Dogfooding your coaching

In the August 2013 Wired, Clive Thompson introduced me to a term that I had never heard: Dogfooding. Thompson wrote that Microsoft coders invented the term in the 1980s, as it described coders having to use their own products day in and day out. The idea was that if you use your own product, you will find the bugs and be more motivated to fix them and create a better product. Thompson introduced the idea in his article “Mr. Senator, Eat Your Own Dog Food” as a way to encourage the federal government to get more done. […]

The 10,000-Hour Question: How long does it take to learn a skill?

Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, July/August 2013

In his Tedx talk titled “The First 20 Hours – How to Learn Anything”, Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, attacked the popular 10,000-hour rule. Kaufman explained the bastardization of the 10,000-hour rule from its original meaning in research to its meaning today in popular culture, as a means of introducing his important findings: It takes far less than 10,000 hours to become good at something. […]