old Elf must have. Lets say 4 hours a day and it will be something around 200 000 hours. Then you’re expected to be able to do the stunts they are doing without even blinking twice. They are able to become true champions of any craft or art of their choosing. And who wouldn’t want that? Do you?

Groundhog Day [Punxsutawney Phil]

What about Phil in Groundhog Day? How long does it take him to master all the skills in the end? Harold Ramis responds to a calculation by saying he spends at least 30 to 40 years in the Groundhog-verse.

Rita: It would take a year to get good at this.
Phil: No. Six months. Four to five hours a day and you’d be an expert.
Rita: Is this what you do with eternity? – Groundhog Day

So what is time well spent? Who are we to judge what skills are worth spending a lifetime on nourishing. What are the jury saying about becoming an expert in anything other than a traditional craft? And what skills should you devote an entire lifetime on to become a master and eventually a Grandmaster [Grandmagistra] in?

Mad Passions [Sample Your Skills]

Just practicing a skill over and over ain’t gonna cut it either. Yes for you to master a skill you will need to have a passion for it or develop a passion for it along the way. And passion alone is not going to cut it either. Cal Newport gives a great speech about it here: “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice. He is just putting a spin on it. Of course it’s great to have one or many passions. But in order for you to become an expert you need to have the knack for it as well or you will be fighting a very uphill battle.

So how does this help you and me? For one thing if we are to become masters of our craft and art we there is probably not too many shortcuts around the hours put in. Practice makes perfect, and perfect practice makes you even more perfect. Then it becomes even more important what you pick to master. No, the agony. What should I master? Here trying many small skills and learning them in just 20 hours can come very handy. You need to sample many skills and passions to find some that fits in both camps. Either a passion that you may seem yo have the knack for or a talent that you can begin to love.

You should try to sample many skills. It’s very helping and insightful and it gives you a better perspective on the whole spectrum of human endeavor. On the road to mastery do explore many branches in your skill tree. Should you find yourself on a dead-end you can easily go back and follow another branch.

Does that mean that there is both a long and a shorter road to mastery? It probably does. With the right focus and learning-techniques you can learn a skill or a craft much faster. Leaving room over for other skills to learn as well or becoming even better at something. Also worth taking into considerations when learning something is this pillars I will talk about in a coming blog-post: Mental Condition, Technique, Motivation, Social Setting and Fun.

Some people will always need help. That doesn’t mean they are not worth helping – Meera Reed, Game of Thrones

But don’t be afraid of cultivating some mad passions that you posses. As long as they are not to harmful they may do you and society some good. We are in such of dire need of more originals in the world. Serendipity may take you a long way. Just try to be mindful of what you are doing and keep and open dialogue about it with yourself and maybe a mentor or two.

Take deep breath and take a sip of your favourite beverage.
Look yourself in the mirror…
Then comment and narrate your own thoughts and actions out loud. — Lord Sillion

Because most of us should not be left alone to our own devices going blind into the future. We are all in dire need of social coaching within our various tribes that we belong to. Try asking for help when choosing what path you should trod down and what skills and passions you should follow. And DO sidestep your predestined track. At least ask yourself when staring into the mirror: “Who am I and what am I doing?“. We can all use a little more self narration in our lives 🙂

How Do You Get A Rock’n’Roll Mind? [Start Rockin’ And Rolling It!]

Mad Genius Sherlock

Maestro Sherlock Holmes – Deduction Superhero and Self-Narrator Spectacular — John Watson – Friend Supreme

Dr. John Watson: Am I pretty?
Sherlock Holmes: Beauty is a construct based on childhood impressions, influences, and role models.

The great team behind Smaug and Bilbo fittingly began their Team building carer in Sherlock. The breathtaking series from BBC about a modern Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock also being a kind of Master. From the evil mind of Smaug to the Master thinker Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch transforms them both into the pure essence of Storytelling Master Art. He also gives being smart a new rock’n’roll face. In episode 3 of season 3: His Last Vow we are even giving a wink of the connection between Sherlock and Smaug:

Sherlock: A dragon slayer. Is that what you think of me?
Mycroft: No. It’s what you think of yourself.

Mycroft: MI6. They want to place you back into Eastern Europe. An undercover assignment that will prove fatal to you in, I think, about six months.
Sherlock: Then why don’t you want me to take it?
Mycroft: It’s tempting. But on balance, you have more utility closer to home.
Sherlock: Utility. How do I have utility?
Mycroft: Here there be dragons.

Here be Dragons is the reference to: “To go on an unexplored quest into an unknown future”. An endeavor for the whole of the human race to embark upon. Killing myths and superstition with science and knowledge. Who will join me in the this quest to be Dragon slayers?

So how do you get a Rock’n’Roll mind?

When we then think about Robert Kegan’s thoughts about the Self-Transforming Mind. Then it becomes hard to grasp to what insights, an old Elf or an even older Dragon like Smaug, has to come to. Because a mind needs constant stimuli to become smarter. So what has all the slumbering done to Smaug? Not to mention that he spends his time in solitude. Maybe only Madness lies there. Is it no wonder that he likes the mind game with Bilbo so much?

I am almost tempted to let you take it, if only to watch Oakenshield suffer. Watch it destroy him, watch it corrupt his heart and drive him mad… But I think not. I think our little game ends here. So tell me, Thief, how do you choose to die? — Smaug

Elf and Dragon brains may also be different from our human brains. Then it’s easier for us to grasp “a mere mortal” like Sherlock Holmes. Although a little far-fetched we all find the mind of Sherlock Holmes very fascinating. He is a master in some areas but a novice in others. But he is still a human we can relate to despite of being a highly functional sociopath. That’s why he is the star and not his even smarter brother Mycroft. Par that with the humorous and thought-provoking story of Sherlock and it’s now wonder the series is such a hit. This is fiction at it’s best. It makes us feel, laugh and most importantly think about the world.

Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes – Political Master-Genius and Puppeteer Exquisitness

On top of all I discussed above we all also need intellectual stimulation, rest, exercise and a safe social environment to make our brains smarter. I will go into that in a coming post. To give you a heads up here is a teaser with Dan Hurley, in which he talks about: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Well it turns out you can in so many ways 🙂

Start Rocking and Rolling your mind. Give it a shake now and then. Change perspective to get another view of the world and yourself. And get your heart pumping and your blood rushing. It turns out your brain runs on blood filled with sugar and oxygen. Give someone a hug to get the Oxytocin flowing. Stare someone in the eye and give them praise. Connect socially with everyone around you.

Let us all challenge our minds and bodies to become smarter, better versions of ourselves!
Get a great coach or mentor. Narrate your own story out loud to yourself.
We can all become Grand Maestros of Life!

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Dragon Kung-Fu Ninja

Here be Dragons

Here be Dragons

Update:
Do take a look at Benedict Cumberbatch acting as Smaug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHuXSZv6Tqs

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Game of Life #Blogg100

#032 [XXXII]
How do you play? [What is a win in your life?]

Life is a game our brain plays from cradle to cradle. Within that game there are many smaller games that we play along the way. Let’s find out more about how I think the game is played. I call the game: The Great Masquerade. What does it take to “Win” in this game and life. Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Cersei

Doing storytelling together [The way it has always been]

Tonight I had some of my closest friends over for dinner. But that wasn’t the main event for the evening. Later where where going to see the season 3 premier of Game of Thrones together. This event has been eagerly awaited by millions of fans all over the world. It has been promoted, discussed, hyped and analyzed. Much of it is made possible now thanks through the power of Social Media. It’s a fantastic new world we are living in already. Where the spread of ideas and discussion of them now transcends most old world barriers. And we are seeing just the beginnings of what we humans are capable of building together.

But what what of the actual event? As much as we now have started doing things together over social media there is matching for the experience of doing things together in the flesh world. Where we can smell “The pig shit” on each others. It’s was like we used to do it in the old-old world. It is a classic storytelling event around the campfire. We where all watching and cheering like children together. And after the story came to and end we instantly wanted more and started to discuss it.

dragons

Here be Dragons [Or what do you wish for?]

What is so fascinating about Game of Thrones? Here is my take on it. It uses classic storytelling of protagonists and antagonists. But just when you think you know the hero from the villain something happens that cast a shadow on someone’s motives. Or the supposed true hero suddenly dies. It is similar to our world but is clearly on another planet with much weirder turn of seasons. And here clearly are magic that contradicts our scientific view of the world. And yet we all buy it like children in front of the fire. Like we are supposed to.

The art of Storytelling itself is done with such love of the craft. On a such a mastery level that you are left sometimes speechless after a viewing.

This is easily the best Storytelling I have ever experienced.

And the Game of Thrones the Music is one of the best ever made.

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Life is a Game

Life is a game [The 3 major games humans play]

And what about the moral of the story? What are we supposed to take with us? This is just what storytelling is about. Conveying morals and teaching us stuff. Don’t you ever think that stories are just silly tales for children or a temporary distraction from what is real in life. Then you have not been listening. Stories is the very way your brain runs. All your conscious thoughts are just a story your brain is telling for you. Your Story as I write in my blog.

So for me it is easy. Life is a Game with lots of PERMA in it. There are 3 games we play on our planet. They are:

Game of Social

Society is a big game. A game of social understanding, belonging and fitting in. To befriend everyone and to be popular. Most of us play this game within the current tribe(s). But for some chosen few it’s a game on a world stage. We all play it. For many it is a hidden game that the subconscious brain plays without us knowing it.

But some play it on a very conscious level. Some play it in the old world where many people still live. There it is a game of climbing social ladders. Where you play it with the other “players”.

Others play it in the new world, where it’s a game of flourishing in social networks. To do Social Good. And get the recognition for it. Here Social Media is a great tool to help you along. But don’t forget meeting all your contacts in person where the real magic is happening.

Let’s do Social Good!

Train your Empathizing skills and Join the Masquerade.

Game of Money [And Status]

This is the game that most people play. Most play it to keep their family fed, safe and happy. But there is large scale game of money that just escalates every year. More and more are getting into the game and stakes is getting higher every year. We will probably not stop playing this game in the foreseeable future. But we must change the rules. It’s already out of hand. Much because so much of the game is hidden or many steps removed from common life.

We must make the game transparent and we must change the victory condition for what a winning hand looks like.

We already know that once you have enough money giving you more money will not make you smarter or more creative. And you will not be happier. Quite often the opposite. It’s the innate feeling of belonging and status that trigger the hunt for money and what it buy us. Generating money by using money is a game in it self that triggers many game mechanics that reward us for our behavior.

Here we can change what gives us status and belonging to groups by making our actions open and transparent. When we can see what people spend their money on we can highlight what is important in life. We can give credits to people that does Social Good. In a modern designer boardgame money is usually just a mean to get you Prestige- and Victory-points.

We must change what gives Prestige-points in our society and life.

Game of Power

I have a previous blog about the Game of Power. Go on and read it! Instead of trying to gain power on the cost of others. We can make the game about who can pull with the greatest power towards a common goal.

Who can show the biggest Power of Strength?

“As we learn more about our own nature we can embark on a journey into our own soul. To play this new game of Power. Just like the stars in our Galaxy we can play this as collaborative game where everyone wins. Where we all pull together in the same direction. Just imagine what force we can amass when we pull together.” – @LordSillion

Let’s play tonight!

DJ Bailar – Life Is A Game (DJ Anheim Floor Killer Club Mix)

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

House Sillion - Life is a Game

House Sillion – Life is a Game

How can you be a modern Ninja #Blogg100

#051 [LI]
Do you work like Leonardo DaVinci? [3D printing yourself]

Today I have listened to many more sessions from #SXSWi. Some of them great and I just want to share the here. As before I have them all collected in my list.

Cred from my hometown Varberg has also been in Austin and South bu SouthWest. Read their blog in Swedish that explains well what SXSW is all about: Keep Austin Weird

MakerBot 3D printing

Bre Pettis talks about the 3D printer MakerBot in Games: Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. with the opening introduction to SXSWi also. It’s amazing story about the process about making 3D printing. And they apparently have a retail store in New York. So guess what I’m going to do when I visit New York next week? Read more about it on TechCrunch.

MakerBot

Bre Pettis demos a 3D Laser scanner for doing 3D printing with MakerBot

Here be Dragons [Do Sketching and Journaling]

Design Like DaVinci: Leonardo’s Sketching Lessons by Brian Sullivan. As you listen to it you can see the slideshare at the same time. Write down ideas and sketch when you are thinking. Write a Journal. Here are 7 tips from the lecture. Many of the go hand in hand with Einstein’s 5 tips for Increasing your Intelligence.

Find all tips under Journaling.

7 Steps to Everyday Genius

1. Be curious.You should be constantly learning.
2. Test knowledge. Learn from your mistakes.
3. Improve your own experience. Make it multi-sensory.
4 .Embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty
5. Whole-brain thinking (science / art, logic / emotion)
6. Know the physical world (grace, dexterity, fitness)
7. Use system-thinking. See interconnections

DaVinci made 13 000 sketches in his life

DaVinci made 13 000 sketches in his life

Build trust and use Storytelling

Use storytelling to build trust with customers. The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust by Rohit Bhargava where he talks about how to earn trust.

Ninja Teams

Ninja Innovation: Ten Killer Strategies by Gary Shapiro. How to be an Ninja in a modern society. The most important thing to remember is that a Ninja never works alone. And it’s great if the Ninjas have different skills and different ways of thinking.

Small teams of Ninjas can easily take on a much larger force!

More to games to come

Susan O’Connor talks about getting emotions into modern games in Angry Nerds: Being Human in the Digital Age. She is currently behind the new type of emotional Storytelling in the new Tomb Raider.

@LordSillion