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tvellalott
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2/14/2013 9:25:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
What are the top skills you don't possess but hypothetically could, given time, money and commitment?

I'd like to be able:
Play the piano
Draw really well
Speak another language (Japanese, French, Chinese... I have several I'd like to know)
Become an expert in a martial art (I'm partial to Wing Chun Kung Fu, but Muai Thai would probably be more efficient.)

Maybe we can even point each other in the right direction if we have a skill that someone else wants?

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2/14/2013 9:48:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Speak Spanish fluently.
Get better at guitar and painting and knitting.
Some kind of martial art would be pretty sweet to know.
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2/14/2013 9:52:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Learn a martial art.
Learn parkour.
Learn how to shuffle/do magic tricks with cards well.
Learn a different language(preferably Spanish).
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2/14/2013 9:52:47 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Martial arts of course. I'd also like to learn a language, preferably Japanese because I would love to live in Japan. And being drawing was a skill that i attempted to acquire, but kinda gave up on. Learning yoga and meditation would also be interesting. And I'm probably gonna start trying to learn python soon. If anyone has any good sources for that, it would be much appreciated.
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2/14/2013 9:55:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
- Speaking/reading Latin
- Playing the cello
- Painting
- Ballroom dancing
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2/14/2013 9:57:28 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 9:52:47 PM, muzebreak wrote:
Martial arts of course. I'd also like to learn a language, preferably Japanese because I would love to live in Japan. And being drawing was a skill that i attempted to acquire, but kinda gave up on. Learning yoga and meditation would also be interesting. And I'm probably gonna start trying to learn python soon. If anyone has any good sources for that, it would be much appreciated.

I liked http://www.codecademy.com... Stayed up all night once with it because it was fun. :) Fair warning, I did the Javascript track and haven't even started the Python one, but it's bet they have fairly similar methods of instruction anyway.
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2/14/2013 9:59:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 9:57:28 PM, Andromeda_Z wrote:
At 2/14/2013 9:52:47 PM, muzebreak wrote:
Martial arts of course. I'd also like to learn a language, preferably Japanese because I would love to live in Japan. And being drawing was a skill that i attempted to acquire, but kinda gave up on. Learning yoga and meditation would also be interesting. And I'm probably gonna start trying to learn python soon. If anyone has any good sources for that, it would be much appreciated.

I liked http://www.codecademy.com... Stayed up all night once with it because it was fun. :) Fair warning, I did the Javascript track and haven't even started the Python one, but it's bet they have fairly similar methods of instruction anyway.

Thanks!
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2/14/2013 10:02:34 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 9:57:28 PM, Andromeda_Z wrote:
At 2/14/2013 9:52:47 PM, muzebreak wrote:
Martial arts of course. I'd also like to learn a language, preferably Japanese because I would love to live in Japan. And being drawing was a skill that i attempted to acquire, but kinda gave up on. Learning yoga and meditation would also be interesting. And I'm probably gonna start trying to learn python soon. If anyone has any good sources for that, it would be much appreciated.

I liked http://www.codecademy.com... Stayed up all night once with it because it was fun. :) Fair warning, I did the Javascript track and haven't even started the Python one, but it's bet they have fairly similar methods of instruction anyway.

Wow i'm more tired than i thought... I think i meant to write "i'd bet"?
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2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
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2/14/2013 10:12:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

- Play the guitar well
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
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2/14/2013 10:17:18 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

That sounds easy? That sounds really hard to me.
"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan

This is the response of the defenders of Sparta to the Commander of the Roman Army: "If you are a god, you will not hurt those who have never injured you. If you are a man, advance - you will find men equal to yourself. And women.
Subutai
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2/14/2013 10:19:28 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:17:18 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

That sounds easy? That sounds really hard to me.

I've been working on all four for awhile. I only have on more degree of black belt until I become a master, I speak Chinese pretty well, and the other two I'm practicing.
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
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2/14/2013 10:36:42 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'm working on most of mine.

1. Cooking
2. Dancing
3. Chess
4. Guitar
5. Pick-up http://tinyurl.com...
6. Management, Sales, Marketing
7. Value Investing
8. Ultimate (Frisbee)
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2/14/2013 10:42:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:19:28 PM, Subutai wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:17:18 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

That sounds easy? That sounds really hard to me.

I've been working on all four for awhile. I only have on more degree of black belt until I become a master, I speak Chinese pretty well, and the other two I'm practicing.

I was referring to the johnny cash one, and how you implied that it sounds easy.
"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan

This is the response of the defenders of Sparta to the Commander of the Roman Army: "If you are a god, you will not hurt those who have never injured you. If you are a man, advance - you will find men equal to yourself. And women.
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2/14/2013 10:55:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:42:35 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:19:28 PM, Subutai wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:17:18 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

That sounds easy? That sounds really hard to me.

I've been working on all four for awhile. I only have on more degree of black belt until I become a master, I speak Chinese pretty well, and the other two I'm practicing.

I was referring to the johnny cash one, and how you implied that it sounds easy.

Well it's not.
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
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2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.
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2/14/2013 10:56:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:55:04 PM, Subutai wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:42:35 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:19:28 PM, Subutai wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:17:18 PM, muzebreak wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:10:37 PM, Subutai wrote:
- Become a Tae Kwon Do master
- Become fluent in Chinese
- Play the piano well
- Sing like Johnny Cash (not as easy as it sounds)

That sounds easy? That sounds really hard to me.

I've been working on all four for awhile. I only have on more degree of black belt until I become a master, I speak Chinese pretty well, and the other two I'm practicing.

I was referring to the johnny cash one, and how you implied that it sounds easy.

Well it's not.

Yes, I would agree. I just don't think it sounds easy.
"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan

This is the response of the defenders of Sparta to the Commander of the Roman Army: "If you are a god, you will not hurt those who have never injured you. If you are a man, advance - you will find men equal to yourself. And women.
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2/14/2013 11:00:25 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

Studies have shown that smiling actually increases happiness. Especially with those able to preform a Duchenne smile on command.
"Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." - Carl Sagan

This is the response of the defenders of Sparta to the Commander of the Roman Army: "If you are a god, you will not hurt those who have never injured you. If you are a man, advance - you will find men equal to yourself. And women.
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2/15/2013 10:04:37 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
The ability to like life..

And to learn martial arts, and a language.

I'd like to get real good in visualization as well, since I cannot do it at all...
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2/16/2013 7:17:16 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

Meth helps. The Onion backs me up.

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2/16/2013 7:19:41 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Well I'm learning how to play guitar and I am a decent singer (or so I have been told). I would really like to learn another martial art. I wrestled for four years so I am partial to grappling, so I'm thinking Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But I would like to learn some striking also.
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2/20/2013 6:45:00 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I don't know yet, not because I don't have ideas but because I am 14 and haven't had the opportunity to even try anything like this.

I'd love being an MLG Pro, preferably for Halo games.
My parents rarely let me play though... :(
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2/20/2013 6:45:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

^that
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2/20/2013 7:49:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

When I was meditating 5 hours a day for 2 months straight, it was the happiest time of my life. I'm still very well but I'd like to get back there. It was profound. It's just so much hard work. I meditate about an 1 every day now, throughout the day. I can affirmably say that it's become impossible for me to be depressed.
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2/20/2013 10:27:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/20/2013 7:49:38 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

When I was meditating 5 hours a day for 2 months straight, it was the happiest time of my life. I'm still very well but I'd like to get back there. It was profound. It's just so much hard work. I meditate about an 1 every day now, throughout the day. I can affirmably say that it's become impossible for me to be depressed.

Do you have any tips on starting meditation. What environment/mindset should I cultivate before meditating, and what should I do during meditation?
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2/21/2013 3:08:25 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 2/20/2013 10:27:22 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 2/20/2013 7:49:38 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 2/14/2013 10:55:30 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
I think not being depressed all the time is a good place to start.

When I was meditating 5 hours a day for 2 months straight, it was the happiest time of my life. I'm still very well but I'd like to get back there. It was profound. It's just so much hard work. I meditate about an 1 every day now, throughout the day. I can affirmably say that it's become impossible for me to be depressed.

Do you have any tips on starting meditation. What environment/mindset should I cultivate before meditating, and what should I do during meditation?

I find pranayama to be the most effective method for me. Which employs continually breathing as deeply and slowly as you can. This serves to hyper relax you and keep you mindful at the same time. As for your thoughts, don't worry about them. They will come on their own. No use in guiding them. No use in stopping them. Let the mind wander, as long as you're staying mindful. You'll find that thoughts have a natural flow to them. There is no goal to meditation. You're not trying to get anywhere. It's like singing. You sing to sing, not to get to the last note.
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2/26/2013 6:20:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
- Become a stronger, faster runner
- Improve my debating skills
- Get a higher GPA
- Achieve fluency in German

Also having a good outlook and a feeling of confidence and enjoyment are worthy goals.
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