5 Paths to Being the Best at Anything…. anything?

Great article for this weekend’s read and research I recommend for everyone.

“The Five Paths To Being the Best at Anything”.

I mostly like this myself, as I am a jack of all trades and I know I am good, if not great with most things I do. Don’t mean to come across cocky, but we all need to toot on own horn once in a while. Though I wonderful, within all my own insecurities what I do better and what I just don’t get.  So reading more on why I may or may not do things well is pretty fascinating.

As you all know, I’m on the radio along side Vicky Sepulveda on our show call Chica About Town, on Radio Mujer 95.1 and I will say that it’s hard work to come across with all your duck in a row on air.  After reading this article, I know understand how to get better and why all my duckies sometimes stray aways from a straight line. LOL

Here is the break down:

  • 10,000 Hours  (.…about that. Depends on what exactly we are talking about)
  • Have Great Genetics  (well come on! lol)
  • Be Part of A Great Team  (Have this part covered. Thanks Vicky)
  • Be A Giver  (I am an extreme giver)
  • Combine Them  (all or some of these above)

Enjoy this article!

Carlos Platero Jr.


The Five Paths To Being the Best at Anything.

By Eric Barker

10,000 Hours

Let’s get the most famous one out of the way first: Hard work pays off.

…the most elite violinists accumulated about the same number of hours of deliberate practice (about 7,410 hours) by the age of 18 as professional middle-aged violinists belonging to international-level orchestras (about 7,336 hours)! By the age of 20, the most accomplished musicians estimated they spent over 10,000 hours in deliberate practice, which is 2,500 and 5,000 hours more than two less accomplished groups of expert musicians or 8,000 hours more than amateur pianists of the same age.

That said, 10,000 hours is an average. And deliberate practice is not just going through the motions.

You’ve spent more than 10,000 hours driving but that doesn’t make you ready for NASCAR or Formula One.

Deliberate practice means getting feedback and always pushing to improve. It’s not flow and it’s not fun.

But it is what molds champions.

(More on how you can become an expert here.)

Have Great Genetics

I won’t lie to you: being a member of the lucky sperm club certainly has its advantages.

Via The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance:

Even in this age of hyperspecialization in sports, some rare individuals become world-class athletes, and even world champions, in sports from running to rowing with less than a year or two of training. As with Gobet’s chess players, in all sports and skills, the only real rule is that there is a tremendous natural range.

There are also genetic advantages in the area of music, math and writing.

Via The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice:

Heritability coefficients were strongest in music (.92), math (.87), sports (.85), and writing (.83) of the explained variance.

This is usually cause for many to throw up their arms and surrender. (These people do not have much grit, mind you.)

But the existence of genetic advantages doesn’t mean you should give up. I’d ask you two questions:

  1. Have you tried a wide variety of things to see if you possess genetic advantages at any of them?
  2. Have you tried aligning your efforts with the areas where you show a level of natural talent?

As David Epstein explains, the model is no longer “good at sports” or “not good at sports” — it’s “which sport was your body designed for?”

Via The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance:

But, as Norton and Olds saw, as winner-take-all markets emerged, the early-twentieth-century paradigm of the singular, perfect athletic body faded in favor of more rare and highly specialized bodies that fit like finches’ beaks into their athletic niches. When Norton and Olds plotted the heights and weights of modern world-class high jumpers and shot putters, they saw that the athletes had become stunningly dissimilar. The average elite shot putter is now 2.5 inches taller and 130 pounds heavier than the average international high jumper…Just as the galaxies are hurtling apart, so are the body types required for success in a given sport speeding away from one another toward their respective highly specialized and lonely corners of the athletic physique universe.

Tall and thin? Try basketball. Short and thick? Weightlifting. Mom and dad are successful engineers? Give math a whirl.

Taking advantage of genetic gifts is a matter of finding what your body and mind might have been designed to excel at and aligning your efforts appropriately.

(More on genetic advantages — and how I had my own DNA analyzed — here.)

Be Part Of A Great Team

Working 10K hours and having naturally steady hands can be a great advantage to a doctor but surgeons only get better at their home hospital.

Why? That’s where they know the team best and develop strong working relationships.

Via Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success:

Overall, the surgeons didn’t get better with practice. They only got better at the specific hospital where they practiced. For every procedure they handled at a given hospital, the risk of patient mortality dropped by 1 percent. But the risk of mortality stayed the same at other hospitals. The surgeons couldn’t take their performance with them.They weren’t getting better at performing coronary artery bypass grafts. They were becoming more familiar with particular nurses and anesthesiologists, learning about their strengths and weaknesses, habits and styles.

Star analysts on Wall Street? Same thing.

Via Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success:

Even though they were supposed to be individual stars, their performance wasn’t portable. When star analysts moved to a different firm, their performance dropped, and it stayed lower for at least five years.

What about for artists? Yeah, baby.

Via Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s drought lasted until he gave up on independence and began to work interdependently again with talented collaborators. It wasn’t his own idea: his wife Olgivanna convinced him to start a fellowship for apprentices to help him with his work. When apprentices joined him in 1932, his productivity soared, and he was soon working on the Fallingwater house, which would be seen by many as the greatest work of architecture in modern history.

(More on how your friends can make you a better personhere.)

Be A Giver

Researchers who hog the credit on scientific papers are less likely to win a Nobel prize.

Those who give younger academics a bit of the spotlight are more likely to have a trip to Stockholm in their future.

Via The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

One striking finding was the beneficence of Nobel laureates, or as Zuckerman termed it, noblesse oblige.In general, when a scientific paper is published, the author who did the most is listed first.There are exceptions to this, and this can vary from field to field, but Zuckerman took it as a useful rule of thumb.What she found was that Nobel laureates are first authors of numerous publications early in their careers, but quickly begin to give their junior colleagues first authorship. And this happens far before they receive the Nobel Prize… By their forties, Nobel laureates are first authors on only 26 percent of their papers, as compared to their less accomplished contemporaries, who are first authors 56 percent of the time. Nicer people are indeed more creative, more successful, and even more likely to win Nobel prizes.

We think of givers as getting exploited or walked on. And that definitely happens.

Wharton Professor Adam Grant explained in our interview:

What I find across various industries, and various studies is the Givers are most likely to end up at the bottom. That’s primarily because they end up putting other people first in ways that either burn them out, or will allow them to get taken advantage of and exploited by Takers.

But that’s not the end of the story. If givers resist being martyrs, or have a circle of “matchers” who protect them, they end up on top:

Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and said if Givers are at the bottom, who’s at the top? Actually, I was really surprised to discover, it’s the Givers again. The people who consistently are looking for ways to help others are over-represented not only at the bottom, but also at the top of most success metrics.

(More on balancing nice with tough here.)

Combine Them

Only got 5000 hours and “pretty good” genetics?Combining these methods can provide powerful results.

You don’t need to work endlessly or be born brilliant. There’s a very simple formula we can all use to get a benefit from this information:

  1. Always work hard to improve.
  2. When choosing tasks and strategies, consider your natural gifts.
  3. Pick a great team and get familiar with them.
  4. Within reason, always help others.

All other things being equal, I can’t imagine how this combination would not lead to an impressive level of success. Can you?



Bi & Strong


For those that need a bit more information on bisexuality, here is a comprehensive video on that topic by R.J Aguiar and following it, a wonderful article from Huffington Post.

I agree with Straight, Gay or even Bi, frankly who cares. It’s your sexual business at the end of the day (or anything of the day for that matter).   Just let love and let go of any title or stigmas.

Enjoy R.J’s video, may help you with any Bi question you may have.

Fun video.

Carlos Platero Jr.

Article by Sarah Barness:

If you think bisexuality is a gateway to being gay, or assume someone who identifies as bi is indecisive or lying to themselves, just stop. Stop right there.

In a video posted to YouTube July 7, online personality R.J. Aguiar provides a comprehensive, yet hilarious, explanation of what it means to be bisexual. Hopefully his spot-on explanation puts to rest the debate over bisexuality.

“First off, bisexuality exists,” Aguiar says in response to a reader’s doubts about his sexuality.

“These people [who ask narrow-minded questions about bisexuality] are the ones who like to think in binaries,” he goes on to explain. “When you’re little, binaries are all right because they are your first stepping stone to understanding how the world works.”

Eventually, he adds, one should realize the world doesn’t consist entirely of binaries like night and day, big and small, short and tall. There is a spectrum of times between night and day, just as there is a spectrum of sexualities between gay and straight, he says.

One of the most important takeaways from this video message, however, is that sexual identification is a personal matter that does not require justification or verification from others.

“It’s your job to go after what you want and what makes you happy,” says Aguiar. “It’s not your job to always be explaining yourself to other people. Especially when it comes to stuff that really isn’t any of their business to begin with.”

Amen to that.


“Sorry It Did Not go Viral” …. LOL

This Pawl Guel character has made a funny video about why your names are written wrong on your Starbucks coffee cups.  The video was great, so Paul you did splendid my friend.  Now I feel bad I don’t spend $5 for coffee!  I too could have had a misspelled to-go coffee cup.

Ok best line of this video is “Sorry it did not go viral”.

Point of this story. ….  none, Its just funny.    Enjoy

Carlos Platero Jr-

p.s save your money. LOL

Check it out (Paul Gale Comedy)

Your Favorite Album in Your 20’s


Yup before we all start judging people based on their music, think about where they come from and how old or young they are.

Most people will forever LOVE the music they listened to in their 20’s.

So here is mine!   Weekend Players –  Pursuit of Happiness.  GREAT ALBUM!     Jericho my favorite song ever.  I got attached to it because I drove up to San Francisco for a big time Director job, so I attached myself in this album.  Phantogram may have gotten their inspiration here too.

Weekend Players was an electronic music duo from England. The musicians were vocalist Rachel Foster, who has provided vocals and songwriting on Bent‘s Ariels album, and producer Andy Cato, one half of Groove Armada.[1]



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Written by:  Carlos Platero Jr.

  1. Your musical taste does accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably lovefor the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.




Bibliotech… First of it’s Kind Library.



First of it’s kind. I really love the idea of this type of educational resources for our new generations or for any generation for that matter. It may help entice and promote the idea of study, research and the desire for knowledge. I would assume our current technological learners prefer to research off their laptops and phone through Google, than they would be heading down to the library.  BUT even I would be spending a lot more time at the “Bibliotech-ca” (library in spanish) if it looked like this.

Great article from #Kut.org following below of this beautiful Library in San Antonio Texas.  A must read.

Carlos Platero Jr.

Listen to the interview below about the new Library.


Bibliotech, the first-ever entirely digital library in the United States, will celebrate its first anniversary this month. The Bexar County space, which contains no physical books, still offers readers and researchers the traditional library experience of a quiet environment, or speaking with a librarian in person.

The Texas Standard’s David Brown speaks with head librarian Ashley Eklof about Bibliotech and how it is changing the landscape of public libraries in America.

On the digital library model:

“Libraries are about accessing information. We are still connecting information and making it available to the people in Bexar County. They can take an eReader home… it’s very much like a library in that they are able to take away content for free. It’s just a different model, a very sizable model, a very flexible model.”

On the physical library:

“We aren’t trying to sell anyone anything. We are just assisting them with accessing technology and information and books. So it’s nice to see people use the space and sit around all day and to be working on projects. We have a gentleman who comes and he is working on a screenplay in our space. We have students doing homework. So in that sense, I feel like it is more of a community center.”

On the availability of eBooks versus traditional books:

“We have about 25,000 individual e-books in our collection, and that’s growing. …We have a variety of audiobooks, magazines, movies, and so on. There are very few times that we’ve had someone say, ‘Can you get this book?’ and we can’t.”

“Not every publisher wants to work and provide e-content. That is definitely an issue that, as more people are wanting and buying and borrowing e-content, publishers are realizing that they need to make it more available to people.”