Monday, July 11, 2011

Why we were in Duncanville, TX

What do you love so much that you are willing to spend 10,000 hours doing in order to reach a high level of proficiency? 

For weeks after I came across the “10,000 hour rule” (which claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours) I asked myself that question. 

Training is on our short list.

We haven’t yet trained others for 10,000 hours yet but we've done enough to highlight our need improve our skills, as we wrote about back in February of 2010. After that post, a friend of ours from our days in Mexico recommended a workshop called Learning that LASTS. In June we were finally able to attend one, along with the academic director of the youth leadership institute here in Buenos Aires, Walter Bongiorno. The training was well worthwhile. We've already been putting it into practice here in Argentina and shortly will also be using it in Madrid and Northern Spain.
Everyone at the "Learning that Lasts" training had experience in training and
were wanting to maximize the impact and application of what they teach. At the core of what we learned is this concept: Do not tell what you can ask. Do not ask if you know the answer; tell in dialogue.

During a break in our training we went to the Fort Worth stockyards.
Now that's a real Texas experience

This foto above was taken on June 16th, 2011... Annette and my 20th anniversary. I'm still trying to figure out how I could have made this dinner more romantic (ja ja). Tim did some calculations that showed that we’re in the proficiency zone when it comes to time spent loving each other: 20 yrs x 365.25 days x 22 hrs/day = 160,710. So that’s something (smile).

The participants in the training workshop came from all over the world.
(click here for more pics on Facebook)

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