The conversation was about flow. “skills are on the x axis, while difficulty is on the y. The goal is to find the point where the two intersect, up there, on the right”. Something I am good at, that is really hard to do.

I thought about how much time I spend on the lower left, the stuff of Facebook, random email, meetings, and, well, more Facebook. Meanwhile, the art project remains undone, books unread, skills unlearned.

I am not afraid of difficult things, but for some reason I think I should just be able to do them without having to go through all that hassle of education. So, I try, inevitably fail, and give up. The only thing I’ve taken any courses in over a decade is skiing – and it’s the only talent where I know I can get up in to the top right corner.

With my writing I am muscling through. I keep trying, but without any formal training or guidance. It’s the closest I have to something I can’t not do. It would make sense that if I want to move along the x, I’d be well advised to get advice.

What stops me from wanting to learn? Whether its surfing or Italian, piano or leadership, baking or Photoshop – it’s a matter getting past my ego and inertia.

A buddy told me he’s decided to take up kite surfing. He recently spent an afternoon going up and down the beach flying a kite. It’s going to take time, and it’s going to be frustrating, but he’s committed to it. I gotta think that’ll pay off in other areas for him.

I’m not much of a linear type guy, but I do like the idea of that line moving upward, left to right. Anyone know a good piano teacher?