The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neill

June 19, 2013

I am a sucker for TED talks. Here's one I found particularly inspiring. This video is presented nicely and quite helpful when thinking about your own ambitions.

Notes on points I took from this video

  1. Write stuff down - you become the cumulative intelligence of your experiences. The author has written every day since he was 14. I find this very intriguing because I used to try and write as much as possible but have been slacking over the last ... 10 years. Sometimes I find old writing from when I was in high school and it takes me back in time. It is like a time machine to a former self. I plan on being more active with this blog as well as keeping personal notes so I can have a record of my life.
  2. One step at a time. As hard as a task can be, only focus on what is right in front of you. I've actually been practicing this quite successfully lately. Focusing on what is right in front of you at any given moment. Don't allow your mind to wander onto things that do not matter. Focus on the task at hand, and do it well. As hard as it gets, ask yourself, "Can I take one more step?"
  3. A page a day, and you'll have a book in a year.