The other night I watched a sci fi movie on Netflix
Maybe you’ve seen it.
It’s called, “Paycheck,” with Ben Affleck.
He was an engineer, and he and his partner had an interesting way for him to take lucrative freelance jobs.
He’d go to a company, help them invent some new product, and they’d pay him.
And then his partner would erase the portion of his memory, so he couldn’t divulge the secret information to other companies.
But in the beginning, they showed him practicing some kind of martial art.
Even though he wasn’t a fighter, and the movie hadn’t gotten to the part where he had to USE any kind of “fighting,” it made sense.
If you are going to be a scientist and have portions of your brain wiped periodically, you need to stay in “fighting shape.”
Most people recognize that “staying in shape” is important.
Most sports can be improved if you have more endurance.
Boxing, basketball, tennis, even bowling or golf are easier if you’re in good shape.
Any lots of endurance-heavy sports like boxing or basketball sometimes come down to which athlete is in better shape.
Once you are too tired to lift your arms to block a punch, your boxing skills won’t count for much.
Kind of like Mark Twain’s truism about reading.
The difference between somebody who CAN’T read and the difference between somebody who WON’T read is NOTHING.
The difference between a boxer who CAN’T lift his arms due to fatigue, and a boxer who doesn’t KNOW HOW to lift his arms is nothing.
Both are going to get punched in the face.
What’s the best “conditioning” for “life skills?”
Public speaking, debating, even acting skills can often boil down to who’s got the most confidence, not the best skills.
Even before George Clooney became world famous, and had to go to auditions like other struggling actors, he said confidence was WAY more important than skill.
Robin Williams started out in a TV show called “Mork and Mindy.”
(About an alien named Mork).
How did he get the part?
He showed up at the audition and ACTED like an “alien” the whole time.
When he was waiting, he actually sat in his chair upside down.
That’s not an advanced acting trick.
That’s advanced CONFIDENCE.
The more CONFIDENCE you have, the easier life is.