“The key to strategy… is not to choose a path to victory, but to choose so that all paths lead to a victory.”
— Cavilo, The Vor Game
I never needed to “manage time” and I never needed to “discipline” myself. People who have dealt with me know how I am; I am intensely undisciplined: I sit around unwashed; emails and phone calls to me go unanswered.
I knew all I needed to do was change my environment. And that’s all I really “tried” to do, that’s the only place I made an effort. I am encouraging you to try the same. Not because you “should”, but because it’s the easy way out.
Real men don’t take the easy way out. But I’m not a real man. I’m a pathetic wusspot who thinks sweats can count as formal wear if they’re new 1.
Take the easy way out. Don’t change yourself. Change your environment. Don’t choose Japanese. Choose a Japanese environment. Don’t do Japanese. Only have Japanese to do 2. Don’t try to “win” at Japanese, just make it so that winning at Japanese is the only possible conclusion.
- Don’t try to read Japanese books. Just only have Japanese books in your house/room/car/bag.
- Don’t try to watch Japanese TV and movies. Just only have Japanese TV and movies. And then leave them playing.
- Don’t watch movies. Just leave movies playing with the sound on.
- Don’t surf more Japanese websites. Just have them always loading and loaded. Make Yahoo Kids your homepage. Use the Surusu URL Shuffler.
You don’t learn the language you could, should or want to learn. You learn the language of your bedroom, your kitchen, your living room, your web browser history, and your iPod.
- So…a chav. Wait, no! ↩
- As far as possible, obviously. But you don’t know what’s possible until you try. As Arthur C. Clarke famously opined: “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible”. What is actually possible is probably out in the area of what you currently mistakenly assume to be impossible. Don’t make disabling excuses. Make enabling excuses. ↩