Hello Everyone.  I am excited to say that I have a guest contributor to Mr. Rodge’s Neighborhood.  This writer shares their various personal and professional experiences to provide down to earth, practical insights into our daily lives.  Please welcome Sam Choi of Simple Wisdom Web and Blog.


Now, besides cooking, there was a few things I learned during my times as a chef in a 2 Michelin Starred restaurant.


Some Back Story

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Before people jump to conclusions, I was never considered an exceptionally gifted child. I had some talent in writing and drawing, but what child didn’t? And I never really harvested that talent, and so by the time I was in the fifth grade, my reading comprehension level was two years behind, at the 3rd grade level.

 

However, later on in life, I got tired of being considered average, and so I pushed myself. I put myself in situations that were uncomfortable, because I knew that I would grow. To give you an example of my somewhat obsession, one of the times I was homeless(and there have been several), I became homeless on purpose because I thought there was something to learn there, and I was right.

 

And if there was any overarching theme in my life, it would be that growth comes from experience, and you do not have to wait for life to give them to you. As we get older, our focus becomes more narrow, and we start to worry more. We focus on our careers, and we worry about retirement or rent. We lose sight of something much more important than financial security.

 

We forget to be better people. And that doesn’t only mean being smart or “intelligent”, it also includes our morals, ethics, and principals. How do we become more grateful? How do we become happier, and how can we spread that happiness? The genre of self-improvement has a narrow scope of being more productive or more active. A lot of the material out there tries to motivate you to be more successful and sexier, which is great, but what about our morals?

 

I think we should focus on our inner state of mind, as much as we focus on our outwardly success. But I don’t want to preach that right now either. Back to what I learned from being a chef.

 

If you lift weights, this idea will come easy for you as well. When I was a chef, everything was about repetition. I have probably cut 100,000 mushrooms, peas, tomatoes, and scallops. I have probably cooked the same 3-5 dishes over 1000 times each. And what I have learned is, that is mastery. If you want to truly master something, get closer to a goal, it’s all about repetition. Arnold Schwarzenegger thought the same thing when he was a bodybuilding champion. For him, every rep was a step closer to his goals. Getting better slowly, but surely getting better.

 

But just blindly repeating something is not enough. You also have to reflect. Every time I cooked a dish, I looked back, and saw what I could do better the next time I cooked the same dish. Perhaps the flame was too low, and I could save some time at a higher heat, or the dish tasted to salty, and so I should put less salt next time. You have to reflect and see what you can improve on every time. And then, the final and most important step is to actually make the change.

 

So if there is something you want to learn or improve upon, however you practice the skill, habit, or craft, remember: it’s all about repetition. And who cares if it takes you longer than a week to master a skill? Too many people overestimate what they can do in a week, and underestimate what they can accomplish in a year. Give yourself some time, you deserve it.

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Here’s an outline

  1. Find your path
  2. Get closer to mastery through repetition.
  3. And reflect every step of the way.

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Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Mr. Rodge!

-Sam

 

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Happy New Year’s everyone!  The New Year brings with it an opportunity to start anew.  In our culture, it is quite common to make New Year’s resolutions.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a resolution as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.”  A resolution is basically a goal.  I think it is great that people use the New Year to make resolutions.  Having goals for oneself is always encouraged.  People relate well to cycles; a new year is essentially the natural beginning of a cycle, thus a relatively convenient time to set goals.  Obviously, we should not confine resolutions or goals to New Year’s Day.  We should all be in a state of continually developing and progressing ourselves.

We are all aware of the ease of making a goal or resolution compared to the challenge of actually sticking with them.  I feel our resolutions should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress.  Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal.   We have a much greater likelihood of keeping our resolutions, no matter when they are made, if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal.  Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals. We must have resolve in our resolutions.   Achieving success is a process and not an event!

 

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It-s-all-good-baby-babyWow!!  We are already half way through 2016.  To think, just 6 months ago, many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, committing ourselves to some sort of improvement in our lives.   Fast-forward to the present.  Where do you stand with your goal or resolution?  Were you able to stick with it?  If so, I congratulate you on your dedication and persistence.  On the flip side, however, is the cold reality that many of us have abandoned our resolutions.  And know what?  That’s ok.…….you are still on the path to accomplishing your goal!  I want to encourage you to regroup and refocus.  Remember, success is a process and not an event.  In many cases, the process involves some stumbles, whether it is failure or losing focus.  If you slipped up, the past is the past; it is what it is.  Learn from it and apply it to the future.  You can get back on track. It’s all good.

travelYou are instructed to travel to New York City from your present location.  What different modes of transportation can you use to get there?  You could fly by airplane, drive a car, or ride a train or bus.  You may use a combination of those forms of transportation.  The amount of time and directions will likely be different for each form of transportation, yet, the bottom line is you can get to NYC.

This same principle applies to our lives.  We all share the same destination:  a desire to have success at something.  It may be related to family, finances, relationships, etc.  Even though we share the same destination (success), the path to reach that destination may be filled with delays, detours, and construction when compared to others who are traveling to the same destination.  The great thing is, despite those obstacles, we can all reach the same destination.  You have what you need to get there!